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The cross still stands

Religious Liberty | The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Bladensburg cross could curb hostility toward religion
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/25/19, 05:09 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision Thursday in favor of a nearly century-old memorial cross in Bladensburg, Md., signaled that the justices want to leave more room for religion in the public square.

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Unlikely allies give New York women a boost

Family | The state’s effort to repeal its surrogacy ban met bipartisan resistance
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/21/19, 04:33 pm

The New York legislative session ended this week without passing a high-profile measure that would have repealed the state’s ban on paid surrogacy contracts, a surprising turn in a bastion of liberal sexual ethics. Even more surprising was the source of the opposition: conservatives and feminists.

The State Senate passed the measure 40-21 on June 11, but a gridlocked Assembly never brought it to a vote despite 11th-hour pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.

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Medical marijuana no cure for opioid crisis

Compassion | New study finds overdoses went up in states that legalized pot for medical uses
by Charissa Koh
Posted 6/19/19, 02:00 pm

Opioid overdose rates have increased in states where medical marijuana is legal, according to a study that contradicts previous findings released last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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