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June 2013

Scalia Warned in Lawrence v. Texas Dissent That Striking Down Sodomy Laws Would Lead to Gay Marriage

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The Supreme Court avoided a ruling on California's Proposition 8 case Wednesday, which cleared the way for gay marriage to resume in California, making it the 13th state (plus the District of Columbia) where same-sex marriage is legal.

[ READ: SCOTUS Rules on Gay Marriage 10 Years After Sodomy ...

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Scalia, Antonin
LGBT rights
Supreme Court

Comments by Rep. Michael Burgess About Fetuses Masturbating Not Based in Science, Doctors Say

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Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said Monday he is opposed to abortion because fetuses masturbate in the womb, and so can feel both pleasure and pain.

"Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful," said Burgess, citing his experience as an OB/GYN, during a House ...

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House of Representatives
women's health

Republican Committee Confuses 'Game of Thrones' With 'Lord of the Rings' in Parody Web Game

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The third season of "Game of Thrones" is over, but Republican fans of the fantasy television show can keep the "War of the Five Kings" going with a new game from the National Republican Committee: "Game of Dems."

[READ: 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Finale: Family Matters]

The parody game targets four ...

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National Republican Congressional Committee
Republican Party