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FILE- In this June 26, 2013, file photo, gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage. The cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will be argued April 28, and a decision is expected by early summer.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Adults with gay parents say same-sex marriage isn't good for kids

By Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times

A group of adults who oppose gay marriage even though they were raised by gay, lesbian or transgender parents filed briefs with the Supreme Court Friday in hopes that their real-life experiences will dissuade the justices from legalizing the nuptials nationwide. Published March 27, 2015

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President Barack Obama walks out of the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015, to board Marine One on the South Lawn for a short trip to Andrews Air Force base Md., before traveling to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham to speak about the economy. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Pope Francis to visit White House Sept. 23

Catholic News Agency

U.S. officials have confirmed that Pope Francis will make a stop at the White House to meet with President Obama on Sept. 23, during his trip to the United States for the World Meeting of Families.

**FILE** A "sold" sign is shown in front of an Indiana home. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy/File)

4 tips to help you buy an affordable home

- Deseret News

If you would like to buy a home, the following ideas will help you get the most for your money without using most of your money!

FILE - In this undated file photo, provided by the Longmont Police Department shows Dynel Lane, 34, who is accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist authorities said. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney's Office, said Thursday, March 26, 2015, that Lane will not be charged with murder in the baby's death. (AP Photo/ Longmont Police Department, File)

Fetus debate looms following charges in womb-cutting case

- Associated Press

Colorado Republicans on Friday vowed to reopen a charged debate over a fetus' legal rights after prosecutors said they could not file homicide charges against a woman who allegedly cut an unborn child from her mother's belly.

In this Dec. 7, 2012 photo provided by Derrica Hamilton is an exhibit at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Mich. The museum is sending its exhibition about one of the earliest Arab-American settlements to Ellis Island. The exhibit, titled "Little Syria," documents the once-thriving Lower Manhattan neighborhood home to many Arabs during the immigration wave of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (AP Photo/Derrica Hamilton)

Museum's 'Little Syria' exhibit going to Ellis Island

- Associated Press

The Arab American National Museum is sending its exhibition about one of the earliest Arab-American settlements to Ellis Island, the same place where many of those immigrants first set foot in the U.S.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson walks to a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, March 26, 2015. Hutchinson said Thursday he would sign into law a religious protection measure that opponents have said would open the door to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas Senate approves religious protection bill

- Associated Press

Arkansas inched closer Friday toward becoming the second state this year to adopt a law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, with the state Senate approving a religious protection bill.

Gov. Doug Ducey talks about his budget before it's release at the Executive Tower in Phoenix on Friday,  Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans) ** FILE **

Arizona Legislature OKs pro-life abortion measure

- Associated Press

Arizona lawmakers approved legislation that requires abortion providers to tell women they may be able to stop a drug-induced abortion, and bars women from buying health care plans through the federal marketplace that includes coverage for elective abortions.

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2012 file photo, California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Three weeks after announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate,  Harris hasn't spoken a word, a strategy that has allowed her to avoid media scrutiny while carefully setting a foundation for the 2016 contest. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Anti-gay initiative puts California attorney general in bind

- Associated Press

A California lawyer with an idea that has been called offensive, outrageous, reprehensible and illegal is putting the century-old process that gives citizens the right to make laws at the ballot box to its latest test.

Pablo Blanco, right, stands next to the memorial site for victims of the March 25, 1990, Happy Land social club fire, during an interview, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in the Bronx borough of New York. Blanco, whose favorite uncle was among the 87 victims of an arsonist, will join a memorial Mass and vigil at the site to mark the 25th anniversary of what was then the biggest mass murder in modern U.S. history. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Families mark 25th anniversary of N.Y. club fire that killed 87

- Associated Press

Family members and friends of victims gathered at a vigil Wednesday night to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a Bronx social club fire that killed almost 90 people. At the time, it was the biggest mass murder in U.S. history.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responds to a question during a news conference Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Scottsburg, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) ** FILE **

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs religious liberty law

- Associated Press

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Thursday a religious-protection bill similar to one in federal law and 19 states. Some convention organizers and business leaders opposed it amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people.

