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Colorado Governor Vetoes Bill to Outlaw Same-Sex Marriages

Stating that same-sex unions may deserve legal recognition, Colorado Gov. Roy Romer vetoed a bill that would ban same-sex marriages. It is unlikely that state legislators will have enough votes to override the veto. The legislation is similar to bills in other states where measure supporters hope to exempt the state from recognizing gay marriages […]

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Justice Department Intervenes in Rape Case

A woman using the 1994 federal Violence Against Women Act to sue Virginia Tech and two football players on rape charges will get support from the Justice Department. The Department decided to intervene in the $10 million case; one of the defendants has challenged the constitutionality of the law which allows victims of sexual assaults […]

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Gay Couples Tie the Knot in San Francisco

Close to 200 couples participated in a ceremony Monday (3-25) to publicly acknowledge their status as domestic partners. Although the unions in the nation’s first mass “gay marriage” ceremony are not recognized by state law, couples felt their gestures were symbolic to their relationships and also to members of the California Assembly where a bill […]

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Barroom Rape Case Gets First Acquittal

Jurors in the New York state Supreme Court deliberated for four hours before finding Mark Hartle, 29, not guilty of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse. Hartle was accused of a gang rape in a restaurant bar in upstate New York the night of October 26, 1991 and had pled guilty to lesser charges in […]

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Patrolman Cleared of Federal Civil Rights Charges in Highway Harassment Episode

Claiming that the harassing and physically abusive actions of Lance Cpl. W.H. Beckwith do not merit federal charges, federal officials announced they will not pursue charges of civil rights violations for Beckwith’s conduct on January 8. When Beckwith turned on the sirens of his unmarked car and began following motorist Susan Antor or Miami, his […]

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Dole Throws Support Behind Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative

Having supported the deceptively title “California Civil Rights Initiative” to ban affirmative action programs for months, presidential candidate Bob Dole announced his position publicly for the first time. At a rally sponsored by supporters of the initiative — including Gov. Pete Wilson and businessman and University of California Regent Ward Connerly — Dole announced his […]

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Tomb of the Unknowns Gets First Female Guard

A military police officer from California took her place in Army history Friday as the first woman to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Guarding the tomb is an honor bestowed upon the best of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, the Army’s oldest and one of its most elite units. […]

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Oakland to Vote on Proposal to Protect Affirmative Action

On Tuesday (3-25), voters in Oakland, California will vote on a city charter amendment that supporters call a “pre-emptive strike” against the anti-affirmative action “California Civil Rights Initiative” on the November ballot to amend the state constitution. Measure G in Oakland would require the city to adjust its race-based and gender-based contracting and hiring programs […]

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Justice Department Calls Anti-Affirmative Action Decision “Wrong”

A top Justice Department official said Thursday that the Department is considering joining an appeal against a federal appeals court decision that ruled a University of Texas affirmative action program was unconstitutional. Calling the ruling “wrong” and an “incorrect decision,” Associate Attorney General John Schmidt said it is likely the Justice Department will back the […]

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Privacy Fight Poses Threat to Rape Victims

Nassrine Farhoody runs the Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts and has vowed to keep clients’ rape counseling records confidential even if it puts her in contempt of court. After a judge had ordered her to turn the records over by Wednesday afternoon (3-20), appeals Judge Raya S. Dreben ruled Thursday (3-21) that Farhoody could […]

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War Crimes Indictments Issued by Tribunal

The first indictments for war crimes allegedly committed against Bosnian Serbs were issued Friday (3-22) by an international tribunal. Three of the four indicted are Bosnian Muslims. The indictment details accounts of murder, torture, and repeated rapes of women at a prison camp in central Bosnia

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Probe Finds No Discrimination Against Whites at UC Berkeley; Texas Universities Worry About Diversity on Campus

On Wednesday (3-20), the University of California Berekley released a report stating that a federal investigation cleared the school of seven-year-old charges that its admissions policies discriminated against whites. The probe also found that academic performance improved under the campus’ affirmative action program, and did not decline, as alleged by critics. The report came two […]

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Russian Space Officials Stereotype Woman Astronaut to Board Space Station

Stating “we know women love to clean,” Gen. Yuri Glazkov predicted that female astronaut American Shannon Lucid will clean up and brighten up the Russian space station Mir during her five month stay expected to begin Saturday (3-22). Speaking at a NASA news conference, Glazkov, deputy commander of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, then stated […]

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Discrimination Persists in Boy Scouts

A judge denied a 12-year-old girl’s plea to be allowed to join the Boy Scouts while her legal case against the group process. Katrina Yeaw of California applied to the Boy Scouts in April 1995 because she, like her twin brother, wanted to learn canoeing, camping, and other outdoor skills. She was upset to be […]

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Court Rules Against Texas Diversity Policy

On Monday (3-19), the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a University of Texas admissions policy is unconstitutional and that public universities may not justify affirmative action programs based on the benefits of racial diversity. The decision will affect virtually all institutions of higher education taking racial diversity in account in admissions. The […]

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Military Policy Toward Gays Deemed Too Discriminatory for Connecticut

In a 3-2 decision Tuesday (3-19), the state Supreme Court of Connecticut ruled that the military cannot recruit at the University of Connecticut Law School because its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy violates a state anti-discrimination law. Citing the military’s “current discrimination against gay men and lesbians,” the ruling upheld a 1994 Superior Court judge’s […]