At the first meeting of a new state House education subcommittee this month, a dramatic moment in Florida history passed virtually unnoticed. Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, saw that as a good sign.
Archive for December, 2012
The Texas Supreme Court will decide who owns 52 Fort Worth-area church properties valued at more than $100 million in a case being hailed by lawyers as one of the largest church property disputes in state and U.S. history. The dispute erupted about five years ago after the Fort Worth Episcopal diocese broke away from the national church in protest of the consecration of a gay bishop, ordination of women and other policies it perceived as too liberal. The Fort Worth diocese claimed it owned the churches and other properties, but in 2009 the national church sued, arguing the breakaway group could not take the buildings and land.
The new DSM eliminates the term “gender identity disorder,” long considered stigmatizing by mental health specialists and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists.
The home of the Houston Texans will have two new high-definition LED scoreboards for the 2013 season.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he’ll work to ensure that same-sex married couples can file joint tax returns in the state.
Former Bishop Walter F. Sullivan’s life was celebrated Wednesday for his devotion to the poor, his ministry to the imprisoned and his ecumenical influence in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond that he led for 29 years.
Besides right-to-work, which prohibits mandatory union dues collection, other prospective ballot issues could deal with overhauling Ohio’s redistricting process or countering burgeoning ballot initiatives pushing gay marriage or legalized medical marijuana.
A state appeals court is expected to rule on whether Wisconsin’s domestic partnership registry violates the state constitution’s ban on gay marriage.
Florida voters are split on gay marriage and oppose legalizing marijuana, according to a state poll released Thursday.