- Making News: Massachusetts Allows Gay Marriages
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has ruled that same-sex couples in that state have the right to marry. The court rejected a lower court claim that the primary purpose of marriage was procreation. Attorney Paul Martinek, editor of Lawyers Weekly USA, says the 4-to-3 decision returns the civil-union issue to the Legislature, which is already considering a constitutional amendment to legally define marriage.
- Reporter's Notebook: Terrorism Highlights Turkey's Muslim-Jewish Relationship
A group associated with Al Qaeda has taken responsibility for two truck bombings in Istanbul that killed 23 and injured hundreds. Although synagogues were the targets, most of the victims were Turkish shopkeepers and passers-by. Semih Idiz of Turkey's liberal daily, Ahksam, says the incident, which occurred in a neighborhood where Jews and Muslims have lived together for 500 years, further solidifies the relationship Turkey and Israel.
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