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"A radical Democratic platform" Continued...

Issue: "Dead heat," Sept. 22, 2012

Brazilian tangle

A maverick public notary in Tupã, Brazil, approved the country's first three-way civil union, but may get a slap on the wrist. In formally registering a "stable union" between a man and two women, Claudia do Nascimento Domingues claimed she hadn't broken any laws, but family lawyers call the union illegal, though the nation has no laws addressing polygamous relationships. One Catholic group said, "The institution of family cannot be defended" as long as officials distort its definition. Brazil's slippery slope should look familiar: Judges in the largely Roman Catholic and evangelical country approved gay civil unions and gay marriages just last year.

Cleared

The University of Texas at Austin found no evidence of scientific misconduct by Mark Regnerus, an associate professor of sociology whose study on the effects of homosexual parenting created controversy when published in June (see "Good deeds punished," Aug. 25). The Regnerus study found that children of homosexual parents fared significantly less well than children of married heterosexual parents. Homosexual activists challenged the study, calling for the inquiry, but the university says it finds no evidence of falsification of data or other unethical practices. As part of the investigation, the university examined Regnerus' computers, email, and grant applications. The university's report states: "None of the allegations of scientific misconduct … were substantiated either by physical data, written materials, or by information provided during the interviews."

Hope Awards

Vote now for the 2012 winner of the Hope Award for Effective Compassion. The five finalists, including our first international selection, have been named. Watch videos, and read about programs that help people find jobs, inner-city kids get a Christian education, boys without dads learn how to be men, and immigrants become part of America. Each of the five finalists will receive $4,000, with the ministry that receives the most votes winning a total of $25,000.

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