In Other News…

VERMONT and IOWA – Recently, same-sex marriage was legalized in these two states. Iowa’s Supreme Court nullified a 1998 gay marriage ban after six Iowa same-sex couples filed suit against the ban in 2005. The Vermont Legislature overrode Governor Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill which allows same-sex couples to marry. Vermont and Iowa join Conneticut and Massachusetts in allowing equal marriage rights.
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s President Ahmadinejad said he was receptive to improving relations between Iran and the U.S. if American policy is “honest.” In a statement last month, President Obama expressed interest in reviving positive interactions between the two countries. Ties between Iran and the U.S. were severed in 1979 after an attack, in which diplomats were taken hostage, on the American Embassy in Tehran.