REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER TO GRAY DAVIS CHANGES POLICY ON GAYS Republican challenger Bill Simon, whose struggling campaign for governor of California is short on advertising cash, has made a desperate bid for publicity this week by reversing his position on legal benefits for unmarried couples, including homosexuals. He also endorsed Gay Pride Day. Social conservative supporters have expressed dismay over Simon’s opportunistic cave-in although a spokesman for the candidate insists he has not changed his position.   “UNDER GOD” ATHEIST WANTS CONGRESS CHAPLAINS ABOLISHED The California atheist who sued to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance is now suing to remove the House and Senate chaplains from Congress, the Washington Post reported Friday. Michael Newdow says it’s unconstitutional for taxpayers to fund chaplains that lead Congress in prayer and minister to lawmakers.   COURT ALLOWS BAN ON CHRISTIAN VIGIL FOR SEPT. 11 A U.S. federal court Thursday said the National Park Service does not have to allow a Christian group’s planned Sept. 11 prayer vigil in Lafayette Park, near the White House.


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