- 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.
- Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls Updated: Apr-23-15 11:41 am
NEW YORK - For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs - notably the presidential hopefuls - face a far more complicated landscape.
- Committee votes to let adoption agencies refuse gay couples Updated: Apr-22-15 8:58 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A House Committee voted Wednesday for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away gay couples on religious grounds.
- Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow Updated: Apr-21-15 1:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.
- Same-sex couple wants both names on birth certificate Updated: Apr-20-15 5:47 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A same-sex couple who sued for the right to marry in Wisconsin wants a federal judge to mandate that both gay parents' names appear on their children's birth certificates.
- Short portraits of 11 who died on the Deepwater Horizon Updated: Apr-18-15 12:21 pm
Portraits of the 11 who died on the Deepwater Horizon:
- California couple part of Tennessee gay marriage challenge Updated: Apr-16-15 12:42 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Johno Espejo and Matthew Mansell moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Franklin, Tennessee, in 2012 for Mansell's job as a conflicts analyst for an international law firm. Their neighbors were friendly, Mansell says, but the family couldn't go out in public without being stared at.
- Lesbian couple wants to lift obstacles to raising children Updated: Apr-16-15 12:19 pm
CINCINNATI - Raising two young children in states that don't recognize that their parents are married has confronted Nicole and Pam Yorksmith with a range of problems.
- Adoption struggle leads couple into gay marriage fight Updated: Apr-16-15 11:38 am
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - On paper, Paul Campion's home seemed perfect for a foster child - and one of the students he worked with as a school counselor was begging to be taken in.
- Kansas urges dismissal of federal lawsuit over gay marriage Updated: Apr-14-15 5:56 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas argues in a new court filing that same-sex couples' ability to obtain marriage licenses in many counties should prompt a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by gay and lesbian couples.
- Same-sex couple sues, says Utah isn't recognizing both moms Updated: Apr-13-15 7:56 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A married same-sex couple says in a new lawsuit that Utah officials unfairly rejected their request to make both women legal parents on their child's birth certificate.
- Chile's Bachelet signs same-sex civil union law Updated: Apr-13-15 3:52 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America's most socially conservative nations.