It's a fairly quiet morning, but here's some articles we're watching today.
-- Vermont began allowing same-sex marriages yesterday. To mark the occasion, Ben & Jerry's changed its “Chubby Hubby” ice cream to “Hubby Hubby” during September. In case you were wondering, the flavor combines peanut butter cookie dough ice cream, fudge and pretzels.
-- Alliance Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Idaho public charter school, claiming the state illegally barred use of the Bible as a teaching material. According to the Associated Press, the school had planned to use the Bible as a primary source of teaching material, but not to teach religion.
-- A a federal agency announced yesterday that President Obama's "United We Serve" initiative has made August 31 through September 6 as "Interfaith Service Week." The press release states that in Orlando, college Jewish students from Hillel, the Hindu Students Association, Muslim Students Association will join evangelical students from Joel Hunter's Northland Church as part of a September 6 project to help the homeless.
-- Bloggers are buzzing about Levi Johnston's latest claim in Vanity Fair that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wanted to adopt Bristol Palin and Johnston's son.
Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret—nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant. She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him. That way, she said, Bristol and I didn’t have to worry about anything. Sarah kept mentioning this plan. She was nagging—she wouldn’t give up.
Politico's Ben Smith points out that it contradicts Johnston's previous statements.
KING: Levi, was abortion ever considered?
L. JOHNSTON: No.
KING: Giving up for adoption ever considered?
L. JOHNSTON: Oh, no.
KING: When the two of you talked and the baby, Tripp, was born, was there ever a thought that you would not be the -- I mean not be the active father of that child?
L. JOHNSTON: No.