Tuesday, 30 March 2010
This March 2010, UK once again has taken a step forward to show equality in their country particularly on treating homosexuals living there. The law takes in effect, which makes it criminal to 'stir' homophobic hatred, be it in words,behaviour or material that is threatening in nature.
This new law is very important to address the many websites and material stirring anti-gay hatred. Due to words being included in this new law, another area that will be put under scrutiny is song lyrics. This has the potential to stop, or at least minimise it.
It is also important to note that in London alone, 1,192 homophobic offences were reported in the year to September 09, up from 1,008 the previous year - a rise of 18.3% and an average of almost 3 per day. Most attacks go unreported.
There have been several concerns from religious leaders and comedians, that with the passing and implication of the new law, they will be criminalised by it.
However, the law will not impede freedom of speech, and the House of Lords have passed an amendment that will protect those who “urge gays to turn straight” or who “criticise homosexuality”. The amendment was tabled by Conservative party member Lord Waddington, the former Home Secretary under Margaret Thatcher. The amendment was made in such a way that it “allows the ‘discussion or criticism’ of sexual practices”, without those participating being prosecuted for it.
The new law will, however, “help prevent and tackle acts of serious hatred against individuals defined by reference to their sexual orientation, with a high threshold for prosecutions which must be approved by the Attorney General and heard before a jury.” Convictions of such offences could lead the offender to a fine, or up to a 7 year prison sentence.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
It is worth knowing the issue and the people who have been silenced for years and are now out in search for respect and equality.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
The fight of same-sex couples to be given equal rights as any other couples in the US has become a serious concern not only of the gay community, but also of many straight people who believe that human rights should be enjoyed by everyone regardless of one's sexual orientation.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
One of them is an everyday visitor of an online dating. She leads such a very hectic professional life and almost impossible to take a night and go dating, searching for Mr. Right. But she does not want to remain single all her life. In fact, she said that online dating has saved her from plunging into the pit of depression.
I think this is the struggle of many who are in their 30's and more and who are in the peak of their careers. Going out for a date and meet someone seems to be too complicated to do now. I won't say it is bad. In fact I am glad that we can chat and meet virtually someone and get to know the person a bit through the comforts of our living room or computer room! So those who are soon be out of the calendar... surf the web and try to go online and date! It's fun but be careful as many 'escroques' are lingering in the WWW.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
I lived in France for almost 4 years and saw a reality that a usual tourist would not see when he or she travels there and be charmed by the beauty of the Tour Eiffel! That reality of the immigration. Being part of those thousands of immigrants living in France, I found how challenging it was to be ‘integrated’ as what is expected to most immigrants. Luckily, my friends, mostly French, encouraged me a lot. So, the challenge was short-lived but for others, it is like being locked in a cellules, unable to get out of it and ending up so isolated. This is mostly happening to those who are in illegal status or what the French say: “sans papiers”.
Now the French government wants to be stricter on letting non-French, especially non Europeans from entering their territory: a pattern happening in many developed countries, though. In retrospect, France has been a country faced with immigration since time immemorial. It is part of its reality and evolution of its society. Who can stop this phenomenon?
While in this thinking, I found this film by chance in the www. It speak of the history of the immigration in France dated since 2 centuries. The narration is in French so those who speak and understand French, have a good viewing. For those who are English speakers, I will try to have a text translation of the narration and so please be patient but you can already view the image. To watch the film, you can click on the link below or you can copy and paste on your internet browser. Happy viewing!
A new law takes effect today in the nation’s capital, granting equal rights in marriage licensing for gay couples.
Washington, D.C.’s marriage equality legislation becomes law in spite of a Herculean effort by opponents to block its implementation through both legal action—including a last-minute Hail Mary pass to the U. S. Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts for a stay—as well as law maneuvering in the House and Senate.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday evening denied a request to stop the District of Columbia’s new law from going into effect Wednesday, March 3. Marriage opponent Harry Jackson and others had petitioned the high court to intervene to stop the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act” from taking effect until voters could address the issue through referendum.
While Roberts said he thinks the argument Jackson’s group makes “has some force,” he said the high court typically defers to the local courts about “matters of exclusively local concern.” He also noted that Congress, which has the power to review D.C. laws for 30 days before they take effect, took no action against the measure. And he pointed out that Jackson’s group still has the option to seek a ballot measure through an initiative process, and not a referendum.
The implementation of the new marriage equality law makes Washington, D. C, the sixth jurisdiction—along with Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont—to issue licenses to same-sex couples. The District is also the first place for marriage equality below the Mason-Dixon line