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December 2012 Archives
The question of same-sex marriage is being raised in courtrooms nationwide. Soon, it will be brought to the U.S.'s highest court.
Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases on same-sex marriage reports the New York Times.
One of the cases poses the question of whether federal government can discriminate against same-sex couples married in states were it is currently legal.
The second case, filed by Theodore B. Olsen and David Boies of California raises a likely more influential question: whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right even in states with provisions against it currently, reports the New York Times.
The Washington Post reports that nine states presently recognize same-sex marriages, while 41 do not recognize it and 30 explicitly prohibit it in their legislation.
The decision has not been made public as to date.
Hundreds of people attended a party Saturday to mark the reopening of Union Depot in downtown St. Paul reported MPR.
The station's restoration took two years and $243 million, MPR said.
Union Depot closed in 1971, following a shift in macro-transportation trends reports Minn Post.
The pillared entry and head house of the station remained open and were rented out as office space, condos and restaurants over the years, Minn Post said. The concourse and lobby were used as storage for a nearby, though now closed, post office and was opened to the public only occasionally for events like the 1999 Titanic memorabilia exhibit, reports Minn Post.
Plans for the station include offering services to passenger and light rail trains, buses, bikes and motor coaches reports MPR.
MetroTransit bus service to the depot begins this weekend, with Jefferson Regional Bus Lines making stops there in January reports MPR. According to MPR, Amtrak will begin making stops at the station in late 2013 and official plans for light rail service are slated for 2014.
Al Jazeera reports that at least eight police officers were injured during the riots.
Belfast's council voted Monday to change its policy on the Union flag, reported the BBC. Al Jazeera reports the anger in Northern Ireland following the decision has been expressed by Protestant loyalists who believe Northern Ireland should strengthen ties to Britain.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) told Al Jazeera that five people were arrested following clashes between police and hundreds of loyalists in the city center Friday night.
Violence ensued when two cars were set ablaze, reported Al Jazeera. According to the BBC protesters outside of city hall used metal barriers, bottles and golf balls to attack police.
Police told Al Jazeera that around 1,000 people rioted Monday and 15 police officers were injured.
The BBC reports Nationalist politicians had argued removing the flag would ease tensions in the divided city by creating a more "equal and neutral" environment.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has not declared whether he will run for another term next election, reports the Star Tribune. In the mean time, one city representative is making moves toward her own candidacy.
Council Budget Chair Betsy Hodges filed paperwork last week for campaign finances that declared her running, according to the Star Tribune.
Hodges told the Southwest Journal, "If the mayor runs again I will support him."
Rybak has promised to announce whether he will run by Jan. 1 reports City Pages.