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Issue: "Boston Terrorthon," May 4, 2013

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Renowned surgeon Ben Carson withdrew April 10 from speaking at Johns Hopkins University commencement ceremonies in May after students circulated a petition to have him removed for speaking out against gay marriage. 

“My presence is likely to distract from the true celebratory nature of the day,” Carson, 61, wrote in an email to Paul Rothman, dean of the Johns Hopkins medical school. “Commencement is about the students and their successes, and it is not about me.”

Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, has made frequent media appearances after speaking at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in February. He has been outspoken in his support for traditional marriage but apologized for “poorly chosen words” in an interview with Fox News: He said neither gays, pedophiles, nor those who believe in bestiality are allowed to change the definition of marriage. 

Carson, author of three best-selling books and recipient of the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, announced at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month that he is stepping down from his position at Johns Hopkins later this year. Some observers speculate he may run for public office. 

Gay marriage momentum 

In France, this year’s mass demonstrations against homosexual marriage weren’t enough to stop the country’s slouch toward gay rights. On April 12 the French Senate approved a contentious gay marriage bill, ensuring its passage to law as soon as Parliament reviews final amendments in coming weeks. The legislation will allow gay couples to marry and adopt children, although opinions on those issues are evenly split in the traditionally Roman Catholic nation. “You’re disrupting the civil code,” a senator opposing the bill told fellow lawmakers.

The French vote came one day after lawmakers in Uruguay approved their own gay marriage bill, which Uruguayan president José Mujica was expected to sign. Together, France and Uruguay bring to 13 the number of countries giving nationwide recognition to homosexual marriages.

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