The Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of suspected child sex abusers to authorities and often helped cover up the accusations over two decades, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sept. 16.
In a review of 1,600 of the organization’s confidential “perversion” files dating from 1970 to 1991, the newspaper found that Scout leaders helped suspected molesters push the allegations under the rug in about 400 instances.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has called Rupert Everett’s gay dads insult outdated.
Everett, came out as gay decades ago, blazing a trial in film, said GLAAD.
A look at the national party platforms on LGBT issues from Marriage Equality USA, a gay rights organization.
NFL punters are only seen on fourth down and heard from less than that. But with Minnesota voters weighing whether to ban gay marriage this fall, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has emerged as a high-profile gay rights champion – and a symbol of changing attitudes toward homosexuality in the sports world.
“I’d like to win some votes against the amendment,” Kluwe told The Associated Press. “It would permanently change the state constitution. Who are we to say we should decide what our children should do on this subject? If we’re not the generation to make gay marriage legal, why should we prevent our children having a say on the matter?”
At least five major Washington state newspapers have endorsed Referendum 74 and the state’s marriage equality law.
The most recent endorsements came over the weekend from The Columbian, which serves the greater Vancouver area; the Seattle Times; The Spokesman Review, with a circulation in Spokane and the surrounding towns, and The News Tribune, which serves Pierce County.
The first major protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin after a summer lull drew tens of thousands of people, determined to show that opposition sentiment remains strong despite Kremlin efforts to muzzle dissent.
The street protests broke out after a December parliamentary election won by Putin’s party through what observers said was widespread fraud, and they grew in strength ahead of Putin’s effectively unopposed election in March to a third presidential term.
A newly formed group is spearheading an effort to retain an Iowa Supreme Court justice who others are trying to oust because of his support of a ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state.
Justice Not Politics Action announced a campaign last week to support the retention of David Wiggins and all other judges on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Jesse Ventura, the former pro wrestler who was governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003, has joined the campaign opposing a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in his state. The state already prevents same-sex marriage by law.
“The constitution should not be used to oppress people,” says the governor in a video that was posted on YouTube yesterday by Minnesotans United for All Families. He’s joined in the video with his wife of 37 years, Terry Ventura. Together, they urge Minnesotans to vote “no” in November.
Bare breasts, drunken revelry and almost anything else is tolerated along Bourbon Street, but after dark, the city is saying street preachers are forbidden.
Two weeks ago, a small group of street preachers were arrested during a gay Pride festival, perhaps the first people to be booked under a nearly year-old ordinance against aggressive solicitation on Bourbon Street. Those who crafted the law say it’s a public safety measure to help with crowd control and discourage con-artists, but the street preachers believe it’s a violation of their First Amendment rights.
Retired boxing champ Muhammad Ali was known as “The Greatest” inside the ring. But some say the moniker has been even more fitting in the years since he hung up his gloves.
Ali came to Philadelphia last week to receive the Liberty Medal for his longtime role as a heavyweight for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. Among those celebrating his latest honor at the National Constitution Center were former basketball star Dikembe Mutombo and Joe Louis Barrow II, the son of boxer Joe Louis.
Americans don’t like all the cash that’s going to super political action committees and other outside groups that are pouring millions of dollars into races for president and Congress.
More than 8 in 10 Americans in a poll by The Associated Press and the National Constitution Center support limits on the amount of money given to groups that are trying to influence U.S. elections.
A Wisconsin judge has struck down nearly all of the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers.
Walker’s administration immediately vowed to appeal the Sept. 14 ruling, while unions, which have vigorously fought the law, declared victory. But what the ruling meant for existing public contracts was murky: Unions claimed the ruling meant they could negotiate again, but Walker could seek to keep the law in effect while the legal drama plays out.