Texas Rep. Proposes Cutting Funding From School Districts Offering Domestic Partner Benefits

Last year, Pflugerville school district in Texas became the first in the state to offer benefits to domestic partners of employees, whether gay or straight. But some legislators say that move goes against the values Texans apparently hold dear.

Rep. Drew Springer, a Republican state representative from the state’s Cooke County, proposed a bill this week that would slash healthcare funding by 7.5 percent for school districts that offer benefits to employees’ domestic partners — a major blow to those districts and their staffs: [Read more...]

Gay Senator to Opponents of Civil Unions: ‘Get Thee To a Nunnery’

Pat Steadman, a gay Colorado state senator, invoked Shakespeare’s Hamlet when debating a civil unions bill on the Senate floor recently. Watch the video below: [Read more...]

Did the Pope Resign Because of Gay Vatican Networks?

Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise retirement may have been influenced by a “network of gay prelates within the Vatican,” according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica. [Original article in Italian.]

Apparently, the Pope ordered a massive internal report after his butler, Paolo Gabriele, was convicted and found guilty of confiscating documents from the papal apartment. The report found some additional juicy and apparently overwhelming details. [Read more...]

AP Stylebook Adds Entry On ‘Husbands, Wives’ to Account for Married Same-Sex Couples

The Associated Press announced Thursday a new entry to its stylebook that specifies language that should be used when referring to same-sex couples. [Read more...]

Sneaking God Into Science Classes: The Rise Of The ‘Academic Freedom’ Bill

Right-wing religious groups are fighting harder than ever to bring Christianity into the classroom, and in some states, they’re actually winning.

Since 2004, militant Christians in various states have pushed for legislators to pass “academic freedom” bills. According to the National Center for Science Education, these bills permit, but do not require, teachers to include Creationist material in science classes: [Read more...]


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