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St. Louis Archbishop Not Sure If He Knew Sex With Children Was A Crime: WATCH

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The Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert J. Carlson, claims he does not know if he knew sex with children was a crime and that he does not know when he learned it was a crime, according to video of his recent deposition released June 9.

The St. Louis Post-Distpatch reports that the deposition was taken "as part of a sexual abuse lawsuit in Minnesota involving the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona, Minn. The plaintiff in the case, only identified as “Doe 1,” claims to have been abused in the 1970s by the Rev. Thomas Adamson at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park, Minn."

From the video:

Attorney: Archbishop, you knew it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid. 

Carlson: Umm, I'm not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not. I understand today it's a crime. 

A: When did you first discern that it was a crime for an adult to engage in sex with a kid?

C: I don't remember. 

A: When did you first discern that it was a crime for a priest to engage in sex with a kid who he had under his control?

C: I don't remember that either. 

A: Do you have any doubt in your mind that you knew that in the 70's?

C: I don't remember if I did or if I didn't. 

A: In 1984 you are...an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul in Minneapolis, you knew it was a crime then, right?

C: I'm not sure if I did or didn't. 

The Post-Dispatch reported on evidence that shows, however, that Carlson did know it was a crime then: 

In a 1984 document, for example, Carlson wrote to the then archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John R. Roach, about one victim of sexual abuse and mentioned that the statute of limitations for filing a claim would not expire for more than two years. He also wrote that the parents of the victim were considering reporting the incident to the police.

In another part of the deposition, Carlson says he knew it was a crime for a priest to touch the genitals of a child. Despite this, he says he never reported cases of sexual abuse that came before him—instead encouraging parents to report them on at least one occasion.

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Michael Sam on His Teammates: ‘They Respect Me As A Human Being and As A Football Player’

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USA Today takes a look at how Michael Sam has been holding up in NFL preseason training and how he is fitting in with his fellow teammates on the St. Louis Rams. 

"He's learning his role here. We've got such a deep D-line, he's going to fight for his position," [defensive end Robert] Quinn said. "He gives it 110% while he's out here. He wants to learn his playbook, wants to help his team win.

"He's a football player here. That's all that really matters." […]

The Rams also brought Wade Davis, a former NFL player and executive director of the You Can Play Project advocacy group for gay and lesbian athletes, in shortly after the draft to talk with Rams players about having a gay teammate.

Sam said he appreciated the gesture, though he didn't think it was necessary.

"They respect me as a human being and as a football player," he said of his St. Louis teammates.

Sam said with all the past attention and media spotlight, it’s a welcome change to be seen as just another rookie vying for one of the 53 spots on the final roster at the end of preseason.

He added: "I thought our defensive line at Mizzou was pretty tough. This is a whole new level. I've got to up my game."


Missouri College Refuses to Re-enroll Student Who Came Out as Gay Since He 'Misused God's Gift'

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Chase Martinson was halfway through his studies at Hannibal-LaGrange University when health issues forced him to take a break. When he reapplied the school said it wouldn't accept him.

Why? Because during the time he was on a break, he came out as a gay man.

The Riverfront Times reports:

Martinson reapplied to Hannibal-LaGrange, a small school about 120 miles north of St. Louis, a few months ago, quickly getting an acceptance letter and even a note saying he was eligible for the honors program. Everything was on track -- until the next letter came, putting his application on hold:

"Admittance is open to academically and morally qualified students," the school wrote Martinson on March 4. "Admission is open to students who are in agreement with the HLGU Student Life Guidelines."

The school directed Martinson to pages 20and 27 of the student-life guidelines, where the school's sexual impropriety rules are spelled out. Both pages explicitly forbid "homosexual activities." Page 27 even prohibits appearing to be gay.

"I just wanted to be me, and I never had any idea this would happen," Martinson tells Daily RFT. "I thought I was already in, but then they send me this letter saying, 'Just kidding.'"

The school's policy suggests that Martinson 'misused God's gift:

"It is God's intent that heterosexual union is the only acceptable expression of sexuality and must be reserved for marriage," says the school's standard of sexual conduct. "This expression of a self-giving love is viewed as a gift from God. All members of the University community should abstain from behavior which may lead to a violation of God's standards on sexual activities.

The school lists homosexuality -- along with sexual abuse, sexual harassment, incest and sexual assault -- as "misuses of God's gift."

Martinson is enrolling at University of Missouri - St. Louis.

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St. Louis County Council Votes 4-3 in Favor of Extending LGBT Anti-Bias Protections

Good news from Missouri, where the St. Louis County Council has passed LGBT non-discrimination protections:

StlouisAn overflow crowd of more than 250 people spilled out of the council chambers in Clayton; 92 of them signed up to address the council, and most took advantage of that opportunity in a public comments segment that lasted more than two hours.

And as could be expected on an issue that involved religion and civil rights, most of them spoke fervently.

The ordinance adds protections for people in employment, housing and public accommodations in unincorporated areas, regardless of their sexual orientation. It also expands protections on the basis of gender and disability.

The bill passed 4-3 and includes exemptions for religious organizations.


Lesbian Couple Says the Four Seasons Hotel Kicked Them Out for Kissing: VIDEO

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Teresa Folds and Julieigh Snell were kissing in the Jacuzzi at the rooftop pool at the Four Seasons in St. Louis when they were asked to leave because of their PDA, told that the hotel does not allow behavior like theirs by any couple, and " insinuated that [they] were not a normal couple," Folds tells KSDK.

The hotel released a statement:

"Four Seasons respects the behaviors of our guests, except where doing so may be a breach of law or create tensions among people. This was the case on the night in question, as our staff received several complaints about the guest's behavior. I can assure you that the gender of the couple was never at issue."

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Watch: Traveler's Footage Shows St. Louis Airport as Tornado Hits

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Over the weekend, Steve posted surveillance video of the Lambert-St. Louis International airport as it was hit by a tornado. Here's some footage taken by a traveler inside the terminal as the windows and roof start to buckle and break.

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