Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Ohio and Georgia are all recovering from a weekend devastated by tornadoes. The storms killed nearly 50 people and left neighborhoods shattered across the mid-west and south-eastern states. The National Weather Service said that the four tornadoes that touched down in Kentucky were the worst storms reported in nearly 25 years. Our hearts are with those in need at this time.
Maryland has become the most recent state to allow gay marriage. Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the bill into law Thursday, which will effect in January 2013. However,Opponents submitted draft language for a ballot referendum to overturn the measure just after it passed the Legislature last week. Maryland has a deeply religious population and many congregations are urging their members to vote against the measure in November.
Rush Limbaugh has created a stir with his choice of words in describing the Georgetown student who spoke to a Democratic congressional committee about the importance of birth control coverage. Limbaugh called the young woman a slut and a prostitute, claiming that she was having so much sex she couldn’t afford birth control. I think Rush misunderstood how exactly birth control works. An online campaign asking sponsors to pull their advertising from his show has been fairly successful. Limbaugh has apologized for his remarks, but many believe it was too little too late.
Senate Bill 507, introduced in Wisconsin by Republican Senator Glenn Grothman, moves to amend existing state law by “requiring the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.” A third of all parents in Wisconsin are single. Currently single mothers far outnumber single fathers in the state and in the rest of the country, and given Senator Grothman’s emphasis on fathers being part of the solution rather than part of the problem, many feel that the bill is tantamount to an attack on single moms. It should also be noted that Senator Grothman has never been married and has no children.
Two Texas girl scouts fought back a pair of thieves as they stole a lock box with more than $200 inside. Around 2 p.m on Saturday afternoon a black Toyota Camry pulled up and the passenger of the car jumped out and grabbed the box. One scout chased him back to the car and began punching him, while another attempted to stop the criminals from driving off. Unfortunately, the girls were unsuccessful, but we bet those crooks will think twice about stealing from girl scouts again.