July 13th, 2003

Professional

The world will end if two men are allowed to get married... or two women for that matter...

Have you heard about this push to add something to the Constitution saying that in the United States marraige is an institution between a man and a woman?? IMNSHO, this shows exactly how intimidated the anti-gay people are at this point... But at the same time, the fact that some politician thinks this stands a chance, and the fact that Bush is hemming and hawing, is a bit on the scary (who knows where this could go) side...
I guess the right wingers are tired of having people tell them anti-gay laws are unconstitutional...

From ajc.com - dated 7/3/2003
    Bush cool to marriage amendment

    By RON HUTCHESON -- Knight Ridder Newspapers

    WASHINGTON -- President Bush joined the growing debate over gay marriages Wednesday, saying he isn't sure if a constitutional ban on gay unions is "necessary yet," but adding that "marriage is between a man and woman."

    He offered his view a week after the Supreme Court gave new urgency to the issue by striking state laws against sodomy. The ruling called into question other laws gay rights advocates consider discriminatory, including bans against same-sex marriages.

    The issue -- the latest battle in the long-running culture war over gay rights -- seems certain to spill into the 2004 presidential election. Many social conservatives who form a key part of Bush's Republican Party support are increasingly intent on amending the Constitution to forbid gay marriage.

    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) joined them Sunday, saying in a TV interview he "absolutely" backs rewriting the Constitution to ban gay marriages.

    The issue is starting to boil because change is accelerating. Vermont recognizes "civil unions" between gays. Opponents of gay marriage say they expect to lose a Massachusetts lawsuit that could overturn that state's ban on same-sex marriages. And Canada said last month it will rewrite laws to make gay marriages legal.

    The proposed constitutional change would ban gay marriages by declaring: "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman."

    It's a particularly sensitive issue for Bush, who has maintained close ties to Christian conservatives, who tend to oppose gay marriage, while reaching out to swing voters more accepting of alternative lifestyles.

    "I don't know if it's necessary yet. Let's let the lawyers look at the full ramifications of the Supreme Court hearing," Bush told reporters when pressed. "What I do support is the notion that marriage is between a man and a woman."

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http://www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0703/03gay.html
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Computer / Modem

My poor lil' computer got fried during a thunderstorm. I took it to MicroCenter last night... and the guy who checked it in basically said that there was nothing they could do to fix it, but that they could retrieve the data for me... So I signed the form and forked over $75.
Today, after the tech checked it out, it turned out that my modem was shot so they replaced it ($20), and now my computer is almost as good as new. All for under $100...
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