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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 11, 1996, Darmstadt, Hesse September 1996 STARS AND STRIPES Page 5 Something in the air South African President Nelson Mandela strolls through a Johannesburg suburb Sunday with his arm around the shoulder of Graca widow of I he late president of Samora Surprised residents of Houghton soon began to speculate Is the romance getting serious Senate votes 8514 to deny recognition of gay unions WASHINGTON AP The Senate gave final con gressional approval Tuesday to a that would deny Federal recognition of marriages and let states refuse to sanction such unions licensed in other Senators voted 8514 for the Defense of Marriage which would define marriage in federal law as a legal union between one man and one The House voted overwhelmingly to pass the in and President Clinton has said he will sign Senate supporters of the called it a sense response to a lawsuit going to trial Tuesday that could lead Hawaii to become the first state to issue marriage licenses to gay The traditional family has stood for Phil Are we so wise today that we are ready to reject years of recorded his tory I dont think Gay marriage flies in the face of the thousands of years of experience about the social stability that tradi tional marriage has afforded said Robert The does not bar any state from legalizing gay marriages within its own But other states would be freed from having to recognize them as law Homosexual couples would remain ineligible for spousal benefits under the Social Security and Medi care programs or for any other federal benefit now re served for married The Senate also was to vote Tuesday on a that would ban job discrimination against Majority Leader Trent denied al spirited or preemptive measure to make sure that a handful of judges in a single state cannot impose a radical social agenda upon the entire Opponents criticized the as un constitutional and timed to whip up support for lican presidential candidate Bob The violates a constitutional requirement thai states must recognize legal contracts in other said Carol all recognize this is an inappropriate legislative activity by the federal she This fur ther demonstrates the Defense of Marriage Act is really about the politic of fear and and inciting people in an area which is admittedly contro Gay rights activists and conservatives said they lob bied lawmakers until the last minute Were definitely lobbying with every ounce of our said David a spokesman for the Human Rights one of the largest gay polit ical We have delivered letters from HRC mem bers and others throughout the country to senators and were very much on the phone Smith said Conservative groups also were busy decry ing homosexuality as A group of black min complained about the way some gay activists lik ened their struggle for fair treatment to the civil rights As an African I am deeply offended by ho claims that they suffer the same discrimination that people of color have said the Lester a regional director of the Traditional Values Coa Politicians who invoke the images of the civil and throw around terms like racist or are taking something decent and honorable and using it to disguise bizarre sexual The Family Research Council spent the day making phone calls to group spokeswoman Krisli Hamrick Weve certainly been working on this around the she Gay rights were optimistic of win ning the battle over the Senate measure outlawing job discrimination against Smith said his group had received word lhat at least 44 senators would vote for Ihe and members were hopeful they could get ihe seven more needed for pas The bills Edward originally had planned to introduce the measure as an amendment to the Defense of Marriage Ilia believing ihe tion language offend conservatives and the marriage bills chances for After tuo of negotiations last the lican leadership agreed to June the Senate sepa rately on the tAo The has yel io act on the Egypt for large war games From The Associated Press Egypt armed farces began 10 days of maneuvers in what was touted as the largest war games since the end of Egypts last war witli Israel in As many as soldiers will participate in the land and sea maneuvers known as 96 along the Red Sea coast and near the borders Libya and military sources Egypt has about men in making its army one of the largest in Africa and the Middle The exercises will increase confidence in the Egyptian army and will prove that the armed forces do not relax during Defense Minister Hussein He said the drills were at improving readiness and did not envision any specific How soort they forget In women from this Spanish Basque town dressed as soldiers and joined their in a victorious battle over the But last when women dressed as soldiers and tried to join the victory men kept them but with insults and the daily El Pals reported Town tradition governs the parade marking the battle at a fishing port on the French Even though women helped win the battle on the they are only supposed to carry water containers during the which was held War of the Worlds II Spain Hundreds of panicked Spaniards flooded TV and radio switchboards with calls last weekend when a newscaster broke in with a report showing space aliens hovering over New The purported news flashes that appeared Saturday and Sunday on the network were in fact advertisements for the film Independence which opens Friday in The firm figured viewers wouldnt be taken in by spoof of Orson Welles The War ofthe Worlds the 1938 radio that created a short but memorable panic in ihc United We wanted to do something some but certainly not an advertising Jose Luis said Mother Teresa carries on India Mother Teresa arrived in a wheelchair Tuesday lo celebrate the anniversary of the order she founded and urge her followers to keep serving the You have to carry That is the best way 16 serve she told 200 nuns at the Missionaries of Charity chapel after a prayer led by Calcutta Archbishop Henry The wearing while habits and holding surrounded the 86yearold Roman Catholic Mother Teresa thanked her colleagues and other wellwishers from around the world who had prayed for her She returned Friday after two weeks of hospitalization for malaria a chest infection and cardiac Mother Teresa suffered a heart attack in Six years after a stronger heart she was given a Elephant hits photographer Kenya Wildlife photographer Beard was recovering Tuesday in Nairobi Hospital after being injured by a charging Beard underwent surgery Monday to treat a fractured pelvis and thigh injuries after he uas tossed by an elephant at in the Masai Mara Game said a doctor who spoke on condition of Details of the incident not immediately Beard was apparently traveling with a family arid friends in the southwest of Heard reportedly told the doctor Hut one four he approached io upset and
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