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The vote came in Salt Lake City at the Episcopal General Convention, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. It passed in the House of Deputies, the voting body of clergy and lay participants at the meeting.
The House of Bishops had approved the resolution Tuesday by 129-26 with five abstaining.
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The Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara , CA last week caused these two to take shelter together.
The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. The fawn came from somewhere in the fire and the bobcat from Carpentaria.
They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.
Animal Planet reported the bobcat kitten was rescued near Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death.
They rescued the fawn during last weeks wildfire. Although wild animals, especially of separate species, are never placed together due to regulations, in this emergency situation, they had no choice.
the mayhem of the fire, they were forced to put animals anywhere they
could, since they had run out of crates large enough for the fawn. The
kitten ran to the fawn, and it was instant bonding.
forcing those convicted of mistreating animals to register their names in a
public database, The New York Times reports.
The bill was drafted with the help of the Animal Defense Fund, an advocacy group based in
San Francisco. The organization said the database would alert the public to dangerous individuals
and possibly serve as an early detection service for other crimes. Abusers would be required to
present personal information and a current photograph.
The California Senate majority leader, Dean Florentz, who introduced the bill, said animal rights
is a rare bipartisan issue in the state, which has recently given new protections to cattle, chickens and pigs.
Last fall, California banned tail docking for dairy cows -- a partial amputation of the tail to make
milking easier. It also ordered that the size of chicken cages be increased to allow the birds more room.
The new animal protections outraged many in the agriculture industry, who have talked about leaving the state.