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Human Rights

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  • Gansler says Maryland to recognize Utah same-sex marriages

    Gansler says Maryland to recognize Utah same-sex marriages
    Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Friday that same-sex marriages performed in Utah -- but thrown into question there amid a court battle -- will be recognized in Maryland. "It is an affront to the idea of basic human rights that the battle for...
  • Some laws still ugly [Commentary]

    Some laws still ugly [Commentary]
    In the 19th and 20th centuries, cities across the country banned people with disabilities from begging in public. The laws targeted people with "physical and mental deformities," "imperfect bodies reduced by amputation" and "imbeciles." Known as "ugly...
  • The virtues of engagement [Editorial]

    The virtues of engagement [Editorial]
    Universities are supposed to be places where the search for truth is carried out through a free-wheeling process of vigorous, open debate and the unfettered exchange of opposing views. But that's not what the American Studies Association apparently had in...
  • UMCP may be latest school to cover sex-change surgery

    UMCP may be latest school to cover sex-change surgery
    Students at the University of Maryland, College Park could have the cost of sex-change surgery covered by their health insurance next school year, joining a nationwide trend of private- and public-sector employers offering the benefit. Insurance firms...
  • Howard Co. honors MLK with celebration, Remembrance Day

    Howard County's 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration will be Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Smith Theatre in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College, in Columbia. A reception will begin at 2 p.m....
  • Is Syria ready for peace? [Commentary]

    Is Syria ready for peace? [Commentary]
    With mounting casualties estimated at over 100,000, millions more displaced internally and abroad, rampant and egregious human rights violations — including horrific chemical weapons attacks on civilians — bringing peace to Syria is an...
  • Ex-CIA lawyer John Rizzo defends 'enhanced interrogation techniques'

    Ex-CIA lawyer John Rizzo defends 'enhanced interrogation techniques'
    When the CIA's chief lawyer, John Rizzo, first came across the term "enhanced interrogation technique" shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he was struck by the phrase's deceptive blandness. The words sounded mild, possibly even salutary. But...
  • Obama briefly mentions LGBT equality, Sochi Olympics in State of the Union

    Obama briefly mentions LGBT equality, Sochi Olympics in State of the Union
    President Barack Obama briefly reiterated his commitment to LGBT equality around the globe in a section of Tuesday night's State of the Union speech, but he did not address the stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act or whether he would issue an...
  • Academic extremism threatens democratic values [Commentary]

    Veritas vos liberabit, chanted the scholastics of yesteryear — "the truth will set you free." It's hard to see how that mantra could be echoed by latter-day counterparts in the academy. Consider the recent resolution by the American Studies...
  • Towson High alum biking cross-country for Ulman Cancer Fund [Towson]

     Towson High alum biking cross-country for Ulman Cancer Fund [Towson]
    Kyle King, 2012 graduate of Towson High School, is participating in a 4,000-mile bike ride from Baltimore to Seattle, Wis., to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. King, a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park,...
  • Prosecutors coerce pleas using strict-sentencing threats, group says

    Prosecutors coerce pleas using strict-sentencing threats, group says
    Federal prosecutors twice offered suspected heroin trafficker Roy Clay a deal: plead guilty and serve 10 years. Clay turned them down. When a jury found him guilty, a reluctant judge had no choice but to send him to prison for life. Because...
  • A call for 'responsible' entrepreneurs

    A call for 'responsible' entrepreneurs
    Few companies watch their bottom line with more anxiety than startup firms, but the ones who want to move into a new business accelerator in Columbia will need to think beyond revenue and expenses. Howard County's Conscious Venture Lab is on the hunt...