Avery is still very sick, her cold is hanging on tenaciously and she's been quite the little trooper considering how bad she feels. At least ten times an hour she comes to me with a box of tissues saying "Aveey wunny nothe" I'm not taking her to storytime today, I think she should hang out here again today and hope that she's well enough to go to baby gym tomorrow - but I'm not crossing my fingers.
I'm back logged on Photoshop projects and tutorials, so at some point today when Avery is napping and its quiet I'm going to have to make a schedule of what I need to get started on first. For now, my layout production is on hold until I can decide on designs and page layouts. For those of you who are members of how_2_photoshop who have tutorials pending, I haven't forgotten you, I've just been busy with family/home stuff and sick baby. They're in the works though, I promise. I've decided also on names for all the computers, since they all share a network and it's easier to know who's who. Cole's computer is Bishop, my computer is Ripley, and Maggie's laptop is Newt. Occaisionally, when she's in the office on the laptop, I will burst in through the double doors, look at her, and wail "Get away from her, you BITCH!" Clearly I need to get out more.
Avery is still very sick, her cold is hanging on tenaciously and she's been quite the little trooper considering how bad she feels. At least ten times an hour she comes to me with a box of tissues saying <i>"Aveey wunny nothe"</i> I'm not taking her to storytime today, I think she should hang out here again today and hope that she's well enough to go to baby gym tomorrow - but I'm not crossing my fingers.
I'm back logged on Photoshop projects and tutorials, so at some point today when Avery is napping and its quiet I'm going to have to make a schedule of what I need to get started on first. For now, my layout production is on hold until I can decide on designs and page layouts. For those of you who are members of <lj comm="how_2_photoshop"> who have tutorials pending, I haven't forgotten you, I've just been busy with family/home stuff and sick baby. They're in the works though, I promise. I've decided also on names for all the computers, since they all share a network and it's easier to know who's who. Cole's computer is Bishop, my computer is Ripley, and Maggie's laptop is Newt. Occaisionally, when she's in the office on the laptop, I will burst in through the double doors, look at her, and wail <i>"Get away from her, you BITCH!"</i> Clearly I need to get out more.
Happy Birthday, <a href="http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=tiredofdreaming"><img src="http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif" target="_blank"" width="17" height="17" style="border: none"><b>Jennie!!</b></a>
Maggie won her case. She called me a while ago to tell me and said that she was astonished. These cases are as wierd as the judges who preside over them!
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<font size="+2"><b>Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's Fitness Questioned After Ties To Anti-Gay Group Revealed</b></font>
<font size="-2"><i>by Doreen Brandt
(Washington, D.C.) Details are emerging about a controversial speech delivered by Justice Antonin Scalia to an anti-gay lobby group while the Supreme Court was deliberating in the Texas sodomy case that calls into question his impartiality on the bench.
The speech was delivered to the Urban Family Council in Philadelphia, a group that while not a party in the sodomy case was fighting that city's ordinance allowing benefits for the partners of gay and lesbian municipal workers.
Details of the $150 a plate dinner were made public today by the Los Angeles Times.
William Devlin, who founded the council, is lead plaintiff in the Philadelphia lawsuit, which is pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Both sides say the case has a good chance of reaching Scalia's court.
Scalia declined to comment on his appearance before the group, and the organization refused to make available a copy of the speech. But, a month after the dinner, he sharply dissented from the high court's decision overturning the Texas law.
"The court has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda," Scalia wrote for the three. He took the unusual step of reading his dissent from the bench. <a href="http://365gay.com/NewsContent/062603SodomyRuling.htm">(<font color="#0000ff"><b>story</b></font></a>)
"The court has taken sides in the culture war," Scalia said, adding that he has "nothing against homosexuals."
Justices frequently address legal groups such as bar associations but in the past they avoid any connection with or appearances before partisan or activist groups that fight for those issues in court.
The Philadelphia dinner marks the third instance in which Scalia's outside activities have created an appearance of partiality on issues before the court.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Scalia flew in January on Air Force Two with Vice President Dick Cheney to go duck hunting in Louisiana, shortly after the high court decided to hear a legal challenge to Cheney's intent to keep information secret about his energy policy task force.
The Times also found that in November 2001, Scalia was the guest speaker at Kansas University's Law School at a time when the school's dean was spearheading two cases before the court.
In October Scalia ridiculed the court's majority decision overturning the Texas sodomy law in a speech before an extreme right wing group, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. <a href="http://www.365gay.com/newscontent/102403scaliaCourt.htm">(<b><font color="#0000ff">story</font></b>)</a>
<font size="+2"><b>Atlanta Mayor Attacks Marriage Ban</b></font>
<i><font size="-2">by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff</font></i>
(Atlanta, Georgia) Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin Monday told Georgia legislators to end their fight for an amendment to the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Last month the Georgia House defeated the proposed amendment after it had passed the Senate, but on March 1 voted to reopen the debate. <a href="http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/03/030104gaAmend.htm">(<font color="#0000ff"><b>story</b></font>)</a> No date has been set for a new vote, but legislators on both sides of the issue have been lobbying support.
Today, flanked by 40 women from across Georgia, Franklin said the General Assembly has become too wrapped up in the proposed amendment, while neglecting other matters. Standing on the steps of the Capitol she said it was a calculated distraction.
"I come today to stand together with others to talk about education, clean water, health care, jobs and economic recovery," Franklin said. "I don't want to see the state divided on an amendment on gay marriages."
That was echoed by Pam Stephenson (D-Atlanta) who said her colleagues in the General Assembly have neglected the will of the people, while focusing on the social issue of gay marriage.
"I want to make sure that we have a safe, educated and healthy Georgia," Stephenson said. "This is about human rights, Georgia rights and doing the right thing. We must all stand up for the right thing."
