Sunday, February 16, 2014

Some more great news

Apologies (yet again) for how little I post on this blog anymore.  This start-a-museum thing has really become quite the project!

Anywho, as I've said before (and anyone reading this blog likely agrees with as well), an improvement in any oppressed group's rights tends to be good for other groups and the progress of society in general.  On that front, there were a couple of great developments in gay rights that are definitely worth mentioning. 

Last week, the Justice Department announced that it will require all of its employees nationwide to truly give equal protection under the law to all lawful same-sex marriages - from the right to alimony in a divorce, to visiting a spouse in prison, the right not to have to testify against a spouse in court, etc.. All of it!

Just a few days earlier, Scotland's parliament passed a bill to allow same-sex marriages. The bill is similar to the one that the British parliament recently passed.  The first same-sex marriages in the U.K. are set to take place at the end of March.

York becomes first city in Britain to ban 'cruel' foie gras

A council has become the first in the UK to pass a motion banning the sale of controversial delicacy foie gras in its city.

After a meeting in York, councillors voted in favour of a motion put forward by local Labour councillor Paul Blanchard, who suggested earlier this year that the members should oppose, in principle, the sale of the food anywhere in the city.

Read the rest of the article in the U.K.'s Mail Online...

Yay!  Thanks to author and activist Mark Hawthorne for the heads-up on this one!