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Gay Couple Wins Discrimination Lawsuit

A Vermont inn will pay a fine of $10,000 and will place $20,000 in a charitable trust as part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by a lesbian couple who were told the inn wouldn't host their wedding reception because they were gay...Ming Linsley and Kate Linsley (nee Baker) of New York contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Vermont after Ming's mother was told last year by the Wildflower Inn's events manager that due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings," the inn did not host "gay receptions." The ACLU filed suit on the plaintiffs' behalf. The Vermont Human Rights Commission later intervened as a co-plaintiff in the proceedings.
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The Civil War and Indians in Arizona

In some parts of the country, such as Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), the Civil War divided Indian nations with some joining the Union forces and others joining with the Confederacy. In other parts of the country, such as Arizona, the Civil War simply meant that Indians now had two enemies rather than just one. In many instances, the tribes were unclear about the difference between Union and Confederate forces.
The California Volunteers under the command of General James Carlton entered Arizona from the west in 1862 with the intent of displaying a Union presence in a territory whose sympathies lay with the South. At Maricopa Wells, the Americans met with the Maricopa.
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Republicans Give Up on Winning By Merit, Seek Affirmative Action

Every once in a while, I read a remark by some leading Vermont Republican (which is no large distinction) to the effect that "The voters should elect more Republicans because of the dangers of one-party rule." The latest whiner is House (Extremely Small) Minority Leader Don Turner, in the Sunday Freeploid.
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