same-sex marriage ban

Virginia News Stand: April 3, 2009

Topping the news today is the Iowa Supreme Court's decision to void that state's same-sex marriage ban. We'll have a little more to say in a subsequent post. Topping the political news is the confirmation by Senator Ken Stolle (R-8, Virginia Beach) of the speculation that he will run for Virginia Beach sheriff this year. What came as a surprise was his announcement that he suffers from Parkinson's Disease. We'll also comment on his political decision in a subsequent post. We can't go too far without tooting our horn: Two national news organizations mention us and our role in the successful effort to get the benefits of marriage taught as part of Virginia public schools' Family Life Education curriculum (see here). Those stories top the news section.  

A few interesting others to point out: The commentary on "spineless" pastors who won't speak out on the major cultural issues of the day; and articles about a bill in Congress that would prohibit abortion based on sex and race; how churches are doing more charitable work now than ever — for non-parishioners; and how financial supporters to the California Marriage Amendment campaign are getting targeted . . . ah, yes . . . yet more tolerance in the Age of Obama. 


*Virginia Gov. Approves Law Requiring Schools to Teach Benefits of Marriage (The Christian

*Virginia To Teach Students Benefits of Marriage ( Blog)

Stolle confirms he'll run for sheriff, says he has Parkinson's (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

VDOT bonuses, salary increases assailed, defended (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

'More toll roads,' says Va. House speaker (Washington Times)

State's Economic Problems Emerge as Major Force in Campaign(Washington Post)

Huckabee and McAuliffe in war of words (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Gubernatorial hopeful McAuliffe calls for a payday-lending ban; other Democrats follow suit (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

State GOP chairman faces crucial party showdown (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

National News:

Iowa court: Ban on same-sex 'marriage' unconstitutional(

Prop. 8 supporters persecuted for donations (

Abortion based on race, gender labeled 'barbaric' (

Churches Do More Good Now Than Ever ( Blog)

Bill Lets Moms-To-Be Kill To Save Baby (KOCO-TV)


The silent, spineless clergy (