- Analysis: Bill rejection gives Jindal a campaign opportunity Updated: May-24-15 5:14 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - By voting down a proposal to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage, lawmakers thought they had put the divisive issue to bed and ended one of the major controversies of the legislative session.
- Gay couples awake to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas Updated: May-24-15 2:53 pm
DUBLIN - Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.
- What to watch: Crunch time calm; texting while driving bill Updated: May-24-15 9:07 am
AUSTIN, Texas - The closing days of Texas' legislative session usually mean political chaos, with some lawmakers scrambling to finalize pet proposed legislation and others working just as hard to block bills they despise.
- 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide Updated: May-23-15 6:25 pm
DUBLIN - Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."
- Timeline of landmarks in Ireland's changing attitude to gays Updated: May-23-15 12:36 pm
DUBLIN - Gays in Ireland lived in the shadows for decades, lest they face ridicule, assault or even prison in Victorian times. Saturday's referendum result to legalize gay marriage represents a stunning triumph for gay rights activists following decades of struggle 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.
- Judge: Gay couples across Alabama have right to marry Updated: May-21-15 7:52 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala - A federal judge has 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 issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.
- 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.
- Critics bash Louisiana governor on 'religious freedom' order Updated: May-21-15 5:28 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - "Arrogant" and "cynical" - that's what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal immigration.
- Correction: Gay Marriage-Canvassers story Updated: May-21-15 10:11 am
NEW YORK - In a story published Dec. 11, 2014, The Associated Press reported that researchers from Columbia University and the University of California-Los Angeles had found that openly gay canvassers were far more effective than straight canvassers in shifting voters' views toward support for same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, Columbia Professor Donald Green asked that Science magazine retract the study; Green said when their conclusions were challenged, he and his co-author Michael LaCour were unable to produce their raw data, which he said had been accidentally deleted.
- Catholics in San Francisco rally against 'morality clauses' Updated: May-20-15 11:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Teachers from four San Francisco Catholic high schools on Wednesday rejected the archbishop's latest revision of a teacher handbook.
- 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.
- Professor seeks retraction of Science article he co-authored Updated: May-20-15 3:11 pm
NEW YORK - Citing irregularities on the part of his colleague, a prominent Columbia University professor has asked Science magazine to retract a study he co-authored last year about the ability of openly gay canvassers to shift voters' views toward support for same-sex marriage.
- Jindal issues order after religious objections bill rejected Updated: May-19-15 8:22 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that has thrust the state into the national debate about where religious freedoms end and the rights of same-sex couples begin.
- Belfast baker guilty of discrimination over 'gay cake' snub Updated: May-19-15 8:59 am
DUBLIN - A Northern Ireland bakery was found guilty Tuesday of discrimination for refusing to make a cake bearing the slogan "Support Gay Marriage," a verdict welcomed by human rights activists but denounced by Christian conservatives in the British territory.
- Same-sex marriages boost total marriage numbers in 2014 Updated: May-18-15 11:23 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - A state report shows the legalization of gay marriage last year boosted the number of couples tying the knot to the highest rate Wisconsin has reported since 2007.
- Georgia GOP delegates back passage of religious liberty bill Updated: May-16-15 4:47 pm
ATHENS, Georgia - Georgia Republicans on Saturday backed passage of a state law preventing government infringement on religious beliefs, which opponents say could be used as a shield for discriminating against gay or transgender people.
- Alabama AG: Supreme Court shouldn't rule on gay marriage Updated: May-16-15 3:25 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says America's founders would not have approved of the current members of the Supreme Court making decisions on issues such as same-sex marriage.
- Gay leader of Catholic Luxembourg marries partner Updated: May-15-15 5:19 pm
LUXEMBOURG - The prime minister of Luxembourg married his partner on Friday, a year after the tiny Roman Catholic nation approved a law allowing same-sex marriage.
- Colombia bishop offends both Catholics, gays with remarks Updated: May-15-15 4:23 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - A prestigious Roman Catholic bishop has managed to offend both conservative Catholics and members of Colombia's gay community during a speech intended to denounce discrimination based on sexual orientation.
- Deadline kills scores of high-profile House bills - for now Updated: May-15-15 3:02 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas House deadline has come and gone, killing many top-priority bills for both parties - among them raising the criminal age of responsibility, Tesla-backed direct car sales, regulating ride-hailing companies and limiting or expanding gay rights.
- Marriage proposal on Missouri Legislature's last day Updated: May-15-15 2:37 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri House members broke into applause as Rep. Shelley Keeney, of Marble Hill, accepted a marriage proposal on the dais.
- Pittsburgh governing body votes to endorse gay marriage Updated: May-15-15 2:11 pm
PITTSBURGH - A regional governing body serving Presbyterian congregations in the Pittsburgh-area has voted to endorse same-sex marriage in church life.
- 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.