- Vatican defends reports of synod after pope's words disputed Updated: Oct-08-15 4:21 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican press office defended its reporting of a big meeting on family issues Thursday after a dispute arose over what Pope Francis told bishops behind closed doors about his hopes for a free and open debate.
- Trade deal, Keystone open Clinton to flip-flop charges Updated: Oct-08-15 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON - Martin O'Malley was blunt when he learned Hillary Rodham Clinton had announced her opposition to a Pacific Rim trade deal. "Wow, that's a reversal," he told reporters minutes after Clinton announced her shift.
- Alabama judge: Feds should issue same-sex marriage licenses Updated: Oct-08-15 3:18 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama probate judge is asking the state's Supreme Court for a way out of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Judge says Georgia's gay marriage ban can't be enforced Updated: Oct-08-15 2:16 pm
ATLANTA - A federal judge in Georgia has ruled that the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage cannot be enforced.
- Former state lawmaker sentenced for marriage fraud scheme Updated: Oct-08-15 5:16 am
PORTLAND, Maine - A former state lawmaker who was previously imprisoned for equity skimming has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for his role in aiding and abetting visa and marriage fraud.
- Bill would allow Florida churches to say no to gay marriages Updated: Oct-07-15 5:28 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A bill that would allow churches to refuse to marry gay couples won its first approval Wednesday even though its sponsor said churches already have that right and he knows of no cases in which a church has been forced to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony.
- Lawyers in gay marriage case get $1.9 million from Michigan Updated: Oct-07-15 3:59 pm
DETROIT - The state of Michigan agreed to pay $1.9 million to the lawyers who won the landmark gay marriage case at the U.S. Supreme Court, an attorney said Wednesday.
- County endures after hubbub over God's mercy, gay marriage Updated: Oct-07-15 2:41 pm
MARYVILLE, Tennessee - When commissioners in a Tennessee county scrapped an agenda that included a resolution asking for God's mercy despite ongoing gay marriages, they also effectively canceled their meeting, but officials have a workaround for that.
- Religion news in brief Updated: Oct-07-15 1:03 pm
County wants God's mercy after gay marriage ruling
- Fargo pastor resigns over gay marriage decision Updated: Oct-07-15 6:41 am
FARGO, North Dakota - A pastor is leaving his post at a Fargo church due to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide.
- Candidates bicker on range of issues in gubernatorial debate Updated: Oct-06-15 10:18 pm
DANVILLE, Kentucky - Democrat Jack Conway spoke out against arming teachers as a way to prevent schoolhouse shooting sprees, while Republican Matt Bevin advocated random drug testing for people receiving public assistance as the gubernatorial candidates bickered on a range of issues in a televised debate Tuesday night.
- Request for God's mercy on gay marriage lacking amen Updated: Oct-06-15 9:15 pm
MARYVILLE, Tennessee - A resolution asking God to have mercy on a Tennessee county for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples apparently didn't have a prayer of being considered Tuesday.
- Judge recognizes 1st common-law same-sex marriage in Texas Updated: Oct-06-15 8:25 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A judge has become the first to officially recognize a common-law same-sex marriage in Texas.
- Utah cites Warren Jeff as reason polygamy should be illegal Updated: Oct-06-15 5:41 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah prosecutors are invoking jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs as proof that plural marriage should be illegal in the state as they make arguments in a case brought by the stars of reality TV show "Sister Wives."
- Hassan's political philosophy shaped by advocacy for son Updated: Oct-06-15 3:16 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Democrat Maggie Hassan's career in public service began as a fight to ensure her son Ben, who has cerebral palsy, could participate fully in society. It led to a run for state Senate, then for governor and now, for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte.
- Pope aims to assure conservatives marriage doctrine safe Updated: Oct-06-15 11:29 am
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis sought Tuesday to assure conservatives that Catholic doctrine on marriage is safe, as a three-week meeting of bishops began hashing out how the church should welcome gays, divorcees and other Catholics in "irregular" unions.
- Kansas same-sex couples seek birth certificates Updated: Oct-06-15 11:18 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - Two same-sex couples say Kansas has refused to issue birth certificates listing them as parents of their children conceived through artificial insemination.
- Former Bismarck husband and wife plead not guilty to assault Updated: Oct-06-15 10:37 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A former husband and wife in Bismarck who are accused of assaulting the husband's alleged mistress have each pleaded not guilty to a felony aggravated assault charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
- Reparative therapy criticized by Southern Baptist theologian Updated: Oct-05-15 6:11 pm
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A prominent Southern Baptist theologian on Monday spoke out against psychological counseling aimed at turning gay people straight, saying homosexuality cannot be turned off like a switch. Instead, he said, the "sin" of being attracted to a person of the same sex can be changed by turning to the Bible's teachings.
- Familiar, divisive social issues on Supreme Court agenda Updated: Oct-05-15 2:04 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's new term began Monday with no cross words between the justices, although a steady stream of divisive social issues awaits them in the coming months.
- Law firm labeled hate group leading Kim Davis' crusade Updated: Oct-05-15 8:28 am
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - Kim Davis' lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.
- Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays Updated: Oct-02-15 10:48 pm
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.
- Warren Jeffs' son opens up about secretive polygamous sect Updated: Oct-02-15 10:05 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A son of jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs describes how he was manipulated, shuffled around the country and assigned to work crews to atone for his perceived transgressions before leaving the sect last year.
- Man gets long prison term, then gets married at courthouse Updated: Oct-02-15 6:23 pm
GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania - A man sentenced to at least 20 years in prison in one Pennsylvania courtroom has followed that up by walking into another courtroom to marry his girlfriend.
- Lawyers: Vatican official helped set up Kim Davis, pope meet Updated: Oct-02-15 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON - Lawyers for a Kentucky clerk at the center of the U.S. gay marriage debate say the Vatican ambassador to Washington helped arrange her meeting with Pope Francis last week.