Some Political Economy "Concentrations": DRAFT
Crime and Punishment

Mawwidge, A Dweam within a Dweam

Marty Olney down the hall is very happy. Now I have to think about wedding presents: I suspect I will have to buy lots for lots of friends:

California's top court overturns gay marriage ban: In a monumental victory for the gay rights movement, the California Supreme Court overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage Thursday in a ruling that paves the way for allowing same-sex couples in the nation's biggest state to tie the knot. Domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage, the justices ruled 4-3 in an opinion. Outside the courthouse, gay marriage supporters cried and cheered as news spread of the decision. Jeanie Rizzo, one of the plaintiffs, has been with her partner Pali Cooper for 19 years. Rizzo called Cooper, who is traveling in Italy, on her cell phone and asked her "Pali, will you marry me?" "This is a very historic day. This is just such freedom for us," Rizzo said. "This is a message that says all of us are entitled to human dignity."

In the Castro, historically a center of the gay community in San Francisco, Tim Oviatt started crying while watching the news on television. "I've been waiting for this all my life. This is a life-affirming moment," he said. The cases were brought by the city of San Francisco, two dozen gay and lesbian couples, Equality California and another gay rights group in March 2004 after the court halted San Francisco's monthlong same-sex wedding march that took place at Mayor Gavin Newsom's direction...