On July twenty-ninth the House voted to withhold funds that would be used to enforce San Francisco’s new law, which requires companies that do business with the city to offer health and other benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Rep. Frank Riggs, R-California, sponsored and defended the amendment saying, “We should not force or coerce private business to adopt policies they find morally objectionable.” However, the San Francisco Ordinance does not force companies to do anything. It simply allows the city to deny business from companies it finds morally objectionable.
While Riggs spoke passionately on behalf of his amendment he did not have as many vocal supporters as did the opposition. The amendment was passed quietly and shamefully.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .