Month: July 2015

Dems declare war on words ‘husband,’ ‘wife’ (US)

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Washington Examiner 24 July 2015 More than two dozen Democrats have proposed legislation that would eliminate the words “husband” and “wife” from federal law. Those “gendered terms” would be replaced by “gender-neutral” words like “spouse” or “married couple,” according to…


Anti-smacking law still fails children

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Bob McCoskrie – Dominion Post 24 July 2015 Duncan Garner’s and Ian Hassall’s columns regarding the anti-smacking law have both got the wrong end of the stick – pun intended. The test of the effectiveness of a law is its…


Republicans seek probe of abortion rules after Planned Parenthood videos

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Reuters 22 July 2015 Republican presidential candidates and lawmakers are calling for Planned Parenthood to be investigated and its federal funding eliminated after two videos that critics said showed the reproductive health care group is involved in the illegal sale…


Cheating website ‘destroys lives at the click of a button’


NZ Herald 22 July 2015 At first glance, the profiles seem innocent enough. There’s Lucy, 31, from Rochester, who enjoys cooking, theatre and books, and Jack, 46, from Hampshire, who describes himself as a “laid-back character who travels a lot…


Call for home-based brothel bylaw change

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Stuff 14 July 2015 A woman living in a unit adjoining a brothel is calling for a rule change. The Mt Eden resident, 46, who spoke on condition of anonymity, lives in one of three units adjoining a brothel.…


Fitting Rooms Are About Safety, Not Gender Politics

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Media Release 22 July 2015 Family First NZ is welcoming comments by a transgender support group that gender-neutral fitting rooms in department stores are totally unnecessary. “These comments are in line with the concerns – and solutions – raised in…


More Americans oppose gay marriage than support it


Gay marriage: Despite Supreme Court decision, Americans still split on same-sex marriage The Independent 21 July 2015 The US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage last month, paving the way for same-sex couples to marry all over the country. But a…