President Obama, who has declared that his views on marriage are “evolving,” has come out in opposition to Minnesota’s proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman. The voter initiative, passed by the state legislature in May 2011 and set for the November ballot, reads: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.”
According to the latest numbers from the federal government’s National Center for Health Statistics, [the birth rate among American teens is at its lowest since the mid 1940s. Officials with the reporting agency, part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), credited “strong pregnancy prevention messages” for the decrease, and added that use of contraceptives “may have contributed.”
A federal judge in Minnesota has ruled that a man who “transitioned” to the female gender through a “sex change” procedure is eligible to be carried under the health insurance of the man he “married” in 2005. As reported by the American Independent, “The judge said that because one person is male and the other legally transitioned to female, the couple qualifies as legally married under the state’s Defense of Marriage Act. The case hinged on the marriage of Christine and Calvin Radtke. The two were married in July 2005 in Goodhue County in southeastern Minnesota. Calvin works for United Parcel Service and enrolled himself and his wife in his union’s health plan. Christine had legally transitioned from male to female several years earlier.”
According to Fox News, the newly-released pro-life movie October Baby “earned the second-highest-per-screen average” last weekend — behind The Hunger Games — grossing $1.7 million, for 8th place overall. Considering the competition, and that it opened in only 390 theaters, this is a remarkable feat.
Director Jon Erwin (left) stated, “Here is our little film, small budget, in the top ten [at the box office]. We are thrilled, blown away.”
Five more top officials with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity have resigned, in the continuing turmoil surrounding the foundation's decision earlier this year to cut funding to Planned Parenthood following strong pressure from pro-life groups. That funding to the nation's largest abortion provider — almost $700,000 last year — was restored three days later. Now three top executives have stepped down from their posts at Komen's Dallas headquarters, as well as two CEOs of the state organizations in New York and Oregon.