Opponents of New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law will try to get the 2009 statute repealed this year, despite learning that the issue is not on the agenda set by the leaders of the Republican-dominated House of Representatives. The House leadership will focus efforts this year on the state budget, education funding, pension reform, parental rights and the economy, Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt said in announcing the priorities for the new legislative session.

CNNThe Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has launched an online petition in an attempt to force CNN to stop inviting guests to its programs who oppose normalizing the homosexual lifestyle.

On Wednesday, January 12, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee changed its policy for nurse residency applications, one day after the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) on behalf of a nursing student opposed to VU requirements that nursing residents participate in abortions.

The abortion rate in the United States, which had been falling steadily since its high in the early 1980s, has stalled over the past several years, according the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm for America’s leading abortion provider Planned Parenthood. According to Guttmacher’s latest study, the abortion rate remained largely static between 2005 and 2008 at slightly less than 20 abortions per 1,000 women, down from a high in 1981 of more than 29 abortions per 1,000 women.

In its ongoing study of the religious habits and practices of Americans, Gallup has found that seven in ten Americans think faith is losing its influence on the nation, one of the highest findings in Gallup’s history of measuring the religious pulse of the American people, “and significantly higher than in the first half of the past decade,” the pollster reports.

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