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Mar 25, 2013

Insight: Silent or supportive, conservatives give gay marriage momentum

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – On a frosty December night last year, about two dozen guests slipped into the Alta Club, a century-old private retreat a block away from the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that dominates Salt Lake City.

Two men, who didn’t know each other, were the reason for the dinner: church lobbyist Bill Evans and gay rights leader Rick Jacobs. Evans was a point man for the church’s successful effort to pass California’s gay marriage ban, known as Prop 8, in 2008. Jacobs, leader of Courage Campaign, produced a 2008 commercial against the ban showing Mormon missionaries ransacking the home of a lesbian couple.

Mar 25, 2013

Silent or supportive, conservatives give gay marriage momentum

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 (Reuters) – On a frosty December
night last year, about two dozen guests slipped into the Alta
Club, a century-old private retreat a block away from the temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that
dominates Salt Lake City.

Two men, who didn’t know each other, were the reason for the
dinner: church lobbyist Bill Evans and gay rights leader Rick
Jacobs. Evans was a point man for the church’s successful effort
to pass California’s gay marriage ban, known as Prop 8, in 2008.
Jacobs, leader of Courage Campaign, produced a 2008 commercial
against the ban showing Mormon missionaries ransacking the home
of a lesbian couple.

Mar 21, 2013
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Mar 18, 2013

Boeing puts 787 battery through tough tests it once avoided

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO, March 18 (Reuters) – To get its 787
Dreamliner flying again, Boeing Co is testing the plane’s
volatile battery system to a rigorous standard that the company
itself helped develop — but that it never used on the jet.

Boeing’s decision has thrust an arcane standard known as
RTCA to the center of the debate over whether Boeing and the
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were rigorous enough
when they originally set standards for the 787 battery system in
October 2007. The debate could have broad implications for the
future use of lithium-ion batteries on aircraft.

Mar 14, 2013
Mar 14, 2013

Insight: For U.S. high court, California justices wrote prologue on gay marriage

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Looking for clues about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court vote on gay marriage? Check out California’s past.

Five years ago, the California high court was divided along similar lines as the U.S. court is today: a single justice was considered the likely swing vote on the constitutionality of gay marriage.

Mar 5, 2013

FAA faces obstacles in approving Boeing Dreamliner fix

NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) – Boeing said this week it can
move “really fast” to get its 787 Dreamliner back into the skies
once regulators approve a fix for burning batteries on board the
plane.

Regulators may not move so quickly.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which grounded
Boeing’s high-tech jet nearly seven weeks ago, faces unusually
tough obstacles in approving it for flight – one of them brought
on by the agency’s own boss.

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