End of the Age News
By Anthony Vandagriff
UTAH AND THE BATTLE ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Last Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional. This resulted in many same sex couples flocking to receive their marriage licenses so that their marriage would be recognized by the state of Utah.
On Monday, December 23, there are some trying to take a stand against this ruling. The state will be attempting to persuade Judge Shelby to put a hold on his ruling declaring the ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.
However, there are those who feel like putting a stay on this would affect many homosexual couples seeing that over 100 marriage licenses were issued after the original ruling on Friday. Attorney Peggy Tomsic said, “The status quo in Utah is that same-sex couples are marrying and their marriages must be recognized.”
The state has argued that traditional marriages increase the likelihood that children will be born and raised in stable family units with a biological mother and father. In light of this it appears many are of the opinion the legalization of same sex marriage in Utah is inevitable.
NSA SPYING COULD DO GOOD FOR THE US
By this point, mostly everyone is aware of the issues arising with the NSA. After the whistle blower, Edward Snowden, came out and revealed many things the NSA was doing, which he felt were unconstitutional, people started asking questions.
Apparently the system used by the NSA can unintentionally pick up and store data from US citizens although it is intended to find information on possible terrorists. Once the data is collected it is stored until the NSA feels they should delete it.
With that being said, the argument is now being made that the NSA could have possibly prevented the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. Congressman Peter King feels the NSA has not violated any laws or abused their power. He told NBC’s “Meet the Press” if the NSA had this program operational in 2001 the attacks on the world trade centers may have been prevented.
A Vermont senator, Patrick Leahy has somewhat of a different stance on the situation. He feels the NSA could do good as long as it reported and was accountable to the American people. He elaborated that the NSA has not given promise to the American people when saying, “They did such a poor job at the NSA that a subcontractor was able to steal all those secrets, and today, after spending millions of dollars, they still don’t know what was stolen.”
PEACE TALKS CONTINUE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
In the Middle East, Peace talks continue to take place despite those who may feel these talks are hopeless. Secretary of State John Kerry actually said a final peace may not be achieved but at least a framework peace or an interim agreement would be signed.
This would not completely settle all the issues between the Israelis and the Palestinians but this would bring peace about for a short time. Ultimately this would allow structure while final peace plans can be made and negotiated.
It is being stated that obstacles still remain to achieve peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians but the positives are out weighing the cons. There have been shootings and small out breaks in the West Bank costing some people their lives and recently there was a bombing on an Israeli bus; however, there is still a great expression of hope.
The reports that have been released are apparently bias and not unveiling the full story of the negotiations. Although there are strict stipulations on both sides, apparently a partial peace, an interim agreement, would do both sides good in comparison to how things are now.
Again, we hear reports that all roads will, without failure, lead to peace in the Middle East while others state now is not the time for peace and that conditions will not allow it. John Kerry’s goal is to have a deal signed by April of 2014 so we will be watching this closely in the meantime.
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