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Court again rules against florist who refused gay couple

A Richland florist did not face religious intolerance as government officials considered the case of whether she could refuse to provided flowers for the wedding of a gay couple, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday

Mormons to stay outdoors after split with Boy Scouts

The Mormon church’s new youth program, which will roll out in 2020 when it cuts all ties with Boy Scouts of America, will still include outdoor and adventure activities even as the initiative becomes more gospel-focused, the faith confirmed Friday.

Pride parades and rainbow art defy conservative Polish times

Pride celebrations come as LGBT activists say a conservative turn in Poland is forcing them to fight harder for their rights, even though their hope of seeing same-sex marriage legalized has no real chance in the country now.

Bermuda swaps same-sex marriage for domestic partnerships

Legislation replacing same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships in Bermuda was signed into law by the governor Wednesday as critics called it an unprecedented rollback of civil rights in the British island territory.

Rep. Heather Scott helps lead unsuccessful move to derail routine tax bill over same-sex marriage

When a routine bill from the state Tax Commission came up for a vote in the Idaho House on Wednesday – to conform 2017 Idaho income tax laws to federal changes, which is expected to have only minimal fiscal impact – Reps. Ron Nate, R-Rexburg, and Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, spoke out against passing the bill, saying it would amount to bowing to federal pressure to overlook the invalidated clause that’s still in the Idaho Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

Australia’s Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.