Texas Senate OKs bill allowing clergy to refuse gay marriage
Will Weissert, Associated Press
The Texas Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to allow clergy members to refuse performing marriages that violate their religious beliefs, as top Republicans move to further shield the nation’s largest conservative state from a possible US Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.
Push to End Prison Rapes Loses Earlier Momentum
Deborah Sontag, New York Times
With May 15 marking the second annual reporting deadline, advocates for inmates and half of the members of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, a bipartisan group charged with drafting the standards, say the plodding pace of change has disheartened them despite pockets of progress.
Modest Conscience Protections in Louisiana Elicit Hysteria
Adam J. MacLeod, Public Discourse
The Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act is timely, necessary, and well-justified. If passed, it will help preserve the State of Louisiana’s commitment to freedoms of conscience, religion, and expression.
Can Economists Measure Society’s Self-Absorption?
Marc Bain, The Atlantic
Though it’s hard to define and record, the amount of money spent worldwide on vanity purchases is larger than the GDP of Germany, and it’s growing much faster than other markets.