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  • new story5th 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.

  • Kansas AG plans to appeal ruling blocking anti-abortion law 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 8:05 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas' attorney general plans to appeal a judge's ruling temporarily blocking the state's first-in-the-nation ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure.

  • House Republicans seek vote after 10 Commandments ruling 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:38 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman is joining the growing chorus of Republican legislators demanding action after the Supreme Court's decision to order the Ten Commandments monument removed from the Capitol grounds.

  • Ohio elections chief gets text of anti-monopoly measure 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:49 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The text of a hastily passed proposal to ban monopolies and cartels in Ohio's constitution has been delivered to the state elections chief for placement on the November ballot.

  • Florida AG Bondi wants solar initiative struck from ballot 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 3:29 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Attorney General Pam Bondi's office is asking the Florida Supreme Court to not allow a proposed constitutional amendment to promote solar energy on next year's ballot.

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

    Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:

  • Missouri Supreme Court keeps farming, gun rights measures 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 8:38 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld two constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right to farm and the right to bear arms, but also said voters could go to court to challenge the summaries of ballot issues even after they've been approved by voters.

  • All counties in Kansas allowing same-sex marriage licenses 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:58 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Same-sex couples could get marriage licenses in all 105 Kansas counties Tuesday, but the state wasn't yet allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver's licenses or file joint income tax returns.

  • Unenforceable gay marriage ban stays in state Constitution 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 5:15 pm

    HELENA, Montana - When the Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans nationwide last week, it torpedoed a provision of the Montana Constitution that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:08 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

  • 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):

  • 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)