NH Passes Gay Marriage BillApril 29, 2009 12:55 New Hampshire's Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize same-sex marriage after an amendment was added that prohibits polygamy and marriage of family members, among other measures.
Governor John Lynch has not indicated whether he will veto the bill, which passed in a 13-11 vote and would would make New Hampshire the nation's fifth state where gay marriage is legal. But the Democrat has expressed opposition to the measure.
The bill passed the state's House of Representatives on March 26 but looked set for near certain defeat in the Senate before the amendment, which appeared to mollify some critics in the Democrat-controlled chamber.
The last-minute changes to the legislation would allow clergy to decline to marry homosexual couples and give couples the freedom to either keep the words "bride" and "groom" on marriage licenses, or simply use the word "spouse" instead.
Amazonfail: Why Is Amazon Hiding Books About Homosexuality?April 12, 2009 19:37 A new rule by Seattle-based Amazon has the blogosphere going crazy. Amazon has decided to label certain materials as "adult" in order to get them out of the search results most people find when they look for books. By defining a book as "adult" and removing the sales rank from the item, the book is essentially hidden for most people. If you can't find the book, you won't buy it.
So what does Amazon think counts as "adult"? Well, beyond the obvious pornography, Amazon has identified things that do not demonize homosexuality as "adult," including classic children's book Heather has Two Mommies. What else? Here are a few more of the many hidden books, as compiled by Jezebel:
Gay Life And Culture: A World History
Coming Out Of Shame: Transforming Gay And Lesbian Lives
Some other hidden books on other topics:
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Full Frontal Feminism
Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape
Perhaps most offensive, when you search for "homosexuality" on Amazon now, here are four of the top five hits:
A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality
You Don't Have to Be Gay
For The Bible Tells Me So (NOTE: This is actually a positive look at homosexuality, but it is interesting that it seemed to survive the cut by having "Bible" in the title)
Can Homosexuality Be Healed?
When author Mark R. Probst noticed his book had disappeared from the sales rankings, he contacted Amazon to fix the problem. Here is their response:
In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.
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