Even as Houston's city council passed an ordinance giving special rights to homosexuals, the city's pro-family and Christian contingency vowed to try to overturn the measure.
Polls are now showing that support for same-sex marriage has grown to more than half of Americans. The changing opinions correspond to a wave of rulings against bans on same-sex "marriages" in a number of states.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who helped dismantle the ban on homosexuals in the military, has suggested that he will work toward the same end in his new position as head of the Boy Scouts.
A pro-family group in England is warning the U.K. to halt its planned legalization of a fertilization procedure that would create "three parent" babies.