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Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • new storyOregon lawmakers vote to help gay veterans, strippers 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 10:04 pm

    SALEM, Oregon - Oregon is on track to be the first state to hire a coordinator to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge received because of their sexual orientation.

  • Pope puts family first at outdoor Mass in steamy Guayaquil story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-06-15 8:17 pm

    GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador - Pope Francis received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families are the bedrock of society but need to be supported better and strengthened.

  • More Alabama counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 6:37 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Additional Alabama counties on Monday said they were now willing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as some opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide fades away.

  • SC Senate votes to remove flag from Statehouse grounds story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-06-15 6:37 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration.

  • Kentucky clerk: Let people buy marriage licenses online 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 6:01 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - A Kentucky clerk of court wants the state to issue marriage licenses online so he doesn't have to.

  • Gay couple granted Texas marriage license after lawsuit 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 5:58 pm

    DALLAS - A gay couple was granted a marriage license Monday shortly after filing a federal lawsuit against a county clerk in Texas who cited religious opposition when denying them a license last week.

  • Union members rally against 'age discrimination' in Barbados 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 5:18 pm

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - About 3,000 chanting protesters took to the streets of Barbados' capital Monday to join a union-led rally against the recent dismissals of about a dozen public workers nearing retirement age.

  • Defense testimony wraps up in federal cyberstalking trial 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 4:46 pm

    WILMINGTON, Delaware - Defense attorneys called their final witnesses Monday as the trial winds down in the federal conspiracy and cyberstalking case against the widow and children of a man who killed his ex-daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse.

  • Caitlyn Jenner to write weekly editorials on LGBT issues 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 4:41 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Caitlyn Jenner will be writing weekly online editorials about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and issues.

  • Al Jazeera YouTube channel airs satirical video about US 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 4:10 pm

    NEW YORK - A video posted on an Al Jazeera YouTube channel over the Fourth of July weekend mocks Americans for dubious "achievements" in obesity, pornography production and gun ownership.

  • Correction: Palestinians-Rainbow Flag story story has photos
    Updated: Jul-06-15 3:28 pm

    RAMALLAH, West Bank - In a story June 30 about Palestinian protesters whitewashing a gay pride rainbow flag, The Associated Press reported erroneously that homosexual acts are banned by law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While homosexuality is largely taboo in Palestinian society, there are no laws specifically banning homosexual acts.

  • Democrats want Pence to release details of PR firm's work 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 3:13 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Democrats have sent the Republican Pence administration a formal request to release documents showing what the state got for its money when it hired a New York public relations firm to deal with the damage inflicted by a new religious objections law.

  • Ky. Clerk: Let people buy marriage licenses online 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 2:41 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - A Kentucky clerk of court wants the state to issue marriage licenses online so he doesn't have to.

  • Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage story has photos
    Updated: Jul-06-15 1:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close.

  • Exhibit opens July 4 about black experience in WW2 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 10:38 am

    NEW ORLEANS - About to be overrun by Germans, a young black lieutenant called in an artillery barrage on his own position, knowing he'd be killed. It was the only way to hold off the enemy.

  • South Africa's Tutu renews vows after 60 years in wedlock 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 10:10 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, affectionately known to many South Africans as "Arch," kissed his bride of 60 years, Leah.

  • Low turnout marks anti-gay demonstration in Kenya 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 9:26 am

    NAIROBI, Kenya - A demonstration against homosexuality in Kenya fizzled Monday after attracting only a handful of protesters.

  • Clinton offers reassurance to gay youth in web posting 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 8:59 am

    WASHINGTON - Boosting her social media outreach to younger voters, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to offer reassurance to gay youths in a posting that is drawing wide online attention.

  • Legislature exempts utilities regulators from info rules 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 8:14 am

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - Communications between members of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority between scheduled meetings are off-limits to the public in legislation approved by the General Assembly.

  • The Latest: Spain ready to talk about third Greek bailout story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-06-15 6:01 am

    ATHENS, Greece - The latest on the bailout referendum in Greece (all times local):

  • Blacks torn between anger, mercy for Charleston shooter 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 4:16 am

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.

  • To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists story has photos
    Updated: Jul-05-15 10:31 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy.

  • Idaho's gay marriage ban remains in state constitution 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 5:35 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

  • Trial to examine retaliation charge against Arizona sheriff 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 5:10 pm

    PHOENIX - The sheriff of metro Phoenix has long been known for jailing inmates in tents and pink underwear and cracking down on illegal immigration. But an upcoming trial will force Sheriff Joe Arpaio to answer for a pattern of behavior that his critics have long found deeply troubling.

  • Sanders lauds gay rights ruling, balks at denying exemptions 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 3:14 pm

    BURLINGTON, Vermont - Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders lauds the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay rights, but he has balked at taking tax exemptions away from organizations that do not recognize same-sex marriage.