The Supreme Court essentially let stand a lower court ruling against California's Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage. Given shifting public attitudes, Prop. 8 seems unlikely to have another political life.
Religion plays a big role in individual and institutional decisions about same-sex marriage. Senior Roman Catholic clerics spoke out Sunday on TV news shows – expressing love and compassion but holding to the church's opposition to gay marriage.
Boy Scouts of America may soon give local troop leaders the power to choose not to discriminate against LBGT scouts, troop leaders, and den mothers — a major change from their previous blanket no-gay policy.
Rick Santorum attacked President Obama in his speech for the GOP convention, repeating a common criticism that Obama has watered down welfare reform. Fact-checkers say the claim is not true, but it fit well into Tuesday's 'We Built It' theme.
With the uproar over his comment on 'legitimate rape,' Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has likely hurt his chances at beating Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in November. Control of the Senate hangs in the balance – and Akin is resisting calls to exit the race.
Some are urging Mitt Romney to be more open about his Mormon faith as a way of humanizing a man who can seem stiff. In his comments about the Colorado shooting rampage, Romney may have taken a step in that direction.
Mitt Romney always has had an uneasy relationship with evangelical Christians and other social conservatives, both on issues and regarding his Mormon religion. In his important commencement speech at Liberty University, he seems to have won them over.