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Houston Sermon Subpoena Scandal: 5 Things You Need to Know

Sermon Subpoenas: Pastors Under Fire In Houston

Feeling confused about the sermon subpoena scandal? Here are answers to five questions you may have. Q: What happened? A: In May, Houston city government passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) to ban discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Abortion Ad War Gets Ugly: Pro-Life Womens Group Accused of Being 'As Anti-Woman As It Gets,' Compared to Sex Abusers

As the 2014 midterm elections near, pro-life and pro-choice advocacy groups are in the midst of a television advertisement war that has been heating up in recent weeks as one pro-choice group has been attacking pro-life congressional candidates in advertisements that suggest that they are "as anti-woman as it gets."

Annise Parker

Houston Mayor Initiated Subpoenas of Pastors' Sermons, Notes to Congregations Despite Recent 'Back Peddling,' Says Pastor at Center of Battle

Although Houston's mayor, Annise Parker, is now denying she knew about the city's attempt to subpoena the sermons and correspondence with their congregations of five pastors, one of the pastors at the center of the battle says the mayor herself initiated the action in response to a legal battle over a non-discrimination ordinance known as the "Bathroom Bill."

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Supreme Court Blocks Texas' Abortion Law, Allows Clinics to Stay Open Without Safety Upgrades

The United States Supreme Court has issued an order allowing 13 abortion clinics in Texas to stay open, superseding a state law that requires the closure of clinics that fail to meet basic health and safety standards.

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham: 'Activist Judges Are Overturning the Will of the People' in Gay Marriage Rulings

The Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said Monday that "activist judges are overturning the will of the people," when speaking about the 61 percent of North Carolina voters who supported an amendment banning same-sex marriage in their state.


Exploiting Poor Prisoners: $120 Will Only Buy a Tube of Toothpaste in Some Prisons

Advocates for prison inmates and their families are speaking out against a growing network of state prisons across the U.S. that they say are passing on prison revenue costs to the inmates' innocent families and friends. The families are forced to use high-cost, third-party prison banking companies and high-cost phone vendors that share a cut of their profits with state corrections agencies.