This Post includes Part 26, CCP Party Building--Following the CCP Basic Line. It considers Paragraph 24 of the General Program.
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Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed last week after she defied a court’s order that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was ordered released on Tuesday.
In a two-page order issued Tuesday, the judge who sent her to jail, David L. Bunning of Federal District Court, said he would release Ms. Davis because he was satisfied that her office was “fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.”
Judge Bunning ordered that Ms. Davis “shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.” He said any such action would be regarded as “a violation” of his released order. (Alan Blinder, Kim Davis Freed From Jail in Kentucky Gay Marriage Dispute, The New York Times, Sept. 8, 2015).
Norges Bank has decided to exclude the companies IJM Corp Bhd, Genting Bhd, POSCO and Daewoo International Corp from the investment universe of the GPFG. The companies are excluded base on an assessment of the risk of severe environmental damage.The post includes some thoughts on the decision and the Summary portion of the Ethics Council Recommendation of 27 March 2015 now lately accepted by Norges Bank.
The Executive Board's decision on exclusion was made on the basis of the recommendations of the Council of Ethics. The Executive Board has not conducted an independent assessment of all aspects of the recommendations, but is satisfied that the exclusion criteria have been fulfilled (see § 3, subsection c, of the Guidelines for observation and exclusion from the Government Pension Fund Global).
Before deciding to exclude a company, Norges Bank shall consider whether the use of other measures, including the exercise of ownership rights, may be better suited. The Executive Board concludes that it is not appropriate to use other measures in these cases.
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(From Adam Beam, Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed, AP through MSN, Sept. 3, 2015)
Rowen County clerk Kim Davis, who objects to gay marriage for religious reasons, asked the nation's highest court Friday to grant her "asylum for her conscience." . . . . She stopped issuing all marriage licenses in the days after the Supreme Court's landmark decision. . . . A federal judge ordered Davis to issue the license and an appeals court upheld that decision. . . . Forcing her to abandon her Christian principles and issue licenses could never be undone, her attorney, Jonathan D. Christman, with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel, wrote the court. (Kentucky Clerk Asks Supreme Court to Intervene in Gay Marriage Case, Associated Press via NBC News, September 1, 2015)That plea was rejected by the Supreme Court on August 31, 2015. "Davis is now faced with a lower court order that her office begin issuing licenses effective Monday. The order marks the first time the issue of same-sex marriage has come back to the justices since they issued an opinion last June clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry nationwide" (Ariane de Vogue and Jeremy Diamond, SCOTUS: Kentucky clerk must issue same-sex marriage licenses, CNN Politics, August 31, 2015). She continues to refuse to issue marriage licenses as of September 1, 2015 (Kentucky Clerk Again Denies Gay Couples Marriage Licenses, The New York Times, Sept. 1, 2015 ("According to news reports on Tuesday, Ms. Davis has again refused to issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples.").