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Posts tagged news
In 2004, 84-year-old Kenyan Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge became the oldest primary school pupil in the world. He said that the government’s announcement of universal and free elementary education in 2003 prompted him to enroll. A year later, he was elected head boy of his school.
In September 2005, Maruge boarded a plane for the first time in his life, and headed to New York City to address the UN Millennium Development Summit on the importance of free primary education. (via)
THIS IS INSPIRATION!!!
Melissa and Heather Gartner, a married couple from Iowa, won a lawsuit Wednesday allowing them to list both their names on their two-year-old daughter Mackenzie’s birth certificate. Lambda Legal helped the women in the lawsuit, drawing on Varnum v. Brien, the case establishing marriage equality in Iowa.
Here’s the Advocate’s rundown of what happened:
Although the women were married under Iowa law before the child was born in November 2009, the state agency had refused to list both their names on the birth certificate, arguing that Melissa is not Mackenzie’s genetic parent.
Judge Ovrom stopped short in her ruling of declaring a constitutional right for same-sex couples to be automatically named as parents on birth certificates, but she said that state administrators are bound to interpret law in light of the 2009 marriage equality decision from the high court.
Unquestionably the right decision. Congratulations to a beautiful, deserving family.
Everyone messes up sometimes. Is this more forgivable because we know he’s gay and an activist? More.
It’s not because he’s gay or an activist that he should be forgiven. Usually when people screw up they try to make an excuse for it, try to play the blame game. He isn’t. He is taking responsibility for what he said. This is a great example of when someone should be forgiven.