US court allows Washington, DC, same-sex marriages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chief Justice John Roberts  of the US Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a request from  opponents of gay marriage to put on hold a new law that allows  same-sex couples to wed in Washington, DC.

Roberts acted right before the law takes effect on  Wednesday. In December, the city council adopted a measure  which adds the nation’s capital to the five states that already  allow same-sex marriage.

Opponents of gay marriage argued there should be a public  referendum on the law, which expands the definition of marriage  to include same-sex couples, before it takes effect.

Roberts refused to put the law on hold and said the local  Board of Elections, the city’s superior court and its court of  appeals all had rejected the request for a referendum.

Roberts said the Supreme Court’s practice has been to defer  to local court decisions on District of Columbia matters of  exclusive local concern. Roberts also said the US Congress  has allowed the law to go into effect.

All local legislation in the District of Columbia, home to  590,000 people, must undergo a mandatory 30-day review period  by Congress before it can become law.

The states of Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont, Connecticut and  New Hampshire already allow same-sex marriage.

City officials have said that Wednesday probably will be  the first day same-sex couples can apply for a marriage  licence.


Contractor shot in robbery after leaving bank

An electrical contractor of Enmore/Hope, East Coast Demerara, who was robbed and shot about 1 pm today at Foulis, ECD, is presently admitted in a stable condition at a private medical institution in Georgetown, the police said today.

Minister decries poisoning of Coconut Trees at Hope Estate

The recent poisoning of 18 bearing coconut trees by persons at Hope Estate was today condemned  by Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder.

Mashramani traffic advisory from Police

The Guyana Police Force is informing members of the public that in order to facilitate activities relating to the Mashramani float parade 2018 the following intersections will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00h until the end of the days’ activities;Camp Street & Thomas land Albert Street & Wooldord Avenue Sandy Bobb & Vlissegen Road Sandy Bobb & J.B Singh Barr Street & Vlissengen Road Dowding & Vlissengen Road Station Street & Vlissengen Road Lamaha street & Vlissengen Road Woolford Avenue & Vlissengen Road Woolford & J.B Singh Anira & Irving Streets Laluni & Irving StreetsThe Following roads will also be closed to facilitate the float parade; u  Crown & Irving streets u  Almond & Irving Streets u  Forshaw & Irving Streets u  Church Street & Vlissengen Road u  North & Vlissengen Roads u  Regent Street & Vlissengen Road u  South & Vlissengen Road u  Brickdam & Vlissengen Road u  Homestretch Avenue & Vlissengen Road u  Hadfield & Vlissengen Road u  Mandela Avenue & Vlissengen Road        

Security net to stay in East Port of Spain following unrest

(Trinidad Guardian) Joint police and Defence Force patrol camps are remaining in East Port-of-Spain permanently and will be supplemented as necessary, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young says.

Auditor General requests info from private developer to complete probe of billion-dollar D’Urban Park project

Auditor General Deodat Sharma says that he is awaiting some information from Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) before he completes his investigation of the controversial billion-dollar D’Urban Park Development Project.

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