Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Marry in Iowa

Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in Iowa yesterday on the first day that the Iowa court ruling allowing such unions took effect, USA Today. Iowa, Vermont and Massachusetts are the only US states that recognize same-sex marriage. Last year the Supreme Court of California overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. However, that ruling was overturned by Proposition 8, an item on the November 2008 ballot which put the restrictions back in place. Iowans who wish to overturn the ruling are hoping to add an amendment to the Iowa state constitution, but will have to wait until 2012 for the amendment to be put on a ballot, Washington Post.

The New York Times reports that borders are tightening on swine flu fears. Canada urges citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico, Globe and Mail. Check the CDC’s emergency information Twitter feed for the latest official information. It also appears CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta has started a Twitter  feed.

Air Force One photo shoot causes evacuations in New York City. The White House Military Office chose New York as the site for an update of photos of the President’s plane. The large Boeing 747 flew low over the city reminding many in New York and New Jersey of the events of September 11th. President Obama says he is “furious” that his office used such poor judgment in not informing the public of the photo shoot, CNN.

Analysis of the media obsession with the 100 days marking President Obama’s time in office, NPR. Tomorrow is Obama’s 100th day in office, although the story notes that “Obama will not actually complete 100 days in office until 1 p.m. on April 30, which would be 2,400 hours after he took the oath of office at noon on Jan. 20 (note one hour of adjustment for daylight saving time).”

Part of the Wilkins Ice Shelf roughly the size of New York City in Antarctica has broken off into icebergs this month, Globe and Mail.

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