News Bites For April 23, 2014

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Gays to be Stoned to Death in Brunei

Brunei, a sultanate in Southeast Asia, is preparing to institute sharia law, which will carry a death sentence by stoning for homosexual conduct. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah first introduced the code of conduct last October and said it will only apply to Muslims in the tiny nation on the island of Borneo. Same-sex relations, sodomy, rape, adultery, and extramarital sexual relations would all be punishable by stoning to death. Officials at the United Nations have condemned the law as draconian. “The application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offenses contravenes international law,” U.N. spokesman Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva, Switzerland.

Florida House 100 race taking shape

The race for the open Florida House of Representatives seat in District 100 got a lot more interesting last week when one of the leading candidates dropped out. Alex Lewy, 32, a Hallandale Beach Commissioner, announced intentions to withdraw from the race to accept a staff position with American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group. Lewy’s departure clears the way for openly gay candidate John Paul Alvarez, 30, a Broward County public schools teacher, to challenge seasoned politician Joe Geller, 59, for the Democratic nomination. The district includes coastal communities of southern Broward and northern Miami-Dade Counties.


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