Kyle and I both grew up in Georgia, and we love our home state, but sometimes I love it in the same way that you might love a batty old aunt whom you are embarrassed to admit (in public) is your relative. A couple of recent news stories:
- From The Oxford Press: Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday began weighing the pros and cons of reinstating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, knowing the decision it reaches could force a special session of the General Assembly and bring conservatives to the polls in November.
The court heard oral arguments for 40 minutes, but the justices gave no indication of when and how they would rule. But several attorneys and legal experts said that the issue of civil unions could be key in the court's deliberations.
A lower court judge in May found that the amendment — approved by 76 percent of voters in November 2004 — violates the "single-subject" rule of the state Constitution because it addresses both marriage and civil unions.
- From The Gwinnett Daily Post: Laura Mallory, a Loganville mother of four, is appealing the Gwinnett Board of Education's unanimous decision to keep the best-selling [Harry Potter] books on school shelves.
Her appeal will continue the debate that began when Mallory filed complaints against each of the six books, writing that they included "evil themes, witchcraft, demonic activity, murder, evil blood sacrifice, spells and teaching children all of this." (Via Shakespeare's Sister)