Louisiana Rape Victims Can Be Charged Over $4,200; Gov. Bobby Jindal Orders End to 'Double Victimization'

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order on Monday calling for the immediate revision of the state's rules that determine the eligibility of rape and sexual assault victims looking for state-compensation for medical charges directly relating to their assaults. Jindal called for an end to double victimization of Louisiana rape victims who are often billed thousands of dollars from hospitals for health exams and tests.

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Obama No Longer Believes Marriage Definition Should Be Left to States; Says Constitution Requires Gay Marriage in All 50 States

U.S. President Barack Obama

Although President Barack Obama previously said the definition of marriage should be decided locally, he now believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same same-sex marriage in all states.

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Where Are Social Conservative Groups in the 2014 Election?

As the 2014 congressional midterm elections approach, two social conservative political action committees have focused their election contributions toward a handful of Senate races that are crucial for the GOP's hopes of taking control of the Senate this November.

Sermon Subpoenas: Pastors Under Fire In Houston

Houston Sermon Subpoena Scandal: 5 Things You Need to Know

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."

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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.

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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.

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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.