- Gay teacher ousted from Catholic school finds new job Updated: May-05-15 7:13 am
OMAHA, Nebraska - A gay teacher whose Omaha Catholic school contract is not being renewed has found a new job.
- Equality NC opposed to magistrate, religious freedom bills Updated: May-05-15 4:05 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Representatives of Equality North Carolina are preparing to return to Raleigh for this year's Day of Action event at the Legislative Building and to talk with legislators.
- Texas lawmakers attempt to revive religious objections bill Updated: May-04-15 3:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas got a taste Monday of the religious objections issue that drew strong criticism elsewhere, with many church leaders imploring state lawmakers to protect religious freedoms in the name of tolerance but others taking the opportunity to openly decry gay marriage.
- Court rejects challenge to NJ ban on gay conversion therapy Updated: May-04-15 9:50 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has turned away a challenge to New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for patients under 18 years old.
- College president upsets faculty by opposing gay marriage Updated: May-04-15 9:44 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Some professors say they are upset to learn that Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland signed his name to an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court opposing gay marriage.
- Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious Updated: May-03-15 11:08 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren't invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin's capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists.
- Lost River Trading Post offers eclectic experience Updated: May-03-15 9:47 am
WARDENSVILLE, West Virginia - For years, Paul Yandura and Donald Hitchcock had passed through this small dot of a town on the way to their vacation home in Lost River about 20 miles away. The Hardy County town, with a population of about 250 people, really only has one main drag, but it's a classic Main Street, which had been a sleepy one for many years.
- Fallout over religious objections law spurs local ordinances Updated: May-02-15 11:26 am
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana communities are taking steps to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity after an outcry over a state law that critics charged was anti-gay.
- Iowa college to offer LGBT student housing Updated: May-01-15 11:28 am
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Iowa Western Community College will offer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students a new community housing option this fall.
- Inquiry says Canadian military culture is hostile to women Updated: Apr-30-15 7:52 pm
TORONTO - The Canadian Armed Forces perpetuates a sexualized military culture that is hostile to women and gay members, and harassment and assault are often tolerated by senior officers, according to a report released Thursday.
- Texas religious objection bill follows Supreme Court hearing Updated: Apr-30-15 6:26 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage.
- Catholic high school students show support for gay teacher Updated: Apr-30-15 5:41 am
OMAHA, Nebraska - Students from an Omaha Catholic high school have used an annual fundraiser to show support for a gay teacher whose contract will not be renewed after he informed school officials he was engaged to his partner.
- Federal judge who issued Kentucky gay marriage rulings dies Updated: Apr-29-15 10:29 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A federal judge whose ruling striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage led to an appeal heard this week in the U.S. Supreme Court died Wednesday. He was 66.
- North Dakota GOP lawmaker defends sexting man from gay site Updated: Apr-29-15 9:05 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A North Dakota lawmaker who has voted against extending legal protections to gays and lesbians is defending his decision to send a graphic photo of himself to another user of a gay dating website, telling his hometown newspaper that he is gay and "that's what gay guys do on gay sites, don't they?"
- Montana legislative session closes with successes and flops Updated: Apr-29-15 8:21 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana lawmakers went home this week having passed landmark legislation including a Republican route to expand Medicaid, a water use agreement for the Flathead Indian Reservation and a new law to disclose "dark money" in political campaigns.
- Bill would take Alabama out of marriage license business Updated: Apr-29-15 7:46 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A state senator who wants to take Alabama out of the marriage license business says he's not targeting same-sex couples but trying to remove government from the process.
- AP-GfK Poll: Nuanced views on gay rights, religious liberty Updated: Apr-29-15 5:18 pm
WASHINGTON - Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over gay rights when the two come into conflict, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds, though fewer think most businesses should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of religious beliefs.
- UConn students protest treatment of minorities on campus Updated: Apr-29-15 12:33 pm
STORRS, Connecticut - About two dozen UConn students, many wearing red duct tape over their mouths, demonstrated at a meeting of the school's Board of Trustees to call on the administration to do more to address discrimination on campus.
- Pressure grows to end blanket bans on gay men blood donors Updated: Apr-29-15 11:16 am
PARIS - The European Union's top court on Wednesday joined a growing chorus of voices questioning whether it still makes sense to forever bar all gay men from donating blood.
- Justice Kennedy sent clearer signal in 2013 marriage case Updated: Apr-29-15 3:51 am
WASHINGTON - Two years ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy left little doubt during Supreme Court arguments that a part of the federal anti-gay marriage law was doomed.
- Oregon panel considers bill banning 'gay conversion therapy' Updated: Apr-28-15 10:50 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Arguing that so-called gay conversion therapy helped change their lives, people who say they used to be gay but are now straight testified Tuesday in opposition to an Oregon bill that would bar health professionals from trying to alter a child's sexual orientation.
- Michigan lawmakers hear about religious objections bill Updated: Apr-28-15 9:47 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Members of the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Tuesday on whether Michigan needs a law that backers say protects people's religious freedoms and opponents say permits discrimination against gays and others.
- More Arkansas local governments push for LGBT protections Updated: Apr-28-15 7:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Officials in Arkansas' most populous county and one of its most popular tourist destinations said Tuesday they're considering prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expanding the pushback against a new state law criticized as anti-gay.
- Festival-like atmosphere outside Supreme Court Updated: Apr-28-15 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court looked like a festival Tuesday, with costumes, colorful flags, towering signs and people taking selfies under the spring sunshine as advocates and protesters of same-sex marriage thronged the area in front of the high court's steps.
- Massachusetts AG optimistic court to OK gay marriage rights Updated: Apr-28-15 3:23 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says she's cautiously optimistic the Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage.