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Republicans hire former solicitor general to defend the Defense of Marriage Act

House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), have hired former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement to defend the ban on federal recognition of same sex marriage. In February, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, legislation passed by Congress in 1996 that…

Delaware approves civil unions for same sex couples

Delaware lawmakers approved a civil unions bill that will provide same sex couples all of the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities as married persons under Delaware law. The bill now heads to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to be signed into law after the House voted 26-15 in favor of…

Clergy sex allegations soar in the US

WASHINGTON – Allegations of sexual abuse involving the Roman Catholic clergy in the United States rose sharply last year to nearly 700 from around 400 in 2009, according to a church report Monday. The vast majority of the allegations, 653, involved alleged abuse that occurred decades ago but whose “victims/survivors…

Italian PM Berlusconi laughs off sex crime trial

MILAN — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday accused Italy’s judges of being out to get him and laughed off his ongoing sex crime trial as he returned to court on fraud charges in a separate trial. “The prosecutors are working against the country,” Berlusconi told reporters in the courtroom,…

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down law barring same sex couples from adopting

Supporters of an Arkansas law that prevented unmarried same sex and straight couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents may seek a constitutional amendment to reinstate it after the state’s Supreme Court ruled the ban was unconstitutional. The Court ruled Thursday that Act One, the Arkansas Adoption and Foster…

Obama friend Dick Titcomb arrested for soliciting sex in Hawaii

A close friend of President Barack Obama was arrested in a prostitution sting Monday in Hawaii. Robert Richard Titcomb, 49, of Waialua was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover officer, according to Hawaii News Now. CNN confirmed the arrest with Honolulu Department of Public Safety Wednesday. Obama has…

Taiwan to legalize billion dollar sex trade

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan’s government said Thursday it is planning to create legal red-light districts so that it can police the sex trade more easily and protect sex workers’ rights. Under the proposal, sex workers would be able to apply for licences to operate in authorised zones and would be…

Washington recognizes out-of-state same sex marriages

Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation Wednesday that allows married same sex couples moving to Washington to have access to the state’s domestic-partnership law. “The more states that do this, the more credibility we have of getting the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) repealed, because the individual states are saying we…

Berlusconi sex trial opens and immediately adjourned

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s trial on charges he paid an underage woman for sex opened on Wednesday and was adjourned until May 31 after just 10 minutes. Berlusconi, who has escaped largely unscathed in the opinion polls over the “Rubygate” case, did not attend the session.…

Women dominate as Berlusconi trial set to begin Wednesday

by Francoise Kadri Francoise Kadri – Mon Apr 4, 2:05 am ET ROME (AFP) – From the judge’s bench to the witness stand, women are at the centre of a sex trial for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi starting Wednesday that has breathed new life into Italy’s feminist movement. The trial…

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