Sunday, February 11, 2007

Daleth - Critical News Items

Washington State initiative would require married couples to have kidsNORTHWEST CABLE NEWS [NWCN] - By KING5.com Staff and Associated Press - February 6, 2007 -- OLYMPIA, Wash. -- An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled.Initiative 957 was filed by the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance. That group was formed last summer after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington's ban on same-sex marriage.Under the initiative, marriage would be limited to men and women who are able to have children. Couples would be required to prove they can have children in order to get a marriage license, and if they did not have children within three years, their marriage would be subject to annulment.All other marriages would be defined as "unrecognized" and people in those marriages would be ineligible to receive any marriage benefits.“For many years, social conservatives have claimed that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation ... The time has come for these conservatives to be dosed with their own medicine," said WA-DOMA organizer Gregory Gadow in a printed statement. “If same-sex couples should be barred from marriage because they can not have children together, it follows that all couples who cannot or will not have children together should equally be barred from marriage."Read Full Article

Texas could punish 'truant' parentsASSOCIATED PRESS - By Jim Vertuno - February 1, 2007 -- AUSTIN, Texas -- Parents beware: Miss a meeting with your child's teacher and it could cost you a $500 fine and a criminal record.A Republican state lawmaker from Baytown has filed a bill that would charge parents of public school students with a misdemeanor and fine them for playing hooky from a scheduled parent-teacher conference.Read Full Article

Texas Man Gets Death for Killing [Unborn Human Being] FetusASSOCIATED PRESS - By Elizabeth White - February 7, 2007 -- SAN ANTONIO -- A former youth pastor was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a teenager and her fetus in what is believed to be the first such order in Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state.Adrian Estrada, 23, was convicted Friday of one count of capital murder for the death of Stephanie Sanchez and the fetus, of which he was the father."This is a significant case," said Bexar County prosecutor Susan Reed. "This is significant for the state."A 2003 Texas law amended the definition of the word "individual" to include an "unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth."Read Full Article

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