So much has changed since we last heard from “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” a decade ago.
Barack Obama was a state legislator. Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla. Steve Jobs had just introduced a portable music player called the iPod.
A priest who formerly served at a parish in St. Paul pleaded guilty Nov. 8, to molesting two boys and possessing child pornography, reported TwinCities.com.
Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 48, admitted in court to sexually abusing the brothers when he was pastor of Blessed Sacrament on St. Paul's East Side. He also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.
A Romanian gay rights group says two men were beaten by a group of hooded men and needed hospital treatment after attending an event about attitudes toward homosexuality.
ACCEPT said that about 10 men waited for participants to exit a debate and a play on Nov. 6 and kicked, punched and shoved people, accusing them of "organizing gay events."
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.
The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
In a front-page article in Saturday’s Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy See sought to frame itself as the lone voice of courage in opposing initiatives to give same-sex couples legal recognition. In a separate Vatican Radio editorial, the pope’s spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents don’t now push for legal recognition for polygamous couples as well.
Washington voters have upheld a state law passed earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage in the state, and gay and lesbian couples can start marrying as early as next month.
With the passage of Referendum 74 this week, Washington is now one of eight states that have legalized gay marriage. Maine and Maryland approved same-sex marriage with public votes this week, and six other states – New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont – and the District of Columbia had already enacted laws or issued court rulings that permit same-sex marriage.
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.
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are expecting their second baby together in 2013 from the same surrogate mother who bore their first.
John, 65, and Furnish, 50, are reportedly expecting a sibling for their son Zachary, who will turn 2 in December.
Colorado Democrats have elected the first openly gay House speaker in state history, giving control of the chamber to a man who was the public face of a fierce debate over civil union legislation that Republicans defeated six months ago.
Democratic lawmakers on Nov. 8 picked Denver Rep. Mark Ferrandino to lead the state House, which they re-took in this week's election. His election won't be official until lawmakers reconvene in January and Republicans ratify the pick.
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.