0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2012
For the first time, a Washington Post poll shows 52 percent of Ohioans support same-sex marriage, and only 37 percent say it should be illegal.
by German Lopez
A performance audit for the Cincinnati Service Department
could save the city $3.7 million. The audit claims $2 million could be
saved every year if the city privately contracted solid waste collection
and street sweeping. An additional $1.7 million could be saved if the
city reduced overtime, sick leave and staffing levels. Along with other recommended savings measures, the changes could
amount to 7.9 percent of Cincinnati’s budget.
Trayvon Martin’s parents will be visiting Cincinnati today to
take part in the national conference hosted by the Children’s Defense
Fund. The conference will target violence and race-related issues.
Procter & Gamble and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
have teamed up to improve environmental sustainability at manufacturing
facilities and supply chains.
The worst U.S. drought in half a century is putting pressure on
oil and gas companies to recycle and conserve water used for fracking.
Fracking uses millions of gallons of water to free oil and gas from
underground rock formations.
Gay marriage has generated $259 million in economic activity in New York City.
The Congressional Budget Office said repealing Obamacare would increase the deficit by $109 billion.
Voters sometimes punish politicians for bad weather.
Some scientists are saying the plot of The Amazing Spider-Man might not be too far off from reality.
by Hannah McCartney
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Becomes first president to openly affirm approval for same-sex marriage
News has been buzzing about North Carolina yesterday passing a controversial constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman, making it the 30th state in the U.S. to outright ban same-sex unions. Unsurprisingly, the backwards legislation and its passage came as a monumental blow to the LGBT community and its supporters — especially in light of the fact that the state still allows marriage between first cousins. Today, president Barack Obama announced his official support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in a sit-down interview with ABC's Robin Roberts. His declaration marks a strong political stance supported by Joe Biden's statement on Sunday to Meet the Press and growing pressure from Democratic constituents to form a solid platform on the issue. Over the course of his 2012 presidential campaign, critics have lambasted Obama for refusing to speak out on the issue, many assuming he was opposed to same-sex marriage on a moral level.In the interview, Obama states: "I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have
talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of
my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships,
same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think
about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there
fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask
Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a
marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally
it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex
couples should be able to get married."According to ABC, in the interview Obama attests that his statement is a matter of personal opinion, and that he still believes states, like North Carolina, should still possess the rights to independently craft legislation on the issue. Thus, the statement will likely do little for the LGBT community. His affirmed support could rally stronger support among Democrats and the LGBT community for his reelection, but might also alienate voters in strong opposition of same-sex marriage. A full version of Obama's interview with Roberts will air on ABC Thursday.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
There she was, an unexpected guest braving the cold drizzle and gusty wind on the steps at Cincinnati City Hall in a show of solidarity on a gloomy autumn Saturday afternoon. In town for a performance later that night, comedian Margaret Cho strummed her guitar and sang a tune she’d written to entertain those who showed up downtown Nov. 15 to protest the passage of Proposition 8 in California.
2 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
There are drawbacks to living in a battleground state during election season, and The Enquirer today detailed one of the big negatives that comes with the consideration that politicians pretend to have for us: This shit costs us money!