Jul 12, 2014

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

A children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state’s information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside ...

Obama goes global with gay rights push

Jun 29, 2014

Obama goes global with gay rights push

U.S. President Barack Obama has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world to promote a cause that still divides his own country. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to ...

LDS boots woman who pushed for female priests

Jun 24, 2014

LDS boots woman who pushed for female priests

The Mormon church excommunicated the founder of a prominent women’s group Monday after she created an organization and staged demonstrations in a push for women to join the faith’s priesthood, a rare move that brings down the harshest punishment available. The ousting of Kate ...

Putin gambles on culture war with the West

| Jun 10, 2014

Putin gambles on culture war with the West

Oleg Makarenko wants to set the story straight and answer the “Russophobes” who he says are trying to split and humiliate Russia. His website, www.ruxpert.ru, is on the front line in what Makarenko calls an information war with the West. As President Vladimir Putin ...

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

A federal judge deemed Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread. The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by ...

Man from 'Mars' rails at online porn, feminism

Jun 6, 2014

Man from 'Mars' rails at online porn, feminism

He claims to have saved hundreds of thousands of marriages. But John Gray, author of the 1992 “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” is worried by where relationships are going — notably online. Free to view Internet porn is “like taking heroin” ...

| May 28, 2014

U.S. legal wins bolster same-sex marriage

One after another, U.S. judges are declaring it’s too late to turn back on the topic of same-sex marriage. An unbroken string of state and federal court rulings in support of gay and lesbian unions covers every region of the country, including the conservative ...

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

May 13, 2014

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

It’s the beard that divided a continent. The victory of Austrian whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and some conservative Russian men snapping ...