State bills on lightning-rod social issues are getting noticeably less impetus this year, as elections loom and state leaders try to attract business investment.
On the northwest coast of Washington State, a community has chosen to live off the grid, some of them for the simplicity and saved money, some for safety.
The practice has been widely condemned, prompting at least nine states to ban its use on minors, but opponents of New Hampshire’s proposed law criticized its language.
Father Gregory Greiten, a priest in Milwaukee, opened up to his parishioners and to readers of a Catholic newspaper about his sexuality, saying role models were needed to say there is nothing wrong with being gay.
This spring, Britain’s Supreme Court will consider whether a bakery could refuse to create a cake celebrating same-sex marriage.
William Nathan Mathis, whose daughter committed suicide in 1995, said that he opposed the Republican candidate Roy Moore because of his remarks about gay men and lesbians.