Thursday Links

– North Dakota’s governor has signed into law a ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected (which can be as early as 6 weeks). The law will almost certainly face a constitutional challenge, but the conservative group Liberty Counsel has offered to defend the law pro bono.

– A Nevada state legislator has introduced a bill that would legalize betting on federal elections.

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan announced her support for same-sex marriage yesterday, just in time to make it onto’s handy “gay marriage courage-meter.”

– Speaking of same-sex marriage, Amanda Marcotte has collected some of the right’s craziest arguments against gay marriage–including the standard “it will lead to people having sex with children” argument.

5 Religious Leaders Who Gave Up the Faith and Became Outspoken Atheists and Agnostics.

– The website PornMD has compiled internet porn search statistics from various countries as well as all 50 U.S. states, and the results are honestly not the least bit surprising.

German shoe company suspects that USPS is discriminating against it’s “Atheist Shoes” brand, conducts an experiment and finds that packages labeled “Atheist” took on average 3 days longer to arrive and were 10 times as likely to not arrive at all. So what’s going on at the Post Office?

– And finally, the 60 Best Signs Against DOMA and Pop 8 at the Supreme Court.

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