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The Patanos don’t just roast coffee. DOMA is simply the stage for their real production, which has everything to do with love: conserving and protecting the environment, and making the world a better, more just, art-rich, and tasty place.
WASHINGTON – Gays and lesbians in the military are running into widespread obstacles as they seek to take advantage of a new Obama administration policy designed to make it easier for same-sex couples in the armed services to get married. The policy, announced with great fanfare at the Pentagon in mid-August, was meant to give same-sex couples up to 10 days’ special leave to get married in the 13 states that allow it – and thus equal access to low-cost health care, base shopping and other benefits available to married couples in the military.
In the “Believe It or Not” Department, the Coeur d’Alene School Board will decide whether Mark Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper” is appropriate reading in eighth-grade classrooms. Before you dial the district office, however, there’s more to the story. Seems the Coeur d’Alene School District is saddled with a policy requiring a review of all novels planned for class consumption. The books are reviewed by an ad hoc committee and then face a 30-day public review. That’s the fallout from the 2008 patron outcry, in some circles, against “Snow Falling on Cedars,” the award-winning novel by David Guterson, which contained some sexual references.
WASHINGTON – Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don’t remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they’re treated. Some questions and answers about Wednesday’s court rulings:
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court made history while it set up new challenges Wednesday with two victories for marriage equality. In a pair of high-profile decisions, the divided court effectively undercut California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Separately, the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex married couples federal benefits. Together, the rulings provide an emphatic, if incomplete, win for advocates of same-sex marriage.
BOISE – Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions will remain intact. “There really isn’t a direct impact on Idaho law,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday defer to states for regulating marriage. “My job is to defend the constitution and the statutes of the state, and those haven’t changed.”
OLYMPIA – Same-sex couples in Washington, one of the first states where voters legalized their marriages, stand to gain hundreds of legal benefits as federal courts and agencies weigh the implications of Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Supporters in Washington called decisions handed down by the high court a major step forward for gay and lesbian couples, but warned it’s not the end of the road.
Idaho’s sweeping ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions won’t change under the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions issued Wednesday morning.
“Our country is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan
The Kitchen Engine celebrates its fourth anniversary with three days of tastings, demonstrations and classes starting at 8 a.m. today. Doma Coffee Roasting Company will brew cups of organic, fair trade and locally roasted coffee until noon. Customers can grab a free sample and enter to win door prizes.