(RNS) Pete Stark, the only openly atheist member of Congress, was defeated Tuesday, but newly elected Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will take his place — representing what atheists, humanists and other nontheists hope is a new wave of nonreligous lawmakers. By Kimberly Winston.
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(RNS) Here's a quick tour of selected state ballot measures from the 2012 elections. By Jeanie Groh.
SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) Victoria Ann Thorpe's sister has been on death row for 18 years for a crime she says she didn't commit. Now Thorpe is leading a grass-roots campaign to abolish the death penalty in Washington state, saying Jesus would never tolerate it. “Nothing that he did or said can be manipulated into harshness,” she said. By Tracy Simmons.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) The appeals court's decision upheld a 2010 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, saying that “although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different classes of people differently.” By David Finnigan.