- State ethics commission says legislators can't lobby Updated: Oct-07-15 7:41 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Ethics Commission on Wednesday revised an earlier ruling and made it clear that legislators can't lobby other state officials on behalf of their employers. In another decision, commissioners took a dim view of public employees being paid by outside sources.
- Bill would allow Florida churches to say no to gay marriages Updated: Oct-07-15 5:28 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A bill that would allow churches to refuse to marry gay couples won its first approval Wednesday even though its sponsor said churches already have that right and he knows of no cases in which a church has been forced to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony.
- Judge tosses conservative activist's suit against magazine Updated: Oct-07-15 5:03 pm
BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho judge has ruled that a liberal-leaning magazine did not defame one of Idaho's wealthiest people in an article that said the businessman outed a local reporter as gay.
- Lawyers in gay marriage case get $1.9 million from Michigan Updated: Oct-07-15 3:59 pm
DETROIT - The state of Michigan agreed to pay $1.9 million to the lawyers who won the landmark gay marriage case at the U.S. Supreme Court, an attorney said Wednesday.
- Religion news in brief Updated: Oct-07-15 1:03 pm
County wants God's mercy after gay marriage ruling
- State College police probe assault posted on Twitter Updated: Oct-07-15 9:19 am
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania - State College police are investigating a gay man's claims - posted on Twitter - that he was assaulted. But police also say the man's claim that he was attacked by a "frat guy" isn't true.
- Fargo pastor resigns over gay marriage decision Updated: Oct-07-15 6:41 am
FARGO, North Dakota - A pastor is leaving his post at a Fargo church due to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide.
- Candidates bicker on range of issues in gubernatorial debate Updated: Oct-06-15 10:18 pm
DANVILLE, Kentucky - Democrat Jack Conway spoke out against arming teachers as a way to prevent schoolhouse shooting sprees, while Republican Matt Bevin advocated random drug testing for people receiving public assistance as the gubernatorial candidates bickered on a range of issues in a televised debate Tuesday night.
- Judge recognizes 1st common-law same-sex marriage in Texas Updated: Oct-06-15 8:25 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A judge has become the first to officially recognize a common-law same-sex marriage in Texas.
- Berkman jab at Houston Equal Rights Ordinance draws fire Updated: Oct-06-15 6:51 pm
HOUSTON - Former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman's public opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is drawing fire from the city's mayor.
- Recent editorials published in Indiana newspapers Updated: Oct-06-15 2:01 pm
The Munster Times Oct. 1, 2015
- Glendale split on proposed LGBT anti-discrimination laws Updated: Oct-06-15 1:26 pm
GLENDALE, Arizona - A proposed anti-discrimination ordinance aimed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and visitors in Glendale has strong support on both sides.
- Senate Democrats draft bill to add LGBT protections to law Updated: Oct-06-15 12:16 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The leader of Indiana's Senate Democrats says his caucus will sponsor a bill next legislative session that would add civil rights protections into Indiana law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
- Pope aims to assure conservatives marriage doctrine safe Updated: Oct-06-15 11:29 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis sought Tuesday to assure conservatives that Catholic doctrine on marriage is safe, as a three-week meeting of bishops began hashing out how the church should welcome gays, divorcees and other Catholics in "irregular" unions.
- Reparative therapy criticized by Southern Baptist theologian Updated: Oct-05-15 6:11 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A prominent Southern Baptist theologian on Monday spoke out against psychological counseling aimed at turning gay people straight, saying homosexuality cannot be turned off like a switch. Instead, he said, the "sin" of being attracted to a person of the same sex can be changed by turning to the Bible's teachings.
- Law firm labeled hate group leading Kim Davis' crusade Updated: Oct-05-15 8:28 am
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Kim Davis' lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.
- Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod Updated: Oct-03-15 11:53 am
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.
- Alabama judges use segregation-era law to avoid gay marriage Updated: Oct-03-15 11:01 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - As Alabama's all-white Legislature tried to preserve racial segregation and worried about the possibility of mixed-race marriages in 1961, lawmakers rewrote state law to make it optional for counties to issue marriage licenses.
- Sun Valley teacher charged with sexual abuse Updated: Oct-03-15 9:05 am
SUN VALLEY, Idaho - A former teacher at a Sun Valley private school has been charged with felony sexual abuse of a child under 16.
- 2 suspected Indonesian lesbians to undergo 'rehabilitation' Updated: Oct-03-15 6:10 am
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Two suspected lesbians detained earlier this week by Islamic Shariah police in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province will undergo what an official described Saturday as "rehabilitation," and won't be charged with a crime.
- Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays Updated: Oct-02-15 10:48 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.
- In Tech: Music for kids, Facebook video profiles and more Updated: Oct-02-15 11:05 am
Parents of small kids are getting more love from music services.
- Man pleads not guilty to removing cellmate's eyeballs Updated: Oct-01-15 7:15 am
ATLANTA - A 33-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to strangling an LGBT activist and, months later, gauging out the eyeballs of a cellmate.
- Kansas Democrats expected to pick veteran activist as leader Updated: Sep-30-15 8:01 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Democrats expect to pick a longtime Wichita-area activist as their new state chairman this weekend to concentrate on fundraising and boosting their numbers in the Legislature after the abrupt resignation of a leader who suggested rebranding the party.
- Ak-Chin woman sues tribe to recognize same-sex marriage Updated: Sep-30-15 6:46 pm
MARICOPA, Arizona - A member of the Ak-Chin Indian Community in a same-sex marriage is suing the tribe to recognize the union.