Politics

President Obama Throws Weight Behind Last Chance For Illinois Marriage Equality This Season

With one and a half days remaining on the Illinois legislative calendar and LGBT activists claiming a vote for marriage equality is imminent, President Obama has personally appealed to lawmakers to place themselves on the right side of history.


“Here in Illinois, we’ve got a vote on same-sex marriage that’s going to be coming up in the Legislature,” said the president. "I just want to say for the record it’s something that I deeply support. I wrestled with this for a long time and I am absolutely convinced it is the right thing to do. And we have to make sure that wherever we go, we are reminding people that the essence of America is that everybody is treated equally under the law without exception.”

Stay tuned to Instinct for any breaking marriage equality updates from Illinois. 

(h/t: Queerty)

Will Airlines Finally Lift The Ban On Electronics In The Sky?

We've all been there: you're sitting on your flight furiously texting away to let everyone in vacationland know your ETA. Then the flight attendant comes by and says to power that bad boy down. But do you? Or do you just tuck it into your pocket without fully complying?

According to The Week, a recent survey suggests that 40 percent of us fail to power off our electronics before take-off and landing anyway, so what's really happening? Are the pilots' gizmos and gadgets in the cockpit really at risk if passengers don't comply?

That depends on whom you ask.

The FAA has the rule in place because pilots file dozens of reports every year that suggest they are concerned that electromagnetic waves emitted by passengers' cell phones, MP3 players, laptops and tablets, etc. may be interfering with the aircraft's controls. So, that's scary stuff, right? But, and the big but here is, the evidence is theoretical at best.

Because, let's face it, if our personal electronics were as dangerous to flights as the FAA suggests, there would be problems every time we took to the air in a plane. Because, remember, 40 percent of us don't turn off our electronics anyway. Take into consideration, too, that above 10,000 feet, a growing number of airlines are allowing passengers to use the Internet onboard with Wi-Fi. And there have been no reports of dangerous interference here. So what gives?

According to The Week

The FAA announced last year that it would conduct a thorough review of its electronic device policy—but didn't say when that review would be completed. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D–Mo.) has warned the FAA that if it doesn't soon relax its rules on e-readers and other portable electronics, she will introduce legislation forcing it to do so. "I'm big on getting rid of regulations that make no sense," she said, "and I think this is one.

But when might the ban end?

It could be within a year, but current guidelines require each airline to test every singlemake and model of each and every electronic device it wants the FAA to approve for each type of aircraft in its fleet. That's a whole lot of brands, makes and models of electronics to test!

What's your Instinct? Should electronics be allowed on flights?

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