NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesting farmers have marched, rode horses and drove long lines of tractors into India’s capital, breaking through police barricades to storm the historic Red Fort. It was a deeply symbolic act that revealed the scale of their challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. They waved farm union and religious flags from the ramparts of the fort, where prime ministers annually hoist the national flag on the country’s August independence day holiday. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons and set up barricades in attempt to hold back the protesters Tuesday. The farmers have been demanding the withdrawal of new laws that they say will favor large corporate farms and devastate the earnings of smaller scale farmers.
NZ Herald 22 Jan 2013Terms such as mother, father, husband and wife could disappear from the law if gay marriage is legalised, MPs have been told.Family First director Bob McCoskrie told the select committee considering Louisa Wall’s gay marriage bill that Spanish law had recently replaced the terms mother and father with Progenitor A and Progenitor B.“The US State of Washington is to remove the terms husband and wife from divorce courts,” he said.“In France the words mother and father will be stripped from official documents, McCoskrie tabled 24,000 extra signatures to petition against the bill on top of 48,000 already presented at parliament.“I see marriage as similar to the Treaty of Waitangi. It is historical. It is the foundation of our culture,” he said.“It certainly shouldn’t be altered.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10860708