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  • Texas issuing gay marriage licenses, despite AG's opinion story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 7:30 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Many county clerks across Texas have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite instructions from the state attorney general that they could refuse to do so if it violates their religious beliefs. And most of the ones holding out say they are doing so for logistic - not religious - reasons.

  • Colorado's high court blocks school voucher program 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:18 pm

    DENVER - A school voucher program in suburban Denver violates the state constitution because it provides funding for students to attend religious schools, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

  • Democrats want to remove marriage definition in constitution 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 4:05 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Democrats on Monday called for the elimination of nullified language in the state's constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • A look at 13 states using redistricting commissions 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 11:51 am

    The Constitution requires boundaries for U.S. House districts to be redrawn after each census. While that task typically is done by state legislatures, 13 states use commissions as part of their congressional redistricting process. The amount of legislative involvement with those commissions varies by state.

  • Georgia high court says bonds for Braves stadium are valid 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 11:48 am

    ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.

  • Analysis: Kansas abortion ruling could have sweeping effects 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 12:37 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - A judge's decision to block Kansas from banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure eventually could reshape the state's legal climate and intensify conservative Republicans' push to change how the highest court is selected.

  • GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling story has photos
    Updated: Jun-28-15 12:04 am

    DENVER - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

  • Analysis: Arkansas Republicans shift from marriage fight 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 1:34 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - More than a decade after embracing a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, top Republicans in Arkansas blasted the nation's highest court for deciding such bans were unconstitutional. The GOP backlash included a governor who accused justices of disregarding Arkansans' beliefs and a conservative activist calling the decision "illegitimate."

  • Marriage licenses issued in Kentucky to same-sex couples story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 8:12 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Timothy Love was at the head of the line Friday with his same-sex partner of 35 years to obtain the marriage license he fought for in the courts.

  • Historic gay marriage ruling stirs emotion across US story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-26-15 8:11 pm

    Some snapshots of Americans reacting to Friday's Supreme Court ruling declaring that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.

  • The Latest: Bishop says marriage is always 1 man, 1 woman 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 5:46 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The latest reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states (all times are local):

  • Montana celebrations to mark landmark gay marriage ruling 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 4:56 pm

    HELENA, Montana - Gay rights advocates celebrated Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage by planning parties across Montana, as the attorney general conceded his fight to enforce the state's constitutional amendment that marriage is between a man and a woman.

  • Ruling came long after gay marriage began in North Carolina 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 4:10 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states doesn't change what's been happening in North Carolina, since federal judges last October overturned the state's constitutional amendment that limited marriage to a man and a woman.

  • Walker calls gay marriage ruling a 'grave mistake' 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 2:56 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to launch a run for president within weeks, on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide a "grave mistake" and renewed his call for an amendment to the Constitution allowing states to determine who can marry.

  • Vander Plaats says gay marriage ruling 'exceptionally wrong' 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 2:47 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The latest reaction in Iowa to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage (all times local):

  • The Latest: Arkansas lawmaker seeks amendment on marriage 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 2:22 pm

    The Latest on the impact of Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling in Arkansas: (All times Central)

  • West Virginia reacts to gay marriage ruling 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 12:50 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia officials are reacting to the Supreme Court's historic ruling that says same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Same-sex marriages in West Virginia had already been legal for months due to lower-court decisions.

  • The Latest: Gov says same-sex marriage legal in North Dakota 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 12:02 pm

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - The latest North Dakota reaction to the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States (all times local):

  • Judge blocks Kansas' ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedure story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 9:56 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - A judge on Thursday blocked Kansas' first-in-the-nation ban on an abortion procedure that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus, concluding that the law would likely present too big of an obstacle for women seeking to end their pregnancies.

  • The Latest: Kansas AG says abortion ruling 'unprecedented' story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 9:19 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - The latest on Kansas' first-in-the nation ban on a procedure that anti-abortion activists call "dismemberment abortion." (All times local):

  • 40,000 gallons of sewage spills into Lawrenceville lake 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 8:39 pm

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia - Officials say 40,000 gallons of raw sewage has leaked into a lake at a Lawrenceville park.

  • Myanmar's parliament blocks changes to constitution story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 5:30 pm

    YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's parliament voted against several constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year.

  • Delaware Senate rejects amendment expanding bail denial 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 6:49 pm

    DOVER, Delaware - The state Senate dealt a resounding defeat Tuesday to a proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

  • Suu Kyi warns instability could delay Myanmar elections 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 5:07 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told her party's senior members Saturday that this year's general election could be delayed if there is any instability in the country.

  • World shocked at enduring racism, gun violence in US story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 3:38 pm

    BEIJING - Often the target of U.S. human rights accusations, China wasted little time returning such charges following the shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina that left nine people dead. Elsewhere around the world, the attack renewed perceptions that Americans have too many guns and have yet to overcome racial tensions.