- Lawmakers postpone vote on adoption by gay couples bill Updated: Feb-12-16 9:33 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah lawmakers postponed a vote Friday night on a proposal to ensure married gay couples are treated equally as married heterosexual couples in adoptions and foster care placements.
- Senate passes protections for same-sex marriage opponents Updated: Feb-12-16 1:22 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The Virginia Senate has approved legislation proponents say would protect businesses and individuals that oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds.
- Lawyers spar over whether girl was abducted or fled with man Updated: Feb-11-16 9:30 pm
FULLERTON, California - A prosecutor said on Thursday that a California man was eying his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter before he helped bring the girl up from Mexico, raped her, abducted her from the family's home and forced her to live with him under a false name for a decade.
- West Virginia House approves religious-exemptions bill Updated: Feb-11-16 6:31 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Amid growing opposition from the business community, West Virginia's Republican-led House of Delegates cleared a bill Thursday that proponents say would ensure freedom of religious expression and opponents say would sanction discrimination.
- House OKs protection for clergy refusing gay marriage Updated: Feb-11-16 3:11 pm
ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill explicitly stating that religious officials can refuse to perform gay marriages, their first significant action on a variety of proposals creating legal exemptions for same-sex marriage opponents.
- Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over gay marriage Updated: Feb-10-16 6:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.
- House Committee hears testimony on Pastor Protection Act Updated: Feb-10-16 6:09 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio House committee has heard from some of those who favor of a bill that would allow churches in Ohio to deny performing same-sex marriages.
- Kentucky legislators consider creating 2 marriage licenses Updated: Feb-10-16 5:01 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky lawmakers want to create two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples, in a move critics say harks back to the "separate but equal" days of the civil rights movement.
- House committee OKs civil rights bill without LGBT inclusion Updated: Feb-09-16 3:51 pm
ATLANTA - A Georgia House committee has approved a bill preventing businesses from discriminating based on race, nationality, sex or religion.
- Senate passes bill raising minimum age of marriage Updated: Feb-09-16 2:34 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The Virginia Senate has passed legislation requiring a judge's approval for 16- and 17-year-olds to get married.
- Note boasts rare signatures of lovebirds Napoleon, Josephine Updated: Feb-09-16 12:00 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - Full signatures from a pair of notorious lovebirds - Napoleon and Josephine - lend an otherwise routine 19th-century French marriage contract a rare prestige among other love notes on display at a high-end jewelry and antique showcase in Florida.
- Cruz seeks to appeal to supporters on fringe of GOP Updated: Feb-08-16 3:39 am
PETERBOROUGH, New Hampshire - Some politicians run from polarizing endorsements. Ted Cruz seeks them out.
- After 2 ½ years, feds return money to man in marriage probe Updated: Feb-07-16 12:02 pm
WALLED LAKE, Michigan - Federal agents arrived around dawn at a home in suburban Detroit. Foggy at that hour and shirtless, the owner answered the door and was told he was the target of a sham marriage investigation.
- Arkansas Supreme Court race pits judge vs Little Rock lawyer Updated: Feb-07-16 11:02 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.
- Data: Indiana had 143 fatal domestic shootings from 2006-14 Updated: Feb-06-16 10:14 am
INDIANAPOLIS - FBI records show that Indiana reported more than 140 domestic violence-related fatal shootings from 2006 through 2014, although the number is likely higher because some of the state's law enforcement agencies didn't report such data.
- Lawmakers, magistrate want to defend gay marriage exemption Updated: Feb-05-16 3:54 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Two North Carolina lawmakers and a magistrate have asked a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law involving civil marriages challenged as discriminatory against gays.
- Lawmakers, magistrate want to defend gay marriage exemption Updated: Feb-05-16 3:04 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina legislators and a magistrate who won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples are asking a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law challenged as discriminatory.
- Judge's order strikes down Nebraska ban on gay marriage Updated: Feb-05-16 2:58 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction striking down Nebraska's now-negated constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.
- Judge blocks policy preventing inmates from marrying Updated: Feb-04-16 4:56 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A district judge has issued an order to block a Nebraska prison policy that prevented two inmates from marrying.
- Utah lawmaker wants to revive polygamy ban with revisions Updated: Feb-03-16 7:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - In the wake of a court decision that de-criminalized polygamy in Utah, a state lawmaker unveiled a proposal Wednesday to revive the ban on living with multiple so-called spiritual wives.
- Justice Robert Cordy of state's high court to retire Updated: Feb-03-16 4:47 pm
BOSTON - Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity to make his first nomination to the state's highest court.
- Oklahoma lawmakers push social agendas amid budget crisis Updated: Feb-03-16 3:56 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The difficult task of plugging a $900 million hole in the state budget has not deterred conservative Oklahoma lawmakers from pushing their social agendas on abortion, gun rights and same-sex marriage.
- Virginia man in same-sex custody case ordered to prison Updated: Feb-02-16 9:06 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - A pastor convicted of helping a Virginia woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former Vermont same-sex partner has been ordered to federal prison after a court rejected an appeal of his 2012 conviction.
- The Latest: Chamber head says gay-rights failure hurts state Updated: Feb-02-16 5:52 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The Latest on the decision of Indiana Republican lawmakers to abandon efforts this year to extend anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation (all times local):
- Senate considers bill protecting same-sex marriage objectors Updated: Feb-01-16 3:11 pm
ATLANTA - A powerful Georgia Senate committee discussed but took no action Monday on a contentious bill allowing religious adoption agencies, schools, government workers and others to refuse services to same-sex couples without being penalized.