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Stories with subject: Gays and lesbians
  • Groups: Alabama counties complying with marriage ruling 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:41 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Lawyers representing gay couples said Thursday that all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land.

  • Jackson mayor says she's pushing anti-discrimination measure 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:23 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The mayor of Jackson is pushing an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and says she expects to have a public hearing on it in coming weeks.

  • Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:40 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses - or any marriage licenses at all - following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

  • Kansas governor pondering religious objections legislation 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:09 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration's cautious response to the ruling.

  • Hero of marriage ruling honors early gay rights protesters story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:54 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man behind the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land.

  • Oregon issues final order in gay wedding cake case 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:38 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - Owners of a Portland-area bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple must pay $135,000 in damages, the Bureau of Labor and Industries has ruled.

  • Federal judge to Louisiana: Make gay marriage changes now 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:25 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - After waiting about as long as possible, the state of Louisiana began selling marriage licenses to same-sex couples and agreed Thursday that they could file joint income-tax returns and get both parents' names on their children's birth certificates.

  • Woman in Mormon church photo voices support for gay marriage 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 2:06 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Mormon woman whose photograph was used by her church last week on a webpage explaining the faith's belief that marriage should be between a man and woman says she supports the legalization of gay marriage.

  • Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide? 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 10:51 am

    NEW YORK - You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful.

  • China gay couple holds informal marriage to push for union 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:22 am

    BEIJING - A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for the legalization of same-sex unions in China.

  • Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 3:22 am

    SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.

  • Author of measure that promoted killing gays thwarted again 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 12:29 am

    SACRAMENTO, California - A lawyer who wants to make homosexual activity a capital offense in California says the state's top law enforcement officer has for the second time thwarted his effort to put a law before voters that advocates killing anyone who engages in gay sex.

  • 5th Circuit tells courts to issue same-sex marriage rulings 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 10:43 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • Hate crimes, homicides declined in California in 2014 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:14 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Most crime rates declined across California in 2014, including hate crimes and homicides, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday.

  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:08 pm

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.

  • 5th Circuit tells courts to issue same-sex marriage rulings 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:02 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • Midland County judges: Courts will still perform marriages 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 8:23 pm

    MIDLAND, Michigan - Three Midland County judges say the courts still will perform marriages, despite a colleague's statement that he wouldn't do so in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry.

  • With new chair, NY St. Patrick's parade to add 2nd gay group 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:52 pm

    NEW YORK - After ending a long and controversial ban on gay groups this year, the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade has new leadership and plans to add another gay contingent to its ranks, organizers said Wednesday.

  • Equal protection protests lead to arrests at NC legislature 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:13 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's Supreme Court rulings.

  • Shared child custody awarded to divorcing same-sex couple 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:02 pm

    SAN ANTONIO - A state district judge has awarded shared custody of a 2-year-old girl to her same-sex parents, who are divorcing.

  • Gay marriage availability unclear in 2 Arkansas counties 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:28 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Five days after a landmark high court ruling, at least two Arkansas counties had not issued same-sex marriage licenses as clerks with religious and moral objections decide whether to comply with state and federal orders.

  • Attorney reprimanded for letter blasting gay marriage ruling 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:08 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A lawyer for Alabama's judicial system said Wednesday that he has been reprimanded by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for a letter he sent public officials blasting the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.

  • Daycare: Same-sex marriage, finances reasons for closing 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:54 pm

    LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - A Las Cruces church daycare says it's closing due to troubled finances and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

  • Benefits offered for same-sex spouses of Texas state workers 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 4:00 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The Employees Retirement System of Texas said it's now allowing state workers to enroll their same-sex spouses for benefits following last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision, which paved the way for gay marriage nationwide.

  • Kentucky editorial roundup 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:35 pm

    Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: