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Stories with subject: Gays and lesbians
  • Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 1:07 pm

    MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.

  • Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 12:47 pm

    MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The Rowan County clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage and religious conscience closed her office on Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.

  • Prosecutors: Charges against activist likely to be dropped 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 9:19 pm

    EUGENE, Oregon - Prosecutors said Friday that they expect to dismiss child sex-abuse charges against prominent gay rights activist Terry Bean because the alleged victim is unlikely to show up for trial.

  • Vatican gets embroiled in Italy's 'banned books' fray 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 3:44 pm

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.

  • Senegal activist: Release 7 men convicted of gay acts 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 12:20 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - A Senegalese activist and a rights group on Friday called for the release of seven men arrested in July and sentenced to six months in prison for homosexual acts.

  • Foundation supports Wyoming magistrate on gay marriage stand 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 7:47 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A conservative law firm that has worked to oppose gay marriage initiatives nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

  • Catholic school changes policy on gay hiring after backlash story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:42 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - A Roman Catholic school in Portland has changed its policy on hiring gay employees following the uproar over its decision to withdraw a job offer to a lesbian woman.

  • 3 arrested at Kentucky State Fair breakfast 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 2:17 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A leading gay-rights activist and two others were arrested for protesting at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Country Ham Breakfast and Auction, an event at the state fair that draws many of the state's top political leaders.

  • Parents of slain Wyoming student to participate in forum 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:07 am

    LEXINGTON, Kentucky - The parents of a 21-year-old gay Wyoming college student who was tortured and killed nearly 20 years ago are visiting with high school students in Lexington.

  • Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 4:38 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization's decision to allow gay troop leaders - preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.

  • Portland Catholic school revokes job offer to gay woman 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 10:08 am

    PORTLAND, Oregon - A Catholic school in downtown Portland has rescinded its job offer for a college counseling position after learning that the candidate is gay.

  • Ahead of pope's visit to US, some friction over LGBT issues 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 2:09 am

    The World Meeting of Families, the central religious event of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, is intended to convey a message of love and joy as it seeks to promote church teaching on marriage. Yet four weeks away from its opening in Philadelphia, friction is mounting as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Roman Catholics lobby for a broader role in the event and organizers move to limit them.

  • Taxpayers facing $2.3 million tab in same-sex marriage case 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 11:13 am

    LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Attorneys who successfully challenged Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage have submitted a bill for more than $2 million in legal fees, court costs and related expenses. The state of Kentucky, as the losing party in the case, gets stuck with the tab under federal civil-rights law.

  • AP Interview: US eyes migration, poverty as pope trip themes story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 10:49 am

    ROME - The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said Tuesday he expects Pope Francis will call on the U.S. to rediscover the fundamental values "that made our nation great" - especially its long history of welcoming foreigners - when he visits next month and becomes the first pope to address Congress.

  • Group turns over donor list from gay marriage fight in Maine 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 5:35 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - The president of a hedge fund contributed $1.25 million to the National Organization for Marriage's efforts to defeat Maine's gay marriage law in 2009, providing more than half of national anti-gay marriage group's donations during the campaign, according to a campaign disclosure report.

  • Islamic State claims to kill 30 for sodomy, UN meeting told 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 5:28 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

  • Jerusalem gay pride parade attacker charged with murder 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 2:49 pm

    JERUSALEM - An ultra-Orthodox Israeli who fatally stabbed a teenage girl at a Jerusalem gay pride parade has been indicted on a murder charge.

  • Helping others understand transgender transition 
    Updated: Aug-22-15 2:07 am

    BOULDER, Colorado - Phyllis Whitley raised a daughter, but she now has a son.

  • Illinois enacts gay conversion therapy ban for young people 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 9:16 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed legislation banning therapists from trying to change a young person's sexuality.

  • Bakery in gay wedding cake case sends gifts to LGBTQ groups 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 8:55 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - The owners of a Portland-area bakery who were fined for denying service to a same-sex couple have sent cakes and copies of a Christian film to 10 LGBT groups on the West Coast.

  • Union University leaves council over same-sex marriage 
    Updated: Aug-20-15 3:43 pm

    JACKSON, Tennessee - Union University has withdrawn from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after two schools that are members of the organization endorsed same-sex marriage.

  • Ballot wording for Houston gay rights ordinance rejected 
    Updated: Aug-19-15 11:31 am

    HOUSTON - The Texas Supreme Court says voters in Houston must decide whether they want an equal right ordinance in their city - and not whether the existing one should be repealed.

  • Carmel officials hold off on proposed LGBT protections 
    Updated: Aug-18-15 8:05 am

    CARMEL, Indiana - City officials in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel are waiting to take action on a proposal to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Poll: Australian government faces backlash in by-election 
    Updated: Aug-18-15 12:19 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's beleaguered prime minister faces a political test next month with an opinion poll on Tuesday showing his center-right party faces a large swing against it in a by-election in the nation's most conservative state.

  • California Senate approves bill reacting to anti-gay plan 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 8:34 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The California Senate on Monday approved a bill that seeks to discourage frivolous ballot questions by raising filing costs, following a measure advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people.