Month: December 2013

Bigamy: the first case to grease the slippery slope

‘Sister Wives’ family wins ruling in bigamy suit Star Advertiser 14 December 2013 A federal judge ruled Friday that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional, handing a legal victory to a polygamist family that stars in the TV…

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Shocks in teen-drinkers study

NZ Herald 14 December 2013 A new study has shown that a major contributor to alcohol-related harm among underage drinkers is their older mates supplying them with large amounts of booze. And experts are urging those who supply youngsters with…

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Conservatives would seek repeal of anti-smacking law, says Craig

NZ Herald 13 December 2013 Colin Craig says the Conservative Party won’t be pushing for the repeal of the gay marriage law or legalised prostitution after next year’s election, but would try to get the anti-smacking law overturned. The party’s…

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Putin defends Russian conservative values

NZ Herald 13 December 2013 President Vladimir Putin cast Russia as a defender of conservative values against the “genderless and infertile” Western tolerance that he said equates good and evil. Putin’s state-of-the nation address also contained a strong warning to…

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Australia’s top court overrules gay marriage law

NZHerald 12 December 2013 Australia’s highest court has struck down a landmark law that had begun allowing the country’s first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than…

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Uruguay green lights first national market for legal pot

NZHerald 11 December 2013 Uruguay’s Senate has approved the world’s first national marketplace for legal marijuana, an audacious and risky experiment that puts the government in charge of growing, selling and using a drug that is illegal almost everywhere else.…

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National ‘rethink’ on paid parental leave extension

OneNews 11 December 2013 Labour says the Government is reconsidering its position on the extension of paid parental leave. Labour has been pushing to get paid parental leave extended to six months from the current 14 weeks. An 11th hour…

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Judge orders Christian baker to serve gay couples

Fox News 6 December 2013 A Colorado judge says a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a…

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Feminists confront sex work laws

NZ Herald 7 December 2013 On Berlin’s Kurfurstenstrasse, they are out in force – women in their late teens to late 40s, some of them perhaps older but dressed to look younger. Many are wearing puffer jackets and tight-fitting jeans…

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