Biology and technology have combined to create treatments and life-saving measures that were unprecedented a few decades ago. These powerful measures have also created ethical issues we clearly have not fully thought through.
A probate judge in Washington County, AL, filed a petition for a protective order with the Alabama Supreme Court to safeguard himself from legal action for denying marriage licenses to homosexuals. Judge Nick Williams has stopped issuing licenses and tells the court that he feels his liberty is at immediate risk, especially after the incarceration of Kentucky clerk Kim David.
A North Texas high school junior who loves his ROTC program was suspended for wearing an American flag T-shirt!
California Governor Jerry Brown has a bill on his desk awaiting his signature that will allow terminally ill people to obtain a prescription to hasten their death. California would be the fifth American state to authorize the practice. Gov. Brown has not indicated his position on the matter.
The California Senate approved the measure 23–14, with the Assembly approving it by a 44–35 vote.