As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments Tuesday that could wind up legalizing gay marriage nationwide, dozens of Christian leaders have issued a call to civil authorities to preserve "the unique meaning of marriage in the law" -- but also to "protect the rights of those with differing views of marriage."
Global Sisters Report: The plight of women and children seeking asylum in the U.S. is drawing increasing attention, fueled on the inside by a hunger strike and fast.
The U.S. Senate reached a compromise Tuesday on a measure to help victims of sex trafficking that had been held up by lawmakers pushing to include funding for abortion.
The compromise has cleared the Senate to vote for Loretta Lynch's confirmation as attorney general.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had postponed her nomination vote until the trafficking issue was resolved.
The United States is hardly alone when it comes to organized attempts to debunk the widely accepted science saying the Earth's climate is warming due to human activity.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds: There's no turning back.
In a nationwide USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, those surveyed say by 51 percent-35 percent that it's no longer practical for the Supreme Court to ban same-sex marriages because so many states have legalized them.
One reason for a transformation in public views on the issue: Close to half say they have a gay or lesbian family member or close friend who is married to someone of the same sex.
We say: The agreement with Iran is a practical, common-sense approach with the right kinds of carrots and sticks to keep all sides motivated and engaged.
More than a dozen states, plus the District of Columbia, are considering controversial medically assisted death legislation this year.
The laws would allow mentally fit, terminally ill patients age 18 and older whose doctors say they have six months or less to live to request lethal drugs.
Oregon was the first state to implement its Death with Dignity Act in 1997 after voters approved the law in 1994, and four other states -- Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington -- now allow for medically assisted death.
It is interesting, and sometimes instructive, to know the religious backgrounds of presidential candidates.
Faith and Justice: The U.S. Catholic bishops could take a lesson from Mormon leaders on how to deal with religious liberty and gay rights.
Eco Catholic: The Vatican announced plans Wednesday to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming.