According to ABC News (that’s the Australian Broadcasting Co.), Tasmania’s lower house voted to recognize same-sex marriages and civil unions performed elsewhere.
All members of the House of Assembly, with the exception of three Liberals, voted for the measure.
The Liberals who voted against the bill said it was just a way to get same-sex marriage approved. (Duh.)
Those who voted for it said it was nothing of the kind. It was simply a way to “remove discrimination for same-sex couples.” (Huh?)
One of the Liberals who voted against the bill said it wasn’t about addressing discrimination but a “a political gesture toward marriage.” He proposed a civil union bill rather than recognizing marriage, according to the Sydney Star Observer.
To become law, the bill must pass Tasmania’s Legislative Council, which is comprised of one Liberal, three Labor members and 11 independents. A vote is expected in a month.
Tasmania is an Australian state that is a heart-shaped island 150 miles south of the country’s mainland. It is generally considered extremely conservative.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new TV ad from the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org goes after Target Corp. for making a political campaign donation in Minnesota.
A spokeswoman said Tuesday, Aug. 17 that the group will spend $35,000 to air the ad for a week on three networks in Minnesota and on the MSNBC cable channel nationally.
The ad urges consumers to boycott the retail chain for getting involved in elections.
Minneapolis-based Target has faced a backlash from gay rights groups and liberals after giving $150,000 to a business-oriented political fund supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer in Minnesota.
The company has apologized for the donation and promised to carefully review future political giving.
Texas is becoming more liberal — or at least less rabidly conservative — according to rankings released Monday by Gallup. The rankings, based on polls conducted from January through June, list Texas as the 20th-most conservative state in the U.S. in 2010. Last year, Texas was the 11th-most conservative state.
This year, 43 percent of Texans identified as conservative, while 35 percent identified as moderate and 18 percent identified as liberal, giving the state a conservative advantage of 25 points. The average across the country is a 20-point conservative advantage (only in the District of Columbia and Rhode Island do liberals outnumber conservatives). At No. 20, Texas is sandwiched between West Virginia and Alaska.