A civil jury in Miami awarded a record $100 million to Andres Sousana, who alleged that he was drugged and raped by a Roman Catholic priest when he was 14 years old. Reverend Neil Doherty, who is currently retired, awaits a criminal trial in jail.
Jeff Herman, Sousana's attorney in the case stated, "It sets a standard. Now we know what a jury thinks about these cases. No. 2, it sends a message that we hope will protect other children."
In total, 26 people have accused Doherty of sexual abuse. According to the Miami New Times, 36 priests have been accused of sexually abusing minors in the Archdiocese of Miami.
Media Resources: USA Today 11/11/11; Associated Press 11/10/11; Miami New Times 11/10/11
5/27/2015 California Passes Reproductive FACT Act - The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday.
AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers. . . .
5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage.
Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .