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On gay marriage, ask the Dutch

Watching the spectacle surrounding the Supreme Court oral arguments this week in two cases involving same sex marriage, I’m transported back a dozen years, to April 1, 2001, when I covered the world’s very first same sex marriage ceremonies in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam’s city hall.

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I agree. Europe tends not to "cover" things as we do here in America. As much as we ignore and/or judge, one would think we like to play God. The Dutch also help those fight addictions instead of jailing those who suffer from drug aiction. I have many friends who are gay and happy, raising children and positively contributing to society . Part of me says, "what's the big deal to legalize drugs and gay marriage ," while another part of me worries what will be next?Seems like no one really knows what is best - stronger gun laws or not, gay marriage or not, drugs or not. I say give it a chance and see. We can always adjust.

Thanks for that thoughtful comment. I like your conclusion -- give it a chance, and we can always adjust. Cheers, Keith

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Pragmatism or Principle in Kenya?

Barring any last minute court intervention, it appears Uhuru Kenyatta, the deputy prime minister, will be sworn in as the elected president of Kenya.  Kenyatta is the son of the country’s founding first president Jomo Kenyatta.  He is also an indicted suspect for crimes against humanity, for his role in Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence that left more than a thousand people dead and tens of thousands displaced.

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