3 News 11 May 2012Prime Minister John Key coming out saying he isn’t personally opposed to same-sex marriage has prompted a lobby group to question the state’s right to re-invent marriage. Mr Key was asked about the issue after US president Barack Obama said he supports same-sex marriage, ending a period of equivocation on a divisive issue. “I am not personally opposed to gay marriage,” Mr Key said. “It’s possible that Parliament may consider a member’s bill at some stage, but it is not on the government’s agenda.” Mr Key’s position has triggered a response from lobby group Family First, which says the state didn’t invent marriage and has no authority to re-invent it.“A homosexual cannot now legally marry. But neither can a whole lot of other people,” the group’s national director, Bob McCoskrie, said. “A five-year-old boy cannot marry. Three people cannot get married to each other. A married man can’t marry another person. Two old aunties living together cannot marry. A father cannot marry his adult daughter. A football team cannot enact group marriage – the list is endless.” Being pro-marriage and wanting to maintain its definition as being between a man and a woman was not “anti-gay”, Mr McCoskrie said. Mr Key earlier said he didn’t think there was any clamour for gay marriage in New Zealand. Labour leader David Shearer says he personally supported marriage equality. Civil unions between same-sex couples have been allowed in New Zealand since 2005.http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-cant-redefine-marriage—McCoskrie/tabid/1607/articleID/253892/Default.aspx#ixzz1uW2ERWqeLobbyists for gay marriage hope issue will be revisitedRadio NZ Morning Report 10 May 2012Responding to Barack Obama’s public support for gay marriage Prime Minister John Key says he also has no problem with same-sex marriage.http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2518391/lobbyists-for-gay-marriage-hope-issue-will-be-revisited.asx
Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has been informed by the USDA the state must issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for the month of February on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, rather than the previously-reported date of Saturday, January 19.In Indiana, SNAP benefits are usually issued to recipients according to an alphabetical schedule over a 19 day period throughout the month. This one-time early benefit distribution was identified by USDA officials as a mechanism provide SNAP benefits during the partial federal government shutdown.No SNAP benefits will be issued in the month of February, so recipients are strongly encouraged to budget their SNAP benefits to ensure the amount received provides for their food needs through the entire month of February. January benefits are being distributed according to the normal schedule. FSSA will continue to accept and process applications for benefits for January issuance through January 31.FSSA remains in contact with federal partners and will provide further updates if warranted.