Minnesota voters reject gay marriage ban

Along with voting on the US presidency last night, residents of the state of Minnesota voted on a proposed amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage. While gay marriage is already banned in the state, such an amendment would make it considerably more difficult to legalise gay marriage in Minnesota. 

The amendment was defeated with a 51% majority, making Minnesota “-the first state to turn back an attempt to write man-woman marriage into a state constitution” (Twincities.com)

After 17 months of campaigning for both supporters and opposers, twincities.com claims “-it wound up becoming the most expensive amendment campaign in state history.” The “Vote No” campaign raised more than $11 million, with the “Vote Yes” campaign raising a mere $5 million. 

Same-sex couples and supporters are ecstatic, and while the road to gay marriage in Minnesota is still a long and winding journey, this is already such a significant step forward. 

 

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Religion In Politics

Republican candidate Richard M0urdoch caused a media and public backlash after stating that pregnancies caused by rape are ‘something God intended to happen’. This statement sparked debates amongst the public on both issues of abortion and religions place in Government.

It seems odd that in this modern day and age acts of aggression and tragedy can still be labelled as Gods will. (In no way am I challenging religious beliefs; I am however challenging the integrity of some religion driven candidates.)

The fact that some candidates would restrict the freedom of choice and control over one’s own body by their own personal beliefs and morals is both out of touch and appalling; it assumes a system of government which condemns those who oppose religion or support controversial topics such as abortion. This in turn breeds a society in which the government would happily control and dictate other ethically sensitive issues by the morals of their own religion.

To govern a populace on the basis of a single morality be it Christianity or any other religion is incredibly single minded. However to govern a populace on multiple ethical viewpoints and to come to a logical, unanimous decision is undeniably difficult.

I’m not naïve enough to believe that humanity is capable of living in a perfect utopian society, nor am I too cynical to place hope in a united, equal humanity. Yet I am human enough to realise that calling rape an act of god or campaigning against an issue such as abortion with no personal experience or comprehension of the emotional and mental strain It places upon an individual is selfish, uninformed and has no place in a true government.

Cameron is hanging by a tartan thread

Boris Johnson, grinning smugly at the media circus he’s attracted, steps off the Virgin Pendolino from Euston. It’s an image that was beamed into my home (and millions of others), I watched it on BBC News but, before that, I found out that it had happened via twitter.

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Scottish Land Registry abandons costly IT projects

Meadowbank House - Registers of Scotland HQ

Bosses at the Scottish quango responsible for registering property have abandoned two IT projects at a cost of £6.8 million because, in the words of a Scottish Government Gateway Review which reported in 2011,“the successful delivery of the project/ programme appears to be unachievable.“ Continue reading

Owen & Mike On Scottish Politics

A fine three minute discussion between Owen O’Donnell and Michael Millar over the state of Scottish politics in 2011. The focus of the discussion is on leadership. Who are the strong characters of Scottish politics? What should each party be doing coming out of the election? All of this and more are covered by three minutes of thrilling audio.

Free Speech: A Given Right.

by Morag Robertson

A few days ago, Labour MP, Ivan Lewis, stood up and suggested restraining the malpractice of journalists with the threat of being ‘struck off’ as a journalist. Social networking sites did not take long to explode with angry comments, as every listener and reader of this speech grabbed their phone or their laptop and blogged furiously with their thoughts on this matter. Continue reading

Review on Twitter

By Amy Louise Grant

 

Twitter is a social media website designed to allow users from around the world to express their views on different topics in short statements of 140 characters or less. It was created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey who had the idea of using a type of text messaging that allowed people to communicate with a small group of others. Over the past few years, Twitter has gained rapidly in popularity with everyone from celebrities to politicians noticing the potential it has to communicate their opinions to the mass market or encourage them to purchase products that they endorse. Continue reading