Argentina allows same-sex marriage

Another sweet victory world-wide for homosexual couples, possibly allowing influence to other nations, including our own. Will California overturn the decision that we overturned on this issue?

Argentina’s Senate narrowly approved a measure early today authorizing same-sex marriages, making Argentina the first country in Latin America to allow gay couples to wed.

After 15 hours of debate, the Senate voted 33 to 27 in favor of the measure, which was sponsored by the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. For weeks, she waged a bitter war of words with the Roman Catholic Church over the measure. The church organized large protests throughout the country on Tuesday night involving tens of thousands of opponents of the law. Some senators criticized the Senate leadership on Wednesday for not allowing a vote on an alternative bill to authorize civil unions for gay couples. The same-sex marriage measure will give gay people the same marital rights as heterosexuals, including adoption and inheritance rights.

Mexico City became the first jurisdiction in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriages last year. Two other countries in the region, Uruguay and Colombia, allow civil unions for same-sex couples.

Emergency press conference at Apple scheduled tomorrow

Will Steve Jobs finally admit that his new phone has problems? I, for one, am still happy I stayed with my iPhone 3GS instead of paying to upgrade to this troubled new product.

Apple has finally acknowledged that its new iPhone has a serious public relations problem, and the company has responded by scheduling, with extraordinarily short notice, a Friday press conference on its campus in Cupertino, California (down the street from my office).

The plan is to get what it considers the key media outlets and opinion makers in technology in the same room with Steve Jobs, a man with legendary persuasive powers. His task, to use a phrase popularized by Dan (“Fake Steve Jobs”) Lyons:  To re-hypnotize the press. What will he say?

TechCrunch’s MG Seigler has sketched out a detailed scenario that includes a parade of antenna and wireless industry experts. Some are leaning toward the blow-by-blow posted on MacRumors by Will (“spblat”) Irace, a veteran systems engineer from Portland who likes to moderate discussions about taboo subjects like politics, religion and Apple Inc. This is what he envisions:

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SJPD negligence leads to gun-shot death?

San Jose’s 15th homicide this year means we’re edging closer to Oakland, woohoo! But seriously, that’s a nicer part of town (compared to many areas of the city). And police, why again aren’t you letting paramedics take care of someone with a gunshot wound? There was clearly no more threat upstairs, no one else was getting shot.

A woman who was attacked in an apartment complex near San Jose City College on Wednesday night has died, marking the city’s 15th homicide this year. The Santa Clara County coroner’s office has confirmed the death but is referring all calls to San Jose police.

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