by Andrew Branch & Lynde Langdon Posted 2/15/14, 11:20 am
One week into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, controversy has given way to sport. Fears of terrorism have been assuaged as tens of thousands of Russian security officers keep their eyes peeled. And Russia’s treatment of homosexuals hasn’t been much of an issue, either. Gay members of the U.S. delegation, said they found Russians “friendly.”
Dustin Chandler wants to change his daughter’s life, and he needs a marijuana derivative to do it. Two-year-old Carly has a neurological and epileptic disorder that keeps her from walking, talking, or feeding herself. She suffers from regular seizures.
A federal judge today struck down a portion of Kentucky’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled Kentucky should recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, leaving in place the ban on gay marriage within the state itself.
Heyburn stated in a 23-page ruling that refusing to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states treats gay and lesbian spouses differently in a “way that demeans them.”
The Justice Department is officially expanding the legal privileges of same-sex couples all over the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday night at a fundraising gala for a gay rights advocacy group. The policy change leaves states that don’t allow gay marriage in murky legal waters.
Scientists have announced a breakthrough in stem cell research that is good news for both patients and embryos. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have reprogrammed adult cells to act like embryonic stem cells, once touted as the future’s cure-all for devastating diseases. The new scientific discovery not only offers better treatments to patients but also leaves embryos out of the equation.
The United Methodist Church (UMC), facing a wave of internal dissent over its policy on homosexuality, last week brought charges against the latest pastor to defy church law by performing a same-sex wedding.
A new, radical surgery offers hope to women who are missing reproductive organs due to birth defects or disease. But that hope comes at a cost and raises the question: How far should doctors go to give women a chance to have children?