A Madison-based group that advocates the separation of church and state is taking on the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is challenging the diocese’s tax-exempt status after Bishop David Ricken urged parishioners to vote against candidates who support abortion or gay marriage.
An ordained Christian counselor devoted to freeing people from homosexuality was charged with eight counts of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct after two young men filed complaints against him.
The Rev. Ryan J. Muelhauser, senior pastor of a church in rural east-central Minnesota, was affiliated with OutPost Ministry, a group that claims to cure same-sex attraction through prayer. According to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Muelhauser allegedly fondled the two complainants, who had sought his help to rid themselves of homosexuality. The two said the pastor also asked them to masturbate for him to bring them spiritual strength.
After two years of heart-wrenching defeats, capped by Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall victory this summer, Wisconsin Democrats were on an unrelenting losing streak.
And when popular former Gov. Tommy Thompson decided to run for U.S. Senate, Republicans appeared poised for yet another prominent win that would give them control of both Wisconsin’s Senate seats for the first time since the 1950s.
The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America breezed past two little-known opponents to win a sixth term as Maricopa County sheriff Nov. 6 after facing the most bruising political challenge of his long career, forcing him to plow millions of dollars into the race to fend off the challenge.
Republican Joe Arpaio easily beat Democrat Paul Penzone and independent Mike Stauffer.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is headed back to Washington, but the tea-party favorite’s toughest race yet suggests a new vulnerability in the wake of her failed presidential run.
Bachmann barely won a fourth term despite vastly outspending an upstart Democrat running his first race. She turned out to be less popular with her constituents than GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney or even a gay marriage ban she championed.
The Human Rights Campaign, after witnessing a four-state sweep of victories on marriage equality Nov. 6, released a guide on getting hitched in Maine, Maryland and Washington.
Those states legalized same-sex marriage on Election Day while in Minnesota voters rejected an anti-gay constitutional amendment.
Carolyn Campbell lamented that she didn’t court enough voters in northeast Kansas in seeking her second term on the State Board of Education.
Her opponent, Jack Wu, was outspoken on teaching evolution and has ties to an anti-gay Topeka church notorious for picketing military members’ funerals. Campbell, a Democrat, worried GOP voters would simply follow Wu’s Republican party affiliation.
Maine, Washington and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
The outcomes for those ballot measures on Nov. 6 were a milestone for persistent but often thwarted advocacy groups and activists who for decades have pressed the causes of gay rights and drug decriminalization.
Going against a trend in Africa, Malawi’s government is moving to suspend laws against homosexuality and has ordered police not to arrest people for same-sex acts until the anti-gay laws are reviewed by parliament.
Human Rights Watch called the decision “courageous” and said it should inspire other countries that criminalize homosexuality.
An inmate in a federal prison in Texas has pleaded guilty to an assault against another inmate suspected of being gay.
John Hall, 27, incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas, pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Circuit Court of Cook County heard oral arguments this week in a motion from two churches seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging marriage inequality in Illinois.
The Church of Christian Liberty and Grace Gospel Fellowship want to become defendants in the suit, in Darby v. Orr, which was brought by Lambda Legal on behalf of gay couples in the state.
President Francois Hollande's Cabinet pushed ahead with a controversial French bill Wednesday that could see gay marriage legalized early next year, defying vocal opposition in the majority Catholic country from religious leaders, the rural heartland and the conservative opposition.
The French leader's top ministers approved the bill legalizing marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, sending it to the legislature for debate, only one day after three American states, Maine and Maryland, became the first in the U.S. to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote.