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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Chick-fil-A halts donations to 3 groups against gay marriage

Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

State, baker end legal spat over transgender woman’s cake

A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds and state officials said Tuesday that they would end a separate legal fight …


Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

Cuba’s government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018

Here’s why the Arlene’s Flowers case is back in the state Supreme Court’s hands

The Arlene’s Flowers case is back before the state Supreme Court, nearly two years after justices unanimously ruled that the Richland flower shop’s owner broke the law when she refused …


Kentucky clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples loses to Democrat

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, lost Tuesday in her re-election bid for the Rowan County clerkship.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

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 …


Trump actions re-ignite states rights’ debate

Lawmakers and others in Democratic-learning states have been howling over the past year about actions by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans that they say have undermined states’ rights. That …


Jay Ambrose: The right not to design a cake

Whatever ideologically driven legalese says, Jack Philips was discriminating against no one. He was not getting in the way of gay marriage.


Gay marriage advocates celebrate ahead of Australian vote

Gay rights advocates celebrated outside Australia’s Parliament House on Thursday in anticipation of same-sex marriage being legalized within hours.


In Kentucky town, gay-marriage opponent Davis still divides

The last place Lincoln Caudill expected to see his eastern Kentucky hometown was on a television in a Philadelphia restaurant, yet there it was in the summer of 2015, flickering …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Australians endorse gay marriage, ensuring Parliament bill

Australians supported gay marriage in a postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court is asked to block Mississippi LGBT law

Advocates of same-sex marriage are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a new Mississippi law that lets government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to …


Mormon leader reaffirms faith’s opposition to gay marriage

A top Mormon leader reaffirmed the religion’s opposition to same-sex marriage on Saturday during a church conference – and reminded followers watching around the world that children should be raised …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017

‘Ja’ at last: 1st same-sex couples in Germany to wed Sunday

The two civil servants from Berlin are expected to become the first gay couple to tie the knot in Germany when a law allowing same-sex marriages takes effect Sunday.


Judge: City wrong to bar farmer over gay marriage views

A judge has ordered a Michigan city to make room again for an apple grower who was barred from a seasonal market because he doesn’t allow gay couples to get …


Eye on Boise: Ahlquist alters his ‘blueprint’ plank on same-sex marriage

Idaho GOP candidate for governor Tommy Ahlquist has changed the wording on his website about his position on gay marriage, deleting a section that many read as a promise to …


Germany legalizes same-sex marriage after Merkel U-turn

German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a move widely supported across the country that brings Germany in line with many of its Western peers. Chancellor Angela Merkel voted …


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel paves a path toward gay marriage

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has signaled a shift on gay marriage, calling for a vote in parliament on legalizing same-sex unions.


Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

Spokane hoists pride flag above City Hall for first time

The rainbow colors of the gay pride flag, a rallying symbol for LGBT communities, will fly downtown above City Hall through Saturday, when the city will observe its 26th annual …


San Francisco archbishop who pushed to ban gay marriage dies

A retired San Francisco archbishop who helped lead a contentious and successful 2008 California ballot measure to ban gay marriage has died. He was 80.


Private college mandates staff opposition to gay marriage

A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. One faculty member says she and eight of …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Texas court hears case that could dent gay marriage right

The Texas Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a Houston case that top Republicans hope will provide an opening to chip away at the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage …


Court upheld law, equality in florist case

It doesn’t matter whether it’s floral arrangements in Richland or milk shakes at a Southern soda fountain. Religion doesn’t provide a free pass.


Arkansas court throws out ruling on birth certificate law

Arkansas’ highest court has thrown out a judge’s ruling that could have allowed married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children’s birth certificates without a …


Couples file appeal over North Carolina gay-marriage law

Three couples have asked an appeals court to revive their challenge to a North Carolina law allowing magistrates with religious objections to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.


Gays can be reformed, just like arsonists, Trump’s new domestic policy adviser has said

Ken Blackwell, tapped last week by President-elect Donald Trump to head domestic policy during the businessman’s transition to the White House, has made anti-LGBT statements for years. Among them: Homosexuality …


North Carolina gay-marriage law challenge dismissed by judge

A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to a North Carolina law that says magistrates with religious objections can refuse to marry same-sex couples.


Lawsuit nixed against Kentucky clerk who fought gay marriage

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Gay Marriage: Court rejects GOP claim in North Carolina case

A federal judge has rejected claims by GOP leaders that North Carolina’s attorney general – a Democrat running for governor – won’t adequately defend a state law that lets magistrates …