Defense Secretary Robert Gates is trying to reassure American troops that the lifting by Congress of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban, which prevented open homosexuals from serving in the military, will actually have little impact on the nation’s fighting forces.
The Republican-controlled House Ways and Means Committee has approved a measure that would take away the tax incentive for abortion. H.R. 1232, which is a companion bill to the much lauded “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” sponsored by Representatives Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), passed through the committee on a party-line 22-14 vote on March 31, and now heads to the full House of Representatives.
A bill in Maryland that would legalize homosexual �marriage� appears to be dead for the year, killed in part by efforts from African-American churches committed to defending traditional marriage and family values.
Nevada�s Democratic U.S. Senator, Harry Reid, said his state should close its brothels. Nevada currently is the only state where prostitution is legal and licensed, with the state government overseeing the �industry.�
In its most recent survey of state political climates, the Gallup polling organization has found Mississippi to be the most conservative state in America, with 50.5 percent of its residents identifying themselves as such.
The makers of the “Plan B” abortion pill want to broaden its reach to minors, and are asking the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to give the drug over-the-counter status to girls under 17 years old. As reported by FOX News, “Teva Pharmaceuticals, Plan B’s maker, submitted data from a study in which girls ages 11 to 16 used the drug to prove its effectiveness and safety. Girls under 17 currently need a doctor’s prescription to obtain the drug.”
The Obama administration’s $53-billion high-speed rail proposal, which has attracted a host of critics in the midst of a $14 trillion federal debt crisis, has been quickly rejected by at least three Governors in states where rail projects were already on the drawing table.
While communities across the nation have taken steps over the past year or two to mandate that their public buildings be �smoke free,� the City of New York has taken the anti-smoking crusade one step further. In early February its City Council approved a bill banning smoking in the city�s 1,700 city parks and along its 14 miles of city beaches.
With “don’t ask, don’t tell” scrapped by congressional vote late last year and open homosexuals now free to be all they can be in the armed forces, activists determined to force social change on America’s military have once again turned their efforts toward placing women into combat roles.
Four San Diego firefighters forced by their supervisor to take part in a �gay pride� parade in 2007 have won their case against the city after the California Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court�s decision in their favor.