Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
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Feds end Jim West investigation
SPOKANE, Wash. – The U.S. Justice Department has ended a nine-month public corruption investigation of former Mayor Jim West without bringing criminal charges, a prosecutor said.
The limited investigation found insufficient evidence that West offered paid jobs or internships, in exchange for sex, to men he met in an online chat room, an assistant U.S. attorney from Seattle who served as special prosecutor told a news conference Feb. 16.
West was recalled from office in December by 65 percent of the voters.
Judge: lesbian can be foster parent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Social Services improperly denied a woman’s application to become a foster parent because she is a lesbian, a judge ruled Feb. 17.
The American Civil Liberties Union, acting on behalf of Lisa Johnston, had challenged the denial and the Jackson County Circuit judge upheld the challenge after hearing testimony in November.
The Department of Social Services said it planned to appeal the ruling.
Bishops request gay adoption exemption
BOSTON – Gov. Mitt Romney and a top legislative leader say a request by the state’s four Roman Catholic bishops to exempt Catholic social service agencies from having to place adoptive children with gay households is unlikely to be granted.
Romney told The Boston Globe he was not authorized to give such an exemption, while State Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty said there would be little support among lawmakers to offer an exemption from the state’s antidiscrimination laws.
The bishops are planning to hire a Boston law firm to explore legal and political strategies for opting out of placing children with gay parents.
The bishops’ plan appears to be at odds with the 42-member board of Catholic Charities, which voted unanimously in December to continue the practice of allowing gays to adopt.
Willie Nelson releases homage to gay cowboys
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music outlaw Willie Nelson released a very different sort of cowboy anthem on Valentine’s Day.
“Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)” may be the first gay cowboy song by a major recording artist.
Available exclusively through iTunes, the song features choppy Tex-Mex style guitar runs and Nelson’s deadpan delivery of lines like, “What did you think all them saddles and boots was about?” and “Inside every cowboy there’s a lady who’d love to slip out.”
According to Nelson’s record label, Lost Highway, he recorded it last year at his Pedernales studio in Texas.