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Tim Pawlenty wiped a serial child molester’s record clean in 2008

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty formally announced his campaign seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency Monday morning, but by midday, his political past had already caught up to him. Reporting by Minneapolis City Pages’ Nick Pinto brought to attention a pardon then-Gov. Pawlenty granted to a sex offender in October…

Majority supports same sex marriage for first time: Gallup poll

WASHINGTON – A new Gallup poll finds that a majority of American want to legalize same sex marriage for the first time, the latest of many recent surveys reflecting a sea change in public opinion on the divisive issue. Fifty-three percent said they believe marriages between same sex couples should…

IMF chief gets $1 million bail in sex assault case

NEW YORK (AFP) – Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set for release on bail Friday, allowing the once powerful IMF chief to be reunited with his family for the first time since his arrest on sex assault charges. A New York court ordered him to be released as early as Friday on…

British minister accused of ‘outright misogyny’ for rape comment

LONDON — Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke was Wednesday battling to save his job after suggesting there was a distinction between “serious rape” and other forms of the crime. The former shadow finance minister was taking part in a BBC radio phone-in when he replied to host Victoria Derbyshire’s assertion that…

Minnesota amendment to ban same sex marriage advances

The Minnesota House Committee on Rules and Administration approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman by a 13 to 12 vote Wednesday morning. The Minnesota Independent reported that several protesters shouted “Shame!” and “You are damaging my life and my family!” while…

Mass. bill would require divorcing parents to obtain judge’s approval for sex

The Massachusetts legislature is conducting hearings Wednesday on a bill that would bar divorcing couples with children from carrying on a sexual relationship while in their own home. The bill would prevent parents from “conducting a dating or sexual relationship within the home” until the divorce is final. Although seemingly…

Maid denies ‘consensual sex’ with IMF chief: lawyer

NEW YORK — The woman who says she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn will strongly deny to jurors any assertions that she willingly had sex with the IMF chief, her attorney said Wednesday. “I think that when the jury hears her testimony and sees her in person, and finally…

Hospital visitation rights for same sex couples under threat in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) this week asked a judge if the state may stop defending a law that gives citizens in same sex relationships the right to visit their partner if they’re in a hospital. Passed by Democrats in 2009, the state’s domestic partnership registry was meant to give…

Vatican ‘means business’ in preventing priest sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican told bishops around the world Monday that they must make it a global priority to root out sexual abuse of children by priests. The Roman Catholic Church told bishops in a letter that they should cooperate with civil authorities to end the abuse that…

IMF chief vows to fight sex assault charges

NEW YORK (AFP) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was to face charges in a New York court on Monday of trying to rape a hotel chambermaid as lawyers back in France threatened to file another sex assault complaint. While pundits predicted the scandal would scupper the veteran politician’s chances of…

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