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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Becomes 23rd State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

LOCAL | By EDGE | Jun 21
New York has become the newest state to legalize medical marijuana, after the Senate passed a bill on June 20 that allows cannabis to be prescribed in non-smokeable form only.

Courtney Snowden

Snowden Jumps into At-Large Race

POLITICS | By John Riley | Jun 20
Courtney Snowden, the former president of DC Black Pride and a local political and LGBT rights activist, announced Monday she plans to enter the race for one of two at-large seats on the D.C. Council this November.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Christie Cites His Anti-Abortion Credentials

POLITICS | By Steve Peoples | Jun 20
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday declared his opposition to abortion, confronting religious conservative critics hours before the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate planned to campaign in New Hampshire.

Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri

Texas GOP Chairman Rejects Party’s Policy on Conversion Therapy

Rifts continued to form in the Texas Republican Party this week when state GOP chairman Steve Munisteri went on the record rejecting the party’s recently adopted plank language condoning gay conversion therapy.

Sen. Rand Paul

Rand Paul Defends ’Unborn’ in Courting Evangelicals

POLITICS | By Steve Peoples | Jun 20
Describing a nation "in a full-blown spiritual crisis," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday vowed to fight against abortion for the rest of his political career.

Sen. Jason Rapert

Ark. Senator to Try for Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution

A state senator upset with the possibility of gay marriages in Arkansas has lodged a protest over a procedural move that kept his proposal against same-sex marriage from coming to a vote last month.

Rick Perry: ’I Stepped Right In It’ Regarding Oops Moment Linking Gays to Alcoholics

After a week of occupying numerous headlines and debates over a statement made likening homosexuality to alcoholism, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) appears to be backing away from the hot button social issue and diverting attention to the economy.

Obama Moves to Ensure Sick Leave for Gay Couples

POLITICS | By Josh Lederman | Jun 20
The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday.

Christie Joins GOP Courtship of Evangelicals

POLITICS | By Steve Peoples | Jun 20
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is joining the parade of ambitious Republicans courting religious conservatives as the early jockeying for the next presidential contest intensifies.

In this June 13, 2013, file photo, Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, speaks at the Road to Majority Conference luncheon in Washington.

Republicans: Obama Must Defend Christian Values

RELIGION | By Steve Peoples | Jun 19
Leading Republicans on Thursday insisted that America’s leaders must do more to defend Christian values at home and abroad, blaming President Barack Obama for attacks on religious freedom