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Court Rules National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional

April 20

A federal district court in Wisconsin ruled on Thursday that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, a decision that has angered a constitutional law firm that filed an amicus brief defending the National Day of Prayer.
 
The case was filed by The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based group that challenged the constitutionality of a 1988 law giving the president authority to designate the first Thursday in May as National Day of Prayer.

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Middle School Teacher, Anti-Tea Party Activist Put On Leave

April 20

An Oregon middle school teacher whose "Crash the Tea Party" Internet campaign drew national attention has been put on paid leave while school officials investigate whether he used school equipment or time to work on his website.

Beaverton educators were deluged with e-mails and phone messages after Jason Levin's Web page went public earlier this week. On it, Levin encouraged people to infiltrate the Tea Party movement to discredit the conservative activists.

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Finding A Gay-Friendly Campus, Schools New Focus

April 20

The scene was similar to one that plays out thousands of times a year in gyms and auditoriums around the country: a college fair. The folding tables, the school banners, the admissions officers with a student representative or two, and the brochures and tchotchkes laid out. The only thing that might have made this one appear out of the ordinary was the preponderance of handouts with rainbow designs, and the fact that the fair was being held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Greenwich Village. This college fair, and several like it around the country, was devoted to recruiting gay students.

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Judge Overturns Adoption Ban Law

April 20

A state judge on Friday overturned an Arkansas law banning unmarried couples living together from adopting or fostering children, saying the measure infringed on a person's right to privacy.

The law effectively banned gays and lesbians from adopting or fostering children because they are unable to legally marry in Arkansas.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza said in a two-page ruling Friday that people in "non-marital relationships" are forced to choose between becoming a parent and sustaining that relationship.

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11th Circuit Leaning Against Porn Streamed From Homes

April 20

An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel indicated Thursday that the keyhole should be closed on Internet porn sites broadcasting from private residences, saying the sites constitute a business and could violate municipal zoning ordinances.

"We live in the world of reality TV. People will watch anything," said Judge William H. Pyror, one of three judges hearing the city's appeal.

His comments came during oral arguments in the city of Miami's appeal to enforce municipal codes at a two-story colonial home north of downtown Miami used by cocodorm.com, a gay sex site that provides in-home camera feeds to subscribers.

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Romney and Huckabee Now Lead Obama in Potential 2012 Presidential Race

April 20

New polling data from the Public Policy Polling national survey finds four of the potential Republican candidates are now tied with pro-abortion President Barack Obama in preview of the 2012 election. The pro-life movement will be working overtime to support one of the pro-life candidates against Obama due to his extensive pro-abortion record.

Obama trails Mike Huckabee 47% to 45% and Mitt Romney 45% to 44%, the new poling data shows.

The abortion advocate is tied with Newt Gingrich 45% to 45%, and leads Sarah Palin 47% to 45%.

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Christian Students Lead 'Day of Truth' to Promote Dialogue on Sexuality

April 20

Thousands of Christian students are participating in the sixth annual Day of Truth Thursday, a student-led initiative that seeks to encourage peer-level conversations about relationships and biblical sexuality.

The event, sponsored by Exodus International, is a response to the annual Day of Silence, an event created by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) that encourages students to remain silent to show support for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Since the Alliance Defense Fund started the Day of Truth in 2005, more than 13,000 students nationwide have participated.

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