Joe Frank

The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – February 13, 2004

San Francisco issues hundreds more marriage licences to same sex couples and the weddings at City Hall are likely to continue through the weekend – opponents of gay marriage go to court to try to stop it but are rebuffed in their legal challenge

In Massachusetts advocates of same-sex marriage claim at least a temporary victory as State lawmakers adjourn an effort to draft a constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman

The Pentagon with a new panel to rule whether the detainees at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Cuba are a threat or can be released – but at the same time secretary of defense Rumsfeld indicates they can be held without trial indefinitely – one human rights group calls the panel a sham

President Bush orders the release of all of his Vietnam-era military records – but there’s no new evidence indicating that he showed up for service in Alabama

A Federal Judge orders the Government to grant over 20-thousand asylum holders permanent resident status – the judge calls the government’s treatment of asylum holders a national embarrassment

It looks like the endorsement of the AFL-CIO is on the way to John Kerry – today he gets the backing of former General Wesley Clark

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