--Times, they are a changing--
The very base from which President Clinton
came may have just past one of the most stringent antiabortion law in the
nation: LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Arkansas House on Wednesday voted to override
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill that would ban most abortions
from the 12th week of pregnancy onward, giving the state the country's most
restrictive abortion laws and setting the stage for a certain court challenge.
A day after the Republican-led state Senate voted to override Beebe's veto,
the GOP-controlled House voted 56-33 to do the same. Only a simple majority
was needed in each chamber. The vote comes less than a week after the Legislature
voted to override the governor's veto of a separate bill banning most abortions
starting in the 20th week of pregnancy. That bill took effect immediately
after the final override vote, whereas the 12-week ban wouldn't take effect
until this summer.
...Things they are a changing...
Former President Bill Clinton, who in 1996 signed into law an act defining marriage as between a man and woman, said on Thursday the measure was “incompatible with our Constitution” and should be overturned by the Supreme Court. In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Clinton, a Democrat who served as president from 1993 to 2001, said it was "a very different time" when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law. No U.S. state then recognized gay marriage, although some were moving in that direction, he said