During the first week of deliberations at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, delegates considered the critical issue of the future of the confederation.

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.

A popular teacher in Monroe, Michigan, was suspended for showing a "black face" video clip during a lesson on African-American history.

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.

Just as St. Guthlac used his belt to squeeze demons out of Ecgga, Americans can squeeze consolidation out of the federal government by applying the cinch of the Constitution.