- Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage Updated: Jul-01-15 4:16 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.
- Benefits offered for same-sex spouses of Texas state workers Updated: Jul-01-15 4:00 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Employees Retirement System of Texas said it's now allowing state workers to enroll their same-sex spouses for benefits following last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision, which paved the way for gay marriage nationwide.
- Gay marriage availability unclear in 2 Arkansas counties Updated: Jul-01-15 3:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - At least two Arkansas counties have not issued same-sex marriage licenses as clerks with religious objections struggle to comply with state and federal orders.
- More clerks to issue licenses as Hood and Bryant split Updated: Jul-01-15 3:00 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Seven Mississippi circuit clerks who had been delaying marriage licenses for same-sex couples say their concerns are eased following a Wednesday meeting with staff members for Attorney General Jim Hood. They say they will join most other counties and issue licenses.
- Midland court halts all marriages after same-sex ruling Updated: Jul-01-15 2:52 pm
MIDLAND, Michigan - A judge says Midland District Court has halted all wedding ceremonies in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry.
- Kentucky editorial roundup Updated: Jul-01-15 2:35 pm
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- Tennessee editorial roundup Updated: Jul-01-15 2:14 pm
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- Some counties still not issuing licenses to same-sex couples Updated: Jul-01-15 1:58 pm
ST. LOUIS - Some Missouri counties still won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week's Supreme Court ruling, prompting an advocacy group to threaten legal action Wednesday to force compliance.
- Religion news in brief Updated: Jul-01-15 12:35 pm
Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants
- NW La parish may be last same-sex marriage license holdout Updated: Jul-01-15 12:10 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A northwest Louisiana parish may be the last one not granting marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
- Tennessee store owner replaces 'No Gays Allowed' sign Updated: Jul-01-15 12:09 pm
RUTLEDGE, Tennessee - An East Tennessee hardware store owner who put up a "No Gays Allowed" sign in response to the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage says he decided to take a "bold" stand for his beliefs.
- North Dakota lawmaker defends Facebook post on gay marriage Updated: Jul-01-15 12:07 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A North Dakota Republican state lawmaker is defending a Facebook post in which he called the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a victory for the mentally ill.
- Episcopalians to vote on allowing gay marriage in churches Updated: Jul-01-15 11:55 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians were set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for gay couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
- Daycare: Same-sex marriage, finances reasons for closing Updated: Jul-01-15 10:40 am
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - A Las Cruces church daycare says it's closing due to troubled finances and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
- All Tennessee counties ready to issue gay marriage licenses Updated: Jul-01-15 10:11 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - All of Tennessee's county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates.
- Hood County to issue same-sex marriage licenses after all Updated: Jul-01-15 9:36 am
GRANBURY, Texas - A North Texas county will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though the clerk in charge of such documents says it's against her beliefs.
- Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Updated: Jul-01-15 5:13 am
ATLANTA - Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections.
- Polygamist leader's wife to testify against FLDS community Updated: Jul-01-15 5:04 am
SALT LAKE CITY - An estranged wife of polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs plans to testify against the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and two polygamist towns on the Utah-Arizona line.
- 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.
- Kansas AG dismisses state court case against gay marriage Updated: Jun-30-15 7:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has dismissed a case he filed last year with the state Supreme Court to keep counties from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Excerpts from editorials by Illinois newspapers Updated: Jun-30-15 6:56 pm
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- Gay couples ask judge to make counties comply with ruling Updated: Jun-30-15 6:49 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Groups representing same-sex couples Tuesday said more Alabama counties are beginning to follow the U.S Supreme Court's marriage ruling but want a federal judge to order reluctant probate judges to comply.
- State lawmakers discuss special session on same-sex marriage Updated: Jun-30-15 6:37 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Members of the House Republican Caucus are considering a special legislative session to address issues following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.
- 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.
- Obama calls string of recent victories 'gratifying' Updated: Jun-30-15 4:56 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama cast a string of legal and legislative victories last week on trade, health care and gay marriage as the "gratifying" culmination of years of work by his White House.