"Do You Believe?" is a movie described as "Crash" for Christians. The film offers a cast of big stars and bigger expectations.

Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd, Brian Bosworth discuss 'Do You Believe' faith film

Billed as "Crash" for the Christian crowd, the faith-based film "Do You Believe?" from Pure Flix Entertainment — the company behind last year's megasuccess "God's Not Dead," which cost just $2 million to make but grossed $62 million — offers a cast of big stars and bigger expectations.

In this Monday, March 16, 2015 photo, Hannah Billings, 8, left, and Avery Ramos, 4, pet a cat held by humane educator Samantha Taubel at the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA spring kids camp in Phoenix. Thousands of youngsters from 6 to 17 will attend similar summer camps this year at hundreds of animal shelters across the country. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Animal shelters let kids cozy up to pets at summer camps

- Associated Press

Children who love to dance, act or play sports have summer camps specialized just for them. But many parents don't realize that kids who are passionate about pets can have the same immersive experience.

Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children

- Associated Press

Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him - his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language that now is teetering on the edge of extinction.

Iran film portrays the Prophet Muhammad, drawing criticism

- Associated Press

Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it.

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Illustration on the lack of U.S abortion data by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unhealthy state of abortion statistics

Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are "safe." Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about "abortion safety" unreliable.

FILE - In this  July 27, 2005 file photo, a temple to the Shamash sun god still stands over 1,750 years after the Sassanian empire razed the Mesopotamian city of Hatra, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's minister of tourism and antiquities told The Associated Press, Saturday, March 7, 2015, that the government is investigating reports that the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northwestern Iraq is being demolished by militants from the Islamic State group. The group has already looted artifacts from Nimrud, another ancient archaeological site, on Friday and bulldozed it in a move UNESCO deemed "a war crime." (AP Photo/Antonio Castaneda, File)

Islam bulldozes the past

The ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims.

Illustration on love, forgiveness and racial harmony by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The power of forgiveness

Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That's why what happened last week on "The Kelly File," Megyn Kelly's Fox News program, was so remarkable.

Ten Commandments Loom Over the Capitol Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A capitol challenge to earthly power

In a time when the most basic truths and institutions are under relentless attack, it should hearten many to know that a gargantuan cultural counterstrike is taking shape in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol dome.

Freedom yes, redefining marriage no

By an almost 2-1 margin, Americans in a recent poll declared they agree that "States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn't force all 50 states to redefine marriage."

Phyllis Schlafly Portrait Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Applauding an elegant conservative

Recently, I was temporarily placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's watch list for extremism simply because I vocally support traditional marriage. I remember thinking: When did advocating for lifelong love between one man and one woman become a hate crime? Fortunately, the group saw the folly of its ways and apologized, removing me from the list.

Victory at all Costs Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The face of evil

The graphic pictures of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS, were chilling and raised doubts about the humanity of the Islamic terrorists capable of such barbarism. This coupled with beheadings and crucifixions gives us a better understanding of the evil we, along with the rest of the world, are facing.

Failing Welfare Programs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failing legacy of the ‘Great Society’

It is Black History Month, and as people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that "more can be done" to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.

In this March 7, 1965 file photo, tear gas fumes fill the air as state troopers, ordered by Alabama Gov. George Wallace, break up a demonstration march in Selma, on what is known as Bloody Sunday. A new march, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., began March 21 and arrived in Montgomery on March 25, with the crowd swelling to 25,000 by the time they reached the Capitol. The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the hit movie, "Selma" that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to this historic Alabama city. (AP Photo, File)

Selma is among holy places in America

- Deseret News

There are places that are holy in American history: Gettysburg and Shiloh. Lexington and Concord. Ground Zero in Manhattan. To this list, Americans need to add Selma, Alabama.