Wary, Weary or Both, Southern Lawmakers Tone Down Culture Wars

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.

The Look: Somewhere, Away From It All

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.

Measure to Ban Discredited ‘Conversion Therapy’ Fails in New Hampshire

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.

A Catholic Priest in Wisconsin Reveals a Secret: ‘I Am Gay’

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.

Sidebar: Across the Atlantic, Another Supreme Court Case on Cake and Gay Rights

This spring, Britain’s Supreme Court will consider whether a bakery could refuse to create a cake celebrating same-sex marriage.

At an Alabama Rally, a Father’s Grief Over His Gay Daughter

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.