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Judge to Clerk: “Stop Issuing Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses”

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Saints Sergius and Bacchus. 7th Century icon. Officers of the Roman Army in Syria who were tortured to death for their refusal to worship Roman gods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Thursday, a Pennsylvania judge ordered a suburban Philadelphia court clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini said Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes did not have the power to decide whether Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution.

Hanes said he was disappointed.

It was not immediately clear what the decision will mean for the 174 couples who obtained licenses.

A 1996 state law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Via Huffington Post.

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Republicans Want Gingrich, Paul to Stop Running

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Newt Gingrich at a political conference in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most Republicans would like to see Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul drop their bids for the presidential nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

Six in 10 Republicans say Mr. Gingrich should drop out of the race. Sixty-one percent say Rep. Paul should drop out.

Most Republicans don’t want former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to end his campaign for the nomination, the survey reveals.

Mitt Romney continues to be the favorite choice among respondents, with 36% supporting the former governor from Massachusetts, up from 32% in February.

Most Republicans also say their party’s nomination should be determined by the primaries and caucuses and not at the convention in August.

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Pop Five: Reasons the United States Has Lost Its Mind

A 3D ultrasound taken of a fetus at 20 weeks.

A 3D ultrasound taken of a fetus at 20 weeks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the Huffington Post, Soraya Chemaly has written a searing critique of the Republican male interest in keeping women pregnant. “The rest of the civilized world,” she writes, “thinks this country has lost its mind. It’s no wonder. Look at this list of frenzied misogyny.” Blow are Ms. Chemaly’s top five reasons the world thinks the U.S. is crazy.

5. Disabling women or sacrificing their lives by withholding medical treatment or forcing them to undergo involuntary medical procedures. We impose an obligation on women to sacrifice their bodily integrity for another. (Take, for example, the case of Tysiac v. Poland, where a mother of two became blind after her doctor refused to perform an abortion that would have halted the course of a degenerative eye disease.) If my newborn is in need of a kidney, and you have a spare matching one, can I enact legislation that says the state can take yours and give it to her? No. We do not force people to give their organs to help others. One of the most fundamental of all human rights is that humans be treated equally before the law.

4. Forcing women to undergo involuntary vaginal penetration with a condom-covered, six- to eight-inch ultrasound probe. Pennsylvania and eleven other states are considering that option. Trans-vaginal ultrasounds undertaken without a woman’s consent are rape, according the legal definition of the word. This violates a woman’s bodily integrity and is torture when used as a form of control and oppression.

3. Criminalizing pregnancy and miscarriages and arresting, imprisoning, and charging women who miscarry with murder, like Rennie Gibbs in Mississippi or at least forty women in Alabama or like Bei Bei Shuai, a woman who is charged with murder after trying to commit suicide while pregnant. Pregnant women are becoming a special class subject to “special” laws that infringe on their fundamental rights.

2. Consigning women to death to save a fetus. Abortions save women’s lives. “Let women die” bills are happening all over the country. Every day, women die because they do not have access to safe abortions.

1. Making women carry still-born fetuses to full term because cows and pigs do. This week, Georgia State Representative Terry England supported a bill, which, taken tandem with other restrictions, will result in doctors and women being unable to make private, medically based decisions, and some women being forced to carry their dead or dying fetuses. Rep. England cited his empathy for livestock in arguing for the bill. Women are different from farm animals. This bill, requiring a woman to carry a dead or dying fetus, is inhumane and unethical. By forcing a woman to do this, you are violating her right not to be subjected to inhuman treatment.

There’s a lot more where that came from. In fact, Ms. Chemaly’s original post was ten reasons the world thinks the U.S. is crazy. I recommend you click here to read her thought-provoking article.

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Romney Wins Puerto Rico

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the Puerto Rico GOP primary, CNN projects.

Puerto Rico’s twenty delegates will be awarded proportionally. However, if Romney finishes with a majority of the vote, he will take all the delegates.

Puerto Rico’s primary comes two days before the showdown in Illinois, where fifty-four delegates will be awarded proportionally.

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Supreme Court Won’t Close Locks to Stop Carp

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The Supreme Court won’t order closure of shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

On Monday, the high court refused to hear an appeal from the Great Lakes states, who have tried to shut down the locks to halt the carp’s northward march from the Mississippi River toward Lake Michigan.

The high court already has rejected the request from Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin twice.

The states have a lawsuit to sever a link between the Mississippi and Great Lakes drainage basins. They wanted a court order to close the locks while their suit is pending.

Via Cleveland.com.

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BREAKING: Mitt Romney Surges in South Carolina

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is surging in South Carolina and has a solid lead over his rivals, according to a new CNN/Time/ORC International poll.

The poll shows that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum‘s support in South Carolina has soared, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich‘s numbers have nose-dived.

South Carolina holds the first in the south contest in the race for the nomination with its critical January 21 primary.

According to the poll, 37% of likely primary voters in South Carolina say they are backing Romney, nearly double his most recent support from CNN’s last South Carolina survey conducted early last month. The new poll was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, after Romney’s eight-vote victory over Santorum in Tuesday night’s Iowa caucuses.

Santorum had 19% support in the survey, up from 4%, and Gingrich was at 18%, down from 43% in the early December poll.

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Poll: Romney Favored in NH Primary

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In a CNN/ORC International flash poll taken in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney was favored for next week’s New Hampshire primary.

Mr. Romney, who garnered 47% support, was well ahead of Texas Representative Ron Paul, with 17%; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman with 13%; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 10%.

Arizona Senator John McCain, who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, will endorse Mitt Romney today in New Hampshire.

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