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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for same sex marriage vote

NEW YORK – New York could vote within days on a bill making the state the sixth in the country to allow gay marriage, officials said. Same-sex nups have previously failed to pass in New York but newly-elected Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is championing the measure and on Tuesday submitted…

Obama admin. allows Medicaid protections for same sex couples

The Obama administration on Friday issued a policy guidance memo that effectively gives same sex couples the same protections as straight couples under Medicaid, the public health program for poor Americans. While the memo does not carry the weight of law, it advises states that the administration does not consider…

Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard to recount 18-year ordeal on ABC TV

LOS ANGELES — A California woman kidnapped as a girl and repeatedly raped is to give her first media interview about her 18-year ordeal, ABC television said a week after her abductors were jailed. Jaycee Dugard, who was 11 when she was seized and kept in a back yard compound…

Gaddafi ordered Viagra-like sex drugs for mass rapes in Libya: ICC prosecutor

UNITED NATIONS — Investigators have evidence that Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi ordered mass rapes and bought containers of sex drugs for troops to attack women, the chief ICC prosecutor said Wednesday. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he may ask for a new charge of mass rape to be made against Kadhafi following…

Tearful U.S. Congressman admits to online, phone sex

NEW YORK (AFP) – Pressure was building Tuesday on New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who openly wept as he refused to resign amid stunning admissions that he lied about extramarital online and phone sex with several young women. Observers of US politics were debating Weiner’s future after his nationally televised…

Three arrested in protest of proposed North Carolina same sex marriage ban

Three activists were arrested Thursday afternoon after entering the North Carolina House floor and chanting “Liberty and Justice for All in North Carolina” while the chamber was in session. The incident was part of a GetEQUAL campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would define…

Belgian child sex abuse victims sue Catholic church

GHENT, Belgium (AFP) – Dozens of victims of a child sex scandal in the Belgian Catholic church on Wednesday announced the launch of legal action against the Holy See, the first such suit in Europe. Lawyers and victims said at a news conference a summons was on its way to…

Martin Luther King’s daughter leaves Atlanta megachurch, citing recent sex controversy

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Bernice King, the daughter of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., has left a suburban Atlanta megachurch that has been at the center of a recent sex controversy, and plans to start her own ministry. Bernice King, an ordained minister, has been a member…

Leaks trigger clampdown in Strauss-Kahn sex crime case

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York police and prosecutors Tuesday imposed a news blackout amid a series of leaks over the evidence collected in the sex scandal surrounding fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Police Tuesday denied being the source of reports Monday that traces of Strauss-Kahn’s semen had been found…

Focus on the Family CEO: We ‘probably lost’ fight against same sex marriage

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, admitted his Christian conservative organization has little chance of turning public opinion against legal same sex marriages. In an interview with the Christian magazine WORLD, Daly said Focus on the Family was “losing” the fight against same sex marriage, noting…

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