Here's what we are reading today.

  • "Mass. challenges federal Defense of Marriage Act," Martin Finucane, The Boston Globe (July 8, 2009)
  • "Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, has become the first to challenge the constitutionality of a federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, saying Congress intruded into a matter that should be left to individual states.

  • "Scientists claim sperm 'first'," Fergus Walsh, BBC News (July 7, 2009)
  • "This research also raises ethical issues. Josephine Quintavalle from Comment on Reproductive Ethics (Corethics) said: "This is an example of immoral madness. Perfectly viable human embryos have been destroyed in order to create sperm over which there will be huge questions of their healthiness and viability.

    "It's taking one life in order to perhaps create another. I'm very much in favour of curing infertility but I don't think you can do whatever you like."

  • "Could Abortion Coverage Sink Health-Care Reform?," Karen Tumulty, Time (July 8, 2009)
  • "Gay marriage foes reach signature goal in Maine," Associated Press (July 8, 2009)
  • "Mark Mutty from the Stand for Marriage Maine coalition says it took only four weeks to gather the more than 55,087 signatures necessary to put gay marriage to a vote. But he says signature gathering will continue to ensure theres more than enough petitions."

  • "School district shapes religious policy," Associated Press (July 8, 2009)
  • "Spencer public school officials are proposing a policy that will allow students to study the Bible and pray during graduation ceremonies.

    The proposal, if adopted, will have schools offer elective classes that permit arguments against evolution and discussions on the Bible in history and literature. School officials say they want to set clear rules for religious expression."

  • "Cerebral Palsy Improves After Bone Marrow Stem Cell Procedure," PR Newswire (July 8, 2009)
  • "Dr. David Steenblock of Mission Viejo, California, a pioneer in clinical applications of stem cells, is pleased to report the results of a 16 year old girl who suffered from cerebral palsy. The patient had right side paralysis and spasticity since birth. The procedure consisted of removing 300 milliliters of bone marrow from her hip and giving it back to her intravenously."