California City Council Demands That Marines Get Out of Town

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An overwhelming majority in the Berkeley, Calif., City Council has agreed that a Marine recruiting station in the city should take a hike, the San Jose Mercury News reported Thursday.

Two resolutions were passed this week, one supporting anti-war protests amid opposition to the war in Iraq and the right to protest.

The other resolution passed after allegations of deceptive recruitment practices, the Mercury News reported.

The other resolution, which criticizes military recruitment methods, passed after allegations of deceptive practices, the Mercury News reported.

The Council voted 8-1 in favor of the proposal to tell the Marines they are not welcome, and that if recruiters wish to stay, they will be "unwelcome intruders," the Mercury News reported.

Separately, the Council also voted 8-1 to explore enforcing its law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, giving women’s rights group Code Pink a parking space in front of the recruiting station to protest once a week, the Mercury News reported.

"I believe in the Code Pink cause. The Marines don't belong here, they shouldn't have come here, and they should leave," Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates told the Mercury News after the votes were cast.

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