Is guitar harder than trumpet? The answer is ‘no’. No string instruments can compare in scale and sound, especially during the lowest note-to-key or intonation process; yet there are exceptions to the rule.
The most important criteria in determining a musical instrument’s technical difficulty is the speed of its vibrating strings, or the string vibration frequency, which can range from 7 Hz in the lowest notes to as high as 32,000 Hertz in the highest. While the violin has about four times the speed of a piano, the differences between the two in scale and intonation are significant, so the violin-piano pairing (and the instrument’s speed) can be considered the best choice for most musicians.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review an appeals court decision that said California’s Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage, may have been unconstitutional.
The high court declined to take up a case that was about Proposition 8, a ballot initiative in California in 2004 that banned same-sex marriages and gay adoptions. The high court declined to hear the appeal in the case.
The case revolved around whether gay couples could still adopt children through the state’s welfare system – a common option for same-sex couples, which often means giving up their own child for adoption.
Lawyers representing the plaintiffs argued that California’s marriage ban infringed on their right to marry. Gay rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign, argued against the ban and won the right to appeal.
Proposition 8 was passed by a vote of 50.4 percent to 48.6 percent on the Nov. 4, 2004. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed the decision on that date until after the November general election.
There were five states where same-sex marriage is legal: California, Delaware, Iowa, Iowa City and Montgomery and St. Louis counties.
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