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  • Challenge to Arkansas gay marriage ban heard 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:31 pm
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing that he expected to issue a ruling within two weeks.

  • Judge in gay marriage case asks pointed questions 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:10 pm
  • DENVER - A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:30 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa, enhancing the party's chances of regaining control of the chamber.

  • Pregnant woman apparently was stabbed to death 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 7:53 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Missouri - A pregnant Springfield woman who was found dead in her home had reported being a victim of domestic assault several times in the past.

  • Woman gets 10 years for trying to shoot husband 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:02 am
  • VANCOUVER, Washington - Prosecutors say a Vancouver, Washington, woman who fetched a pistol and pointed it at her then-husband's head after they disagreed during a divorce discussion has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

  • Judge won't merge suits on same-sex marriage ban 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:02 pm
  • PHOENIX - A federal judge is refusing to combine two separately filed lawsuits challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Couple asks Supreme Court to nix marriage ban 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:57 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - A same-sex couple has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban.

  • Report: High-quality child care lacking in W.Va. 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:04 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Child care programs of minimum or unrated quality are watching over about 93 percent of West Virginia children enrolled in them, a report released Wednesday said.

  • Delay sought on NC same-sex marriage lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:19 am
  • CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - North Carolina's attorney general is asking a judge to delay the most recent lawsuit over the state's same-sex marriage ban, saying an order expected later this year in another case likely will resolve the situation.

  • AG, lawyers disagree over gay marriage appeal path 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:05 am
  • DETROIT - Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case.

  • No discussion on SC anti-domestic violence bills 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:23 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A Senate committee on Tuesday postponed discussion of legislation targeting domestic violence in South Carolina because the Senate session ran late.

  • Judge takes up ban on domestic partner benefits 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:49 pm
  • DETROIT - A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday.

  • House rejects move notice to non-custodial parents 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:13 pm
  • PHOENIX - The Arizona House on Tuesday rejected a bill that would have made it more difficult for a divorced mother or father to move with the children without getting the approval of a court.

  • Snyder signs legislation to speed up adoptions 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:26 pm
  • LANSING, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation designed to speed up adoptions.

  • Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:13 pm
  • CINCINNATI - Attorneys for the state of Ohio asked a federal judge Tuesday to stay his decision ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, a request the judge said he was inclined to grant.

  • New Ohio gay marriage ballot language approved 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:38 am
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified the language in a new version of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overturning the state's gay marriage ban.

  • Indiana officials consider funding for adoptions 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 11:04 am
  • INDIANAPOLIS - After about a year of fostering toddler Antoinette, Jackie Townsend adopted the 5-year-old she describes as the "prettiest little thing."

  • A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:04 am
  • The Flint Journal. April 8.

  • Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 12:04 am
  • LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values.

  • Wood County toddler found wandering outside 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 7:23 pm
  • WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wisconsin - A Wood County agency took custody of an 18-month-old boy this week who was found wandering about a block away from his home while his father slept.

  • Chuck Lorre's sitcom 'Mom' adopts serious tone 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 9:59 am
  • LOS ANGELES - A pregnant teenager, the daughter of an unmarried mother and granddaughter of another, is repeating family history. Does she decide to keep her baby and do her immature best to raise it, or choose adoption for her offspring?

  • UN conference provokes heated gay rights debate 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:52 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said.

  • Mark Sanford accused of violating divorce terms 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:52 pm
  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The ex-wife of U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford has accused the congressman of violating the couple's divorce agreement.

  • Utah AG: Defense of marriage ban not about hate 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:34 pm
  • SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday during a rally of gay marriage opponents that his defense of the state's same-sex marriage ban in a federal appeals court is not motivated by hate.

  • State GOP mulls place of social issues on platform 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:16 pm
  • LAS VEGAS - Nevada Republicans meeting for a statewide convention in Las Vegas will decide this weekend whether to follow the lead of the state's largest county and strip hot-button social issues from the party platform.