Liberal Shift in Virginia Puts Gay Marriage Debate in National SpotlightAlmost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed.
Pope Criticizes Church Emphasis On Abortion, GaysSignaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.
Secretive, Methodical, The So-Called 'One Percent' Occupy Wall Street went after them and now, too, a mismatched pair of heroes are doing the same.
Social Issues Overtake US PoliticsAll of a sudden, abortion, contraception and gay marriage are at the center of American political discourse, with the struggling — though improving — economy pushed to the background.

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