Monica Mares, a 36-year-old Clovis, New Mexico, mother and her 19-year-old son, Caleb Peterson, whom she recently reunited with after she gave him up for adoption when she was just 16, are now fighting for the right to maintain their sexual relationship "just like the gays" after they were arrested and charged with incest.
Mares and Peterson could each face up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted, according to the Clovis News Journal. But her son believes if consenting gay adults are allowed to have sexual relationships without fear of the law, he and his mother should be allowed to live in peace as well.
"We are both consenting adults. If it comes down to it, it's just like the gays. As long as they're over 18 everything is fine. So I thought … I'm 19, she's and adult, I'm an adult, I can make my own decision. I never thought it would blow up like this. Honestly, if it wasn't that strong we would not be together," Peterson told the Daily Mail in a recent interview. more >>
California State Senator Ricardo Lara announced that he will be dropping a provision from a bill that critics warned would have curbed the religious exemption rights of private schools.
Senator Lara recently introduced Senate Bill 1146, which among other things would have made it easier for LGBT students of religious colleges to sue the schools for upholding traditional Christian teachings on gender and sexuality.
In a statement published in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Lara explained that while he supports protecting LGBT students of religious schools, he is aware that certain "unintended consequences" may come from his bill. more >>
Two pairs of lesbian couples are suing New Jersey in order to get insurance coverage for their artificial insemination operations.
Erin and Marianne Krupa and Sarah Mills and her partner Gloria Torres filed suit earlier this month against New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Richard Badolato.
"This civil rights case is about family and the right of all New Jersey women who dream of becoming mothers to access the reproductive healthcare they need to realize that dream on an equal basis, regardless of their sexual orientation," reads the lawsuit. more >>
An academic book that suggests the moral status of pedophilia is unclear, has some prominent social conservatives saying that we are now on a familiar, troubling path toward normalization of things once considered unthinkable.
Prominent defenders of traditional marriage highlighted on their social media pages Sunday a book called Pedophilia and Adult-Child Sex: A Philosophical Analysis by Stephen Kershnar, who is a professor and chair the philosophy department at State University of New York at Fredonia. The 168-page work, which was released last year and recently came to the attention of conservatives, examines the moral status of sexual relationships between adults and children, explores whether those who engage in that kind of sex "have a disease, act wrongly, or are vicious," and engages the surrounding legal issues.
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield describes the book on its website as thus: "This book provides a philosophical analysis of adult–child sex and pedophilia. This sex intuitively strikes many people as sick, disgusting, and wrong. The problem is that it is not clear whether these judgments are justified and whether they are aesthetic or moral. By analogy, many people find it disgusting to view images of obese people having sex, but it is hard to see what is morally undesirable about such sex: here the judgment is aesthetic." more >>
The Christian family of Republican Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab attended a worship service just hours before the lawmaker's 10-year-old son, Caleb, was decapitated on the Verrückt slide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas on Sunday.
While details about what happened at the park are still emerging as state officials investigate, close family friends told The Kansas City Star on Monday that the family attended the LifeMission Church in Olathe where they are members on Sunday morning and had debated whether or not they should go to the water park afterwards.
They were concerned, said the report, because of the cool weather, early clouds and a forecast for possible rain. When the sun came out, however, Scott and his wife, Michele, decided to take Caleb and his three other brothers to the water park for a day when admission was free to families of elected officials in the area. more >>
After breaking a number of National Football League records during his 20-year playing career, legendary Green Bay Packers gunslinger Brett Favre was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last Saturday.
Favre, who holds the record for most regular season wins as a quarterback and owns or shares over 140 NFL records, was enshrined in the same hall as other quarterbacking legends in Canton, Ohio, this past weekend with quite a number of cheeseheads in attendance at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
"Thank you. I'm not surprised one bit at the Packer fans here," the 46-year-old Favre said in his acceptance speech. "This is incredible, incredible. So I thank you. Thank you, Canton. Thank you, Hall of Fame. Thank you Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior." more >>