CitizenLink 24 July 2013California legislators have passed a bill that would force public schools to allow gender-confused youth to choose whether they would like to use the boys or girls restrooms and locker rooms based on their “gender identity.”If signed by the governor, AB 1266 would also let students who believe they are the opposite sex participate in sex-segregated activities, including sports teams. The new law would apply to students in elementary, middle and high school.“As a society, we know we must protect children from harm, but this law is in direct violation of this principle,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI). “These politicians have disregarded the safety and privacy of all children, in exchange for appeasing the vocal LGBT lobby.”PJI Staff Attorney Matthew McReynolds sent a letter this spring to the state Assembly urging lawmakers to reject the bill.http://www.citizenlink.com/2013/07/24/california-bathroom-bill-moves-forward/
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana is starting a new promotion that will allow smokers to obtain free medication to help them quit smoking.The promotion, which is scheduled to run through April 2 or until supplies run out, will encourage smokers to call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW for free help in getting medication.To participate in the free offer, tobacco users must enroll in the Indiana Tobacco Quitline, which will provide a trained coach who will work to create a personalized quit plan.According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.Approximately 20 percent of Indiana adults smoke, and smoking kills 11,100 Hoosiers each year.More than 330,000 Hoosiers live with smoking-related diseases.
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) last week lodged an appeal with the International Court of Justice in The Hague.FYROM claimed that Athens violated a bilateral interim accord signed in 1995 with its veto of FYROM’s bid to join NATO in April last year. Athens has until January 20 next year to defend itself. Anticipating the appeal, Greece’s Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said that Athens has “very strong arguments” in its defense and called on Skopje to participate in ongoing talks on the name dispute in “good faith”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram