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Anti-LGBT rights group launches campaign to repeal New York marriage equality

An anti-gay rights group is furious at New York Republican lawmakers for helping to legalize same sex marriage in the state. A fundraising letter from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced that the group plans multiple rallies in New York to begin a campaign to repeal marriage equality, which…

First drug-resistant gonorrhea strain emerges

For the first time, international researchers have identified a strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to treatment with antibiotics, scientists announced at a sex disease research conference Monday. The common bacterial infection, often called the “clap,” has until now been easily treatable with antibiotics but if left alone can cause…

Rick Santorum signs pledge to ban same sex marriage and pornography

Rick Santorum has become the second Republican presidential candidate to sign a “pro-marriage” pledge vowing to fight against same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography. “When I first read it, I was taken aback by it. I can’t argue that I wasn’t,” he told CNN on Sunday. Rep. Michele Bachmann…

Michigan murder trial reveals sex torture chamber at house

DETROIT (Reuters) – A Michigan murder trial over the killing of a man who was castrated has revealed an apparent torture chamber in the basement of a suburban Detroit house where men were castrated for sexual purposes. Robert Martin Nowak, 51, is charged with murder and criminal sexual conduct in…

Bachmann pledges to ban ‘all forms of pornography’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge created by The Family Leader, a conservative, Iowa-based Christian group that opposes same sex marriage, Sharia law and pornography. By signing the pledge (PDF), Bachmann vowed to support a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, as well…

Creepy app uses facial recognition to count women in bars

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new app aims to maximize the chances of meeting a member of the opposite sex by using facial recognition technology to show how many men and women there are in any given bar. Scene Tap’s app also records how crowded a bar is by logging…

Attention shifts to Strauss-Kahn’s accuser

Attention in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex case shifted Sunday to the accuser, a New York hotel maid who now faces mounting credibility problems, as the ex-IMF chief enjoyed a second day of newfound freedom. The former French politician remained Sunday in his rented townhouse in Lower Manhattan with his wife…

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signs same sex civil union legislation

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation into law Saturday that grants same sex couples all of the rights afforded to married couples, but without the historical and religious meaning associated with the word marriage. Chafee signed the bill despite expressing his concern that it treats the relationships of same…

New York lawmakers reach agreement on religious exemptions for same sex marriage

New York came one step closer to legalizing marriage equality Friday after Republican lawmakers and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly reached an agreement on religious exemptions. The new exemptions would protect religious organizations from being required to recognize same sex marriages. Senate Republicans met behind close doors Friday afternoon to…

Rep. Weiner tells friends he will resign: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Representative Anthony Weiner has told friends he is stepping down after an Internet sex scandal, The New York Times reported on Thursday. Fellow congressional Democrats have pressured him to quit the House of Representatives and spare the party further embarrassment after he admitted sending lewd photos of himself to a number of women. (Reporting by Daniel…

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