Daily Links, May 17: "Controversies," "minorities," and "traditional marriages"

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The church, Georgetown, and Kathleen Sebelius are making many of the headlines today. The New York Times and CNN both examine the head-butting between some in the church and Georgetown's invitation to Sebelius to speak during commencement weekend (though not as the commencement speaker, and not coinciding with an honorary degree). John Gehring points out that people don't seem to be talking as much about how Georgetown invited two high-profile Catholics from each political party to speak within a few weeks of each other, after Paul Ryan recently came to campus for a talk.

In light of President Obama's declaration of support for same-sex marriage, Religion Dispatches takes a look back at "traditional marriage" over the years.

More than half of the babies born in the U.S. last year were "minorities." Can you be called a minority if you are actually the majority? And, be prepared for President Obama's race to be made a factor in the election...at least it looks like it will be if certain SuperPACs have their way. For some reason, this graph about federal spending strikes me as more relevant to the election. (And what of this bit of information that Mitt Romney hosted a big fundraising event at the home of an executive whose company produces a Plan B pill, among other products?)

Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH has dropped health care for students and headlines have cited the contracpetion mandate as a major factor as to why. Bryan Cones takes a closer look at the reasoning behind this decision.

Here in Chicago, Northwestern University held a blessing for bikers participating in a ride held in remembrance of cyclists who have lost their lives during the past year.

And to end on some downers: the House has changed some aspects of the Violence Against Women Act that will leave women less protected against violence. And, remember Iran? Our U.S. military strategy hasn't forgotten about them.