- Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays Updated: May-22-15 11:03 am
DUBLIN - Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Friday's referendum asking voters to approve gay marriage is the latest landmark in decades of struggle for Ireland's homosexual minority to gain greater rights and respect.
- Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry Updated: May-21-15 10:13 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal judge on Thursday ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S Supreme Court weighs in on same-sex marriage this summer.
- Texas House OKs letting clergy refuse to marry gay couples Updated: May-21-15 5:54 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs - further shielding the nation's largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.
- New Orleans Mayor blasts Jindal with counter executive order Updated: May-21-15 5:31 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu responded to Gov. Bobby Jindal's controversial religious objections executive order by issuing an order of his own.
- Legislature moves to make marriage statutes gender neutral Updated: May-20-15 6:07 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon legislators are moving to adopt gender-neutral marriage statutes in recognition of last year's ruling by a federal judge striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
- Young couple killed in I-49 crash caused by lightning Updated: May-16-15 3:40 pm
BUNKIE, Louisiana - State police say lightning struck a car driving through Evangeline Parish and that led to a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 49 that killed a young Covington couple. Police say a 1-year-old child in the couple's car survived.
- Same-sex couple sues over son's birth certificate Updated: May-15-15 8:02 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - A same-sex couple from Madison has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit because the state has failed to put both their names on their baby's birth certificate.
- Texas anti-gay marriage bill dead for now as deadline passes Updated: May-15-15 1:35 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Efforts by Texas Republicans to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if gay marriage is legalized took a major setback Friday when time expired on a bill that would prohibit government employees from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Married couple campaign for same Bremerton council seat Updated: May-14-15 6:16 am
BREMERTON, Washington - Conversations at one Bremerton city councilor's dinner table may be a little tense as his wife has announced plans to run for his seat.
- Texas Senate OKs bill allowing clergy to refuse gay marriage Updated: May-11-15 7:20 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to allow clergy members to refuse performing marriages that violate their religious beliefs, as top Republicans move to further shield the nation's largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.
- Castro's daughter sponsors blessing of Cuban gay couples Updated: May-09-15 9:19 pm
HAVANA - The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro sponsored a blessing ceremony Saturday for gay couples on an island where gay marriage remains illegal.
- Alabama bill would let ministers refuse same-sex marriages Updated: May-06-15 10:04 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A bill working its way through the Alabama Legislature would allow probate judges and ministers to refuse to marry same-sex couples on religious grounds.
- Opponents of 'religious freedom' bill warn of discrimination Updated: May-06-15 7:52 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Opponents of a bill that would allow Alabama probate judges and ministers to refuse to marry gay couples on religious grounds say the legislation could open the door to broader discrimination.
- Same-sex couples offered new marriage license applications Updated: May-06-15 6:43 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Six same-sex couples in northern Idaho who received marriage licenses before state officials say a federal court made such unions legal are being given a unique state-approved opportunity for a do-over.
- Australian leader brushes off snub to diplomat's gay partner Updated: May-06-15 12:07 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's prime minister on Wednesday brushed off controversy over his office's treatment of the gay partner of the Australian ambassador to France.
- Colorado lawmakers agree to limit odd proxy marriages Updated: May-04-15 8:40 pm
DENVER - Colorado lawmakers have agreed to limit the state's unique rules for proxy marriages in which couples are wed with only one of the people present.
- Texas lawmakers attempt to revive religious objections bill Updated: May-04-15 3:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas got a taste Monday of the religious objections issue that drew strong criticism elsewhere, with many church leaders imploring state lawmakers to protect religious freedoms in the name of tolerance but others taking the opportunity to openly decry gay marriage.
- Lost River Trading Post offers eclectic experience Updated: May-03-15 9:47 am
WARDENSVILLE, West Virginia - For years, Paul Yandura and Donald Hitchcock had passed through this small dot of a town on the way to their vacation home in Lost River about 20 miles away. The Hardy County town, with a population of about 250 people, really only has one main drag, but it's a classic Main Street, which had been a sleepy one for many years.
- AP-GfK Poll: Nuanced views on gay rights, religious liberty Updated: Apr-29-15 5:18 pm
WASHINGTON - Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over gay rights when the two come into conflict, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds, though fewer think most businesses should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of religious beliefs.
- Justice Kennedy sent clearer signal in 2013 marriage case Updated: Apr-29-15 3:51 am
WASHINGTON - Two years ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy left little doubt during Supreme Court arguments that a part of the federal anti-gay marriage law was doomed.
- Massachusetts AG optimistic court to OK gay marriage rights Updated: Apr-28-15 3:23 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she's cautiously optimistic the Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage.
- What they said: Supreme Court quotes on gay marriage Updated: Apr-28-15 3:14 pm
WASHINGTON - Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and whether states must recognize gay marriages performed in other states:
- Bill seeks to expand coverage for Hawaii fertility law Updated: Apr-28-15 12:44 am
HONOLULU - A proposal in Hawaii's Legislature would expand a state mandate on fertility treatments to include same sex couples and single women, updating a law that now only offers such benefits to women who are married to men.
- Judge proposes Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to lesbian couple Updated: Apr-24-15 5:58 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - An administrative law judge proposed Friday that the owners of a suburban Portland bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago.
- Ducey allows same-sex couples to be adoptive, foster parents Updated: Apr-23-15 6:09 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has overruled a legal opinion from the attorney general's office and instructed the state's child welfare agency to allow all legally married couples, including same-sex couples, to jointly be adoptive and foster parents.