· Despite a personal appeal by the Legislature's first and only openly gay member, the Alabama House voted against adding sexual orientation to the state's hate crimes laws. Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) said she has been targeted by hate speech and often worries someone will assault her because she is lesbian. The vote was 43-45, largely on party lines, and no Republicans voted for the bill. Two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed legislation to add sexual orientation to federal hate crimes laws.
· The owner of several Alabama adult stores asks the Supreme Court to throw out a state ban on selling sex toys.
· Infamous heiress-turned-bank robber Patricia Hearst denies she is giving fellow heiress Paris Hilton advice on her upcoming jail time: "I must say that my heart goes out to the inmates of the Century Regional Detention Center. Forty-five days with Paris Hilton and the attendant publicity seems like cruel and unusual punishment to me."
· Twelve year old girl and her grandparents sue the Chicago Board of Education, claiming "psychological distress" after a teacher screens Brokeback Mountain to the 8th grade class.
· Finally, the latest on Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), the outed anti-gay congressman whose aides are implicated in vote fraud. The baby-faced congressman's Wikipedia entry has been updated to reflect his (extracurricular) interests.