- After 2 ½ years, feds return money to man in marriage probe Updated: Feb-07-16 12:02 pm
WALLED LAKE, Michigan - Federal agents arrived around dawn at a home in suburban Detroit. Foggy at that hour and shirtless, the owner answered the door and was told he was the target of a sham marriage investigation.
- Arkansas Supreme Court race pits judge vs Little Rock lawyer Updated: Feb-07-16 11:02 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.
- Data: Indiana had 143 fatal domestic shootings from 2006-14 Updated: Feb-06-16 10:14 am
INDIANAPOLIS - FBI records show that Indiana reported more than 140 domestic violence-related fatal shootings from 2006 through 2014, although the number is likely higher because some of the state's law enforcement agencies didn't report such data.
- Lawmakers, magistrate want to defend gay marriage exemption Updated: Feb-05-16 3:54 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Two North Carolina lawmakers and a magistrate have asked a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law involving civil marriages challenged as discriminatory against gays.
- Lawmakers, magistrate want to defend gay marriage exemption Updated: Feb-05-16 3:04 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina legislators and a magistrate who won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples are asking a federal court to let them defend a religious exemption law challenged as discriminatory.
- Judge's order strikes down Nebraska ban on gay marriage Updated: Feb-05-16 2:58 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction striking down Nebraska's now-negated constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.
- Georgia House panel backs 'Pastor Protection' legislation Updated: Feb-04-16 5:19 pm
ATLANTA - Georgia law doesn't require religious officials to perform same-sex marriages, and a bill making that clear is moving through the Georgia House.
- Judge blocks policy preventing inmates from marrying Updated: Feb-04-16 4:56 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A district judge has issued an order to block a Nebraska prison policy that prevented two inmates from marrying.
- Utah lawmaker wants to revive polygamy ban with revisions Updated: Feb-03-16 7:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - In the wake of a court decision that de-criminalized polygamy in Utah, a state lawmaker unveiled a proposal Wednesday to revive the ban on living with multiple so-called spiritual wives.
- Justice Robert Cordy of state's high court to retire Updated: Feb-03-16 4:47 pm
BOSTON - Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity to make his first nomination to the state's highest court.
- Oklahoma lawmakers push social agendas amid budget crisis Updated: Feb-03-16 3:56 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The difficult task of plugging a $900 million hole in the state budget has not deterred conservative Oklahoma lawmakers from pushing their social agendas on abortion, gun rights and same-sex marriage.
- Virginia man in same-sex custody case ordered to prison Updated: Feb-02-16 9:06 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - A pastor convicted of helping a Virginia woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former Vermont same-sex partner has been ordered to federal prison after a court rejected an appeal of his 2012 conviction.
- The Latest: Chamber head says gay-rights failure hurts state Updated: Feb-02-16 5:52 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The Latest on the decision of Indiana Republican lawmakers to abandon efforts this year to extend anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation (all times local):
- Senate considers bill protecting same-sex marriage objectors Updated: Feb-01-16 3:11 pm
ATLANTA - A powerful Georgia Senate committee discussed but took no action Monday on a contentious bill allowing religious adoption agencies, schools, government workers and others to refuse services to same-sex couples without being penalized.
- Voters conflicted on relevance of Clinton marriage drama Updated: Jan-28-16 3:36 am
WASHINGTON - It's fair game. It's ancient history.
- Wife of pastor who was imprisoned in Iran seeks separation Updated: Jan-27-16 5:41 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The wife of an American pastor who was imprisoned for nearly four years in Iran filed court documents to legally separate from him the same day he returned home to Idaho, court records show.
- Nebraska's moot gay marriage ban could go to voters again Updated: Jan-27-16 4:23 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's defunct same-sex marriage ban could once again go before voters under a measure that seeks to remove it from the state constitution.
- French justice chief resigns amid flap over terrorism bill Updated: Jan-27-16 10:26 am
PARIS - France's charismatic justice minister unexpectedly resigned Wednesday after objecting to President Francois Hollande's push to revoke citizenship from convicted terrorists with dual nationality.
- Hawkins County approves anti-gay marriage resolution Updated: Jan-27-16 8:20 am
ROGERSVILLE, Tennessee - Despite last week's defeat of a proposed state bill that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, two Tennessee counties have attempted to vote on resolutions against the ruling.
- Italian gay rights debate prompts rethink of sacred family Updated: Jan-27-16 5:47 am
ROME - In Italy, family is considered so sacred that marriage is lauded in the Constitution. But what kind of family?
- Hawaii lawmakers: Ban gay conversion therapy for minors Updated: Jan-26-16 9:01 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill banning a hotly disputed treatment that aims to turn gay teens heterosexual on the basis that being gay is an illness.
- Mexico Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in Jalisco state Updated: Jan-26-16 7:42 pm
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Supreme Court has struck down language in a Jalisco state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman.
- 3 sentenced for roles in marriage fraud conspiracies Updated: Jan-26-16 8:31 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - A Jefferson City attorney was among three people sentenced in two separate marriage fraud conspiracies.
- Panel recommends removal of controversial judge Updated: Jan-25-16 8:50 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A state judicial fitness panel has recommended the removal of a Marion County judge who came under scrutiny last year for refusing to perform same-sex marriages based on his religious beliefs.
- Ex-member: No ranch work meant ouster from polygamist sect Updated: Jan-25-16 7:01 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge began hearing evidence Monday in a child labor case involving a Utah polygamous sect, including testimony from a former member who says she would have been kicked out of the faith if she didn't work on a pecan harvest.