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Jul 2, 2009

An Indian court has ruled for the first time that consensual gay sex is not a crime, signalling an historic breakthrough for the country’s largely closet homosexual community, as well as anti-HIV/Aids campaigners.

Under a British colonial law, introduced by Lord Macaulay in 1860, homosexual intercourse is ranked alongside paedophilia and bestiality as “sex against nature” and punishable by up to ten years in prison.

India is one of the few democracies in the world to still have such a law.

But the Delhi High Court ruled today that applying the law - known as Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code - to consenting adults violated the Constitution and international human rights conventions.

“Consensual sex amongst adults is legal which includes even gay sex and sex among the same sexes,” a two-judge bench said after considering a petition against the law for more than eight years.

The ruling is non-binding outside Delhi, and can be appealed at the Supreme Court, but is being hailed nonetheless as a landmark in an increasingly vocal campaign to have Section 377 repealed.

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Posted: Jul 2, 2009 7:38am
Jun 22, 2009

I came across this video just a few days ago, and had to share it with you!  I won't say anything about why it's so very special - just please watch it all the way through, and experience sheer JOY!

http://www.care2.com/news/member/798419203/1169528

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Posted: Jun 22, 2009 6:55pm
Oct 25, 2006

Hi, all,

Came across this news item a few moments ago, and it shocked me:  Humans will need 2 planets' worth of resources in order to support our current levels of consumption, by the year 2050.  For many of us, this is within our own lifetimes.

I have submitted the article to the Care2 News Network:
http://www.care2.com/news/member/798419203/206026

Please read.  This planet is in crisis.  We need to be aware of the situation, inform others, and TAKE ANY ACTION WE CAN to try to avert this disaster.

Thanks,

Teri

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Posted: Oct 25, 2006 5:54am
May 24, 2006
Name: Mercy
Type: Memorial (for the deceased)
To Honor: Pet(s)
Location: , Texas United States
A beautiful song, composed for Mercy.  We will never forget her.


The Rainbow Bridge
(click to listen)

You wonder why or how
Some people grow so mean
They hurt defenceless souls
Their hearts are cold, oh Mercy
 
You were young and sweet
A tender gentle friend
Easy to defeat
Oh Mercy...
 
All the lost and found
On the rainbow bridge
Spare their tears of pain
Heal their suffering
Light the troubled way
Keep their memory safe
For the rainbow's end
Is a brighter day...
 
I see your trusting face
No man should ever harm
Rest in peace my dear
Oh Mercy
You're in a better place
Held soft by angels arms
Sleep now precious one
Oh Mercy
 
All the lost and found
On the rainbow bridge
Spare their tears of pain
Heal their suffering
Light the troubled way
Keep their memory safe
For the rainbow's end
Is a brighter day...

 
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All rights reserved
(mcps) ASCAP
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Posted: May 24, 2006 11:02am
Apr 28, 2006
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
From http://www.nbc5i.com/news/9039028/detail.html:

"DALLAS -- A 21-year-old is in jail Thursday morning charged in the torture death of the 10-month-old puppy, Mercy, who was stabbed, doused with gasoline and set on fire and died Sunday after several surgeries.
DeShawn Brown was arrested shortly after midnight in Corinth, nearly two weeks after Mercy's tortured body was found in a wooded area April 14.
Brown is accused of stabbing the 10-month-old pit bull mix, dousing her with gasoline and setting her body on fire. He is accused of animal cruelty, a felony that could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.
Mercy was taken to Carrollton animal shelter Operation Kindness for emergency surgery. Despite numerous emergency surgeries, she died days later.
"I think all personnel in this are quite relieved to have a man in custody due to the cruelty of this crime," Sgt. Roger Patterson said.
"It's cruel and it's evil, and it takes an evil person to do that ... and there's no reason for them to do that,' Rock Creek pet owner Lachelle Duvall said.

Please sign the petition, asking for the maximum possible sentence:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/536739879

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