<font size="+2"><b>Enough Votes To Pass Anti-Gay Amendment Mass. Senate Leader Says</b></font>
<font size="-2"><i>by Michael J. Meade
(Boston, Massachusetts) The President of the Massachusetts Senate said Monday that he has enough votes to pass an amendment to the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage in state.
Robert Travaglini (D-Boston) has been working for weeks to muster enough votes to pass what he calls a compromise amendment which while banning gay marriage would provide for civil union.
A joint session of the Massachusetts Senate and House failed last month to pass any of three proposed amendments, including Travaglini's. <a href="http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/02/021204massThurs.htm">(<font color="#0000ff"><b>story</b></font>)</a> Legislators will meet again on Thursday in a renewed effort.
"There are conversations that happened over the weekend and continue to happen today that give me confidence that we can reach consensus by Thursday," Travaglini told the Boston Globe.
But, Travaglini admits the situation is still in a state of flux.
"This situation is rather fluid. What (votes) I have today may not be what I have on Thursday."
The motion is co-sponsored by House Speaker Thomas Finneran (D-Boston) who has also been working the phones.
Republican Gov. Mitt Romney has no vote but has been busy behind the scenes. Last month when legislators were deadlocked Romney was in constant contact with the White House. President Bush is calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to prevent gay marriage.
Monday Romney said any amendment approved by lawmakers and ultimately sent to voters must clearly include a traditional definition of marriage.
"The key thing is to have an amendment to the constitution which defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman."
But Travaglini's "compromise" measure is opposed by both gay activists and conservative groups opposed to same-sex marriage.
An umbrella group pressing for an amendment to the state constitution held a Monday news conference to say they would not support an amendment that also establishes civil-union benefits for same-sex couples. Supporters of gay marriage reject civil unions, saying anything less than full marriage rights would discriminate against gay couples.
To amend the Massachusetts constitution, the proposal must be approved in two consecutive sessions of the legislature meeting in joint session and then supported by voters in a referendum.
The earliest an amendment could be put to voters would be in 2006, two years after same-sex couples will be allowed to marry under last Novembers court ruling. Gay marriages in Massachusetts will begin in May.
<font size="+2"><b>Kerry Launches Impassioned Gay Rights Speech In Deep South</b></font>
<font size="-2"><i>by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff</i></font>
(Jackson, Mississippi) Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told members of a black church in the deep south Sunday that gay rights are civil rights and there is no difference between the fight gays are waging for equality and the civil rights movement of the 60s.
After a speech in which he criticized President Bush's economic policy and for the war in Iraq, Kerry took questions from the members of the Greater Bethlehem Temple Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith in Jackson.
One woman stood up and asked Kerry to distance himself from "homosexual activists" who compare gay rights to the civil rights movement." My point is homosexuality is an idea," she said. "You have never heard a doctor say, `Mr. and Mrs. John Doe, you have a bouncing baby homosexual.' It's an idea."
Kerry said he believed that marriage should be preserved for "a man and a woman" and then launched into his most impassioned defense to date of gay rights.
He reminded the woman that African Americans were once denied entrance to universities, and insisted that just as the Equal Protection Clause protected them, so, too, should it protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
"I believe it's important in the United States of America that we recognize that we have a Constitution which has an equal protection clause," Kerry said.
He then compared the "crucifixion of Matthew Shepard," the Wyoming 21-year-old gay man who was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in the fall of 1998, with the dragging death of an African-American Texan, James Byrd Jr., whose murder earlier in 1998 sparked new efforts for hate crimes legislation.
"The only point I want to make to you is," he told the woman, "I've talked to enough people — some of whom fought for their country in war — and I've talked to many of them who didn't discover their own sexuality until they were 35, 40 years old, and it wasn't because they made a choice, it was because they found out who they were. And I think you have to respect that that is the nature of it. And you can look at it, and argue it, but you know what, that's irrelevant to the argument. American citizens deserve the protection of the equal protection clause."
His remarks drew strong applause from the predominantly African-American audience of 700.
<font size="+2"><b>11 Arrested At Anti-Gay Marriage Rally</b></font>
<font size="-2"><i>by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff</i></font>
(Asheville, North Carolina) Eleven gay and lesbian protestors were arrested on the weekend during a rally in Asheville, North Carolina to promote traditional marriage. The event, called a Rally For Family Values and the Sanctity of Marriage Between a Man and a Woman, had a permit to use City-County Plaza, but before it began about 150 gays and lesbians took over the plaza for their own pro same-sex marriage demonstration.
When people began to arrive for the rally police set up a line between the two groups. As speakers at the rally, organized by several local Baptist churches condemned gay marriage the counter protestors began to heckle them.
"God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," the Rev. Wendell Runion told the crowd. "I have news for those who want to marry who are man and man or woman and woman: The Bible says that cannot happen."
"I want to see a show of hands of anyone on this planet who wasn't born from a man and woman," said Brad Jones, a rally organizer.
Gay protesters held up signs reading "Don't Write Discrimination Into The Constitution" and "Separate Is Never Equal" and chanted, "We're here, we're queer, we're not going away."
The war of words between the two groups escalated and police attempted to move the gay counter protest away from the plaza and to another grassy area across the street, but some in the group resisted.
Several broke through the line and were tackled by police before being hauled away.
The charges range from trespassing and disorderly conduct to 1 charge of assault against a police officer and two of obstruction, Asheville police spokesperson told 365Gay.com.
All 11 were later released and ordered to appear in court April 5.
Some of the counter protestors accuse the police of overreacting.
"They arrested my friend and she fell to the ground and she was dragged off. She wasn't doing anything but holding a sign," said Mary Theus of Asheville.