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The Roman Catholic Church inserted itself more aggressively into the fight against same-sex marriage in Maine, where the bishop of Portland asked the diocese to take a special collection this weekend to benefit Stand for Marriage Maine, the campaign to overturn the new marriage equality law through a November ballot initiative.

8:45 AM

Former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II (pictured) of Massachusetts said on Sunday that he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by his uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who died of brain cancer last month. The announcement is expected to break the field of Democratic contenders wide open and lead to a hotly contested race.

8:05 AM

South Carolina lieutenant governor Andre Bauer dismissed widespread rumors that he is gay on Friday, telling a Charleston news station that the persistent question about his sexual orientation is “silly.”

During an interview, WCBD-TV news anchor Carolyn Murray asked Bauer why he bothered to respond to the rumors -- the lieutenant governor has denied being gay. Bauer replied that he wanted to make sure the speculation did not linger, so that he could advance state business and “not continue to dwell on some silly question in the first place.”

7:25 AM

Andrew Alexander, ombudsman of The Washington Post, waded into
the controversy sparked by the newspaper’s recent profile of National
Organization for Marriage executive director Brian Brown (pictured),
saying that the story published on August 28 “fell short” because of “a
storytelling concept, a writing technique, and a bad headline.”

September 07 2009 9:25 AM

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman was arrested Sunday on charges that he choked and attacked his girlfriend, bisexual reality TV star Tila "Tequila" Nguyen, as she tried to leave his home.

September 07 2009 2:40 AM

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani toyed with speculation that he might run for governor on Sunday, telling David Gregory, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, that he would likely make a decision after the current campaign season ends in November.

September 06 2009 7:20 PM

One Life to Live actress Patricia Mauceri says she was axed from the soap earlier this year because her religious beliefs were at odds with a planned gay story line.

September 06 2009 3:00 PM
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