12 Angry Jurors

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On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. The jury votes 11-1 that the man is guilty of the crime, but laws in the United States require a unanimous vote by all 12 jurors in order to pass judgment. Tempers flare as the eleven jurors try their best to convince the 1 dissenter to come around to their side. As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of “reasonable doubt”. Twelve Angry Men is a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your site while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy.

 

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SHAME!: Chaos in D.C. as House Republicans embrace LGBT discrimination

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shame-652499_960_720WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame!,” but seven Republicans switched their votes under pressure from House leaders and defeated a measure to protect gay rights.

The final vote was 213-212 after the chaos on the House floor May 19. That was enough to defeat an amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.

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Marion County school board votes anti-transgender rules

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In a 4-1 vote, the Marion County School Board approved a resolution that requires students and staff to use the restroom that matches their biological sex, regardless of gender identity.

The April 26 meeting was held before a packed room, with overflow attendees watching via a television screen outside. According to Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s Transgender Inclusion Director, 47 people spoke on the proposal, and most were against it.

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Florida surgeon general John Armstrong out of a job

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Tallahassee (AP) – The Florida Senate is unlikely to vote on Dr. John Armstrong’s confirmation as the state surgeon general, which would end his tenure today.

Senate President Andy Gardiner said March 9 that he will not bring a confirmation vote to the floor. Armstrong passed through the Health Policy Committee but never got a vote in the Ethics and Election Committee.

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Poland elects first openly gay mayor in elections

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Robert Biedron already made history once in Poland by becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in parliament in 2011. On Dec. 1, he became the country’s first openly gay mayor.

The 38-year-old’s political successes are a marker of how quickly this deeply conservative and Catholic country has changed in the decade since it joined the European Union. Back then, in 2004, gay rights marches were still being banned and homosexuality was treated as a huge taboo. Since then a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians has arrived hand-in-hand with a flourishing economy.

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Miami Shores Council rejects gay marriage resolution

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The village of Miami Shores voted 3 to 2 to reject a resolution supporting marriage equality in Florida.

Since the marriage equality suit was filed and heard in courts this year mayors from Orlando, Key West, St. Petersburg, Lake Worth, and Miami Beach have all announced their support.

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Hawaii Senate votes on marriage equality TODAY

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HONOLULU (AP) – The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage on any minute now, the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special session measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The bill allowing same-sex couples to wed on the islands starting Dec. 2 is expected to pass easily barring any unexpected surprises.

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Marriage equality up for final House vote in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii House lawmakers were poised to take their final vote Friday on a bill to legalize gay marriage on the islands, with strong chances the measure will pass and move to the Senate for its second approval.

House members planned to return to the floor Friday morning for their final debate after a five-day public committee hearing and an 11-hour floor session earlier this week. The debate played out amid noisy crowds outside the chamber and maneuvering inside from lawmakers for and against the bill.

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