Democrat D66 alderman Ronald Mauer decided to introduce the measure after it was revealed that two officials in the municipality refused to perform gay marriages. Amsterdam was supposedly free of all ‘conscientious objectors' and, since 2007, only employs officials who are willing to marry same-sex couples.
Neither of the two marriage commissioners who refuse to officiate at same-sex services is Muslim. Both are women. One was employed before 2007 while the other stated she did not have any objections to same-sex marriages during her job interview last year.
The district council is currently investigating the case of the second official to see whether she changed her mind since being taken on as a marriage commissioner or whether she told a barefaced lie. Mr Mauer is looking into which disciplinary measures can be taken if it transpires the woman lied. She could face dismissal.
Holland Festival runs until 26 June. Events take place at various venues in Amsterdam. The festival comprises a total of 58 productions and over 150 performances.
This year's opening act was Mea Culpa, a multidisciplinary opera by German director Christoph Schlingensief who died last year at age 49. He wrote the piece after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008. It was his last work, intended to be, as the festival describes it, a social sculpture of his own disease about life and mortality, pain, fear and anger.
The opera contains numerous references, including those to the figurative art of Joseph Beuys and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Its music ranges from Wagner to Roy Orbison. Produced by the Vienna Burg Theatre, this performance of Mea Culpa along with other Schlingensief works in the festival are intended as an homage to the artist.
Festival artistic director Pierre Audi said he did not allow himself to be influenced by the Dutch government's impending budget cuts. Nor did he avoid taking risks when putting together the programme. For this year's theme, he selected the struggle between order and chaos.
According to Audi: "The continued existence of art lies in the need to reflect humanity's dilemmas. Art without risk and debate is art which has lost its purpose."
There is more than just one reason to ride naked on a bike in Amsterdam. It could be the atmosphere of the city, the environment consideration, smoking something new or just wanting to ride naked on bike with no specific excuse.
The traditional naked bike ride organization will provide you with most reasons and more to do just that. Apparently this is an international effort that will take place next weekend in Amsterdam but also in London, Munich, Marseilles and Mexico City.
On Saturday, June 11th, 2011 the ride will start at railway station of Amsterdam Amstel, pass through Amsterdam center to the cheers of the crowd and will end up at the Vondelpark around 15:30.
For more info, please check the WNBR site: www.wnbr.nl
It can't get more Amsterdamish than that... can it?
Microsoft showed Thursday the next version of its Windows OS at a press event in Taipei, unveiling a completely new tile-based interface that it hopes will be better suited for the emerging world of tablet PCs.
CIO Day 2013 Highlighted the Importance of IT and Announced the CIOs of the Year
CIO Day 2013 took place on 25 and 26 November 2013 in the historic Beurs van Berlage.
The most ‘high level’ IT and business event in Europe for eight years, brought together more than 750 visitors of executive level, united around the theme of Technology & Economy and their increasingly strong relationship within a large company.
Turn on the Lights: De Bijenkorf Opens the Christmas season in Amsterdam
On Thursday, 21 November 2013, Amsterdam's luxury department store de Bijenkorf will give the start of the Christmas season with a magnificent festive light spectacle and theatrical performance by international street theatre company Plasticiens Volants.
Turn on the Lights kicks off at 19:00 and will illuminate the facade of the Majestic building with 400,000 energy-efficient LED lights.
The 5th edition of TEDxAmsterdam will take place in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on November 6, 2013. Teams of more than 100 enthusiastic volunteers are working hard to create an unforgettable experience with one mission: making Ideas Worth Spreading reality.
The American Book Center will help spread these ideas on location with a collection of books from the many speakers at this event.
The Apple Store Opened Doors for the Iphone 5s and 5c Sale
The Amsterdam Apple Store at Leidseplein 25 opened doors at 7:55AM this morning. The first 15 people, who had waited in line, were the first ones to get the new iPhone 5s and 5c and the traditional applause from the Apple staff.
The biggest fans of Apple had been waiting and camping in front of the Apple Store since Wednesday, 23 October. On the night of Thursday to Friday the estimated number of people was 200.
The Iphone 5c comes in five colors - bright pink, blue, green, yellow and white. The slim and elegant 5s adds the stunning silver, gold and space gray shades to the Iphone family and features the unique Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor. The prices at the Apple Store for the Iphones with 16GB are 699 euro for the 5s and 599 euro for the 5c.
N200 Amsterdam - Haarlem Closed After a Pile-up
In the early hours today , the N200 Amsterdam - Haarlem highway was closed between the N202 to IJmuiden and the road to Halfweg, after a collision with seven vehicles.
The pile-up occurred on the road to Halfweg, the direction of Amsterdam. Three people are badly injured in the accident and taken to hospital.
Around 08:10 PM today the highway will be reopened.