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Stories with subject: Religious issues
  • Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 10:14 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.

  • Ex-Sunday school teacher convicted of child molestation 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:35 pm

    SANTA ANA, California - A former volunteer Sunday school teacher in Orange County has been convicted of molesting six boys.

  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:08 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.

  • Congregants, protesters gather at Indiana Church of Cannabis story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:46 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - More than 100 people packed a pot-smoking Indianapolis church for a music-filled service without their illegal sacrament Wednesday, days after authorities threatened arrests if the congregation lit up during the rites.

  • Scores killed as militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:59 pm

    EL-ARISH, Egypt - Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers.

  • Daycare: Same-sex marriage, finances reasons for closing 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:54 pm

    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.

  • 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.

  • The Latest: Massive militant attack kills 64 Egyptian troops story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 1:45 pm

    CAIRO - The latest news on the coordinated militant attacks in Egypt's restive northern Sinai Peninsula that killed 64 soldiers (all times local):

  • Former death row inmate died of rare salivary gland cancer 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:23 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - A man who spent 30 years on Nebraska's death row for two cult murders died of a rare cancer in his salivary glands, according to a death certificate obtained Tuesday.

  • Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 3:58 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am

    Crunch time in Greece as bailout due to expire, IMF loan due with no deal in sight

  • La. court clerks get OK to issue same-sex marriage licenses story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 12:11 am

    NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans men celebrated what apparently was the first same-sex wedding in Louisiana as the last holdout state began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that marriage is a fundamental right for all Americans.

  • Texas issuing gay marriage licenses, despite AG's opinion story has photos
    Updated: Jun-29-15 7:30 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Many county clerks across Texas have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite instructions from the state attorney general that they could refuse to do so if it violates their religious beliefs. And most of the ones holding out say they are doing so for logistic - not religious - reasons.

  • Religious objections law to take effect months after uproar 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 1:47 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - The threats to boycott Indiana have faded since the uproar this spring over the state's religious objections law, which takes effect Wednesday. Yet, the law criticized as possible legal discrimination against gays and lesbians still troubles tourism efforts and looms over the state's politics.

  • Founder says Church of Cannabis won't use pot at service 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 1:32 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - The founder of a pot-smoking Indianapolis church that was formed to test the state's new religious objections law says his congregants won't use marijuana at their first church service after authorities threatened arrests.

  • Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 1:02 am

    NEW YORK - Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong.

  • Texas AG: State workers can deny licenses to gay couples story has photos
    Updated: Jun-28-15 8:56 pm

    LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

  • Conservative churches confront new reality on gay marriage 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 4:30 pm

    At First Baptist Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling "an affront in the face of Almighty God."

  • Some Montana schools missing vaccine benchmark, data shows 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 2:44 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - Vaccination rates at one in eight elementary schools in Montana are too low to ensure immunity from outbreaks of measles or whooping cough, new state data shows.

  • Pastor to Minnesota archdiocese: Release probe details 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 6:32 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - A prominent Catholic pastor has called on the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to release details of an internal investigation into former Archbishop John Nienstedt.

  • Some gay marriage opponents balk, while couples rush to wed story has photos
    Updated: Jun-27-15 1:54 pm

    CINCINNATI - With the mayor of Dayton declaring "you are now husband and husband," the wait for Ohio to allow same-sex marriage ended for a gay couple in the city just as it is ending for couples across the last states with bans on such unions - even if the opposition isn't over.

  • Q&A: Where Texas stands after same-sex marriage legalized 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 3:04 am

    AUSTIN, Texas - How same-sex marriage is reverberating across Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to wed:

  • The Latest: Bishop says marriage is always 1 man, 1 woman 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 5:46 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The latest reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states (all times are local):

  • Q&A: What the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling means story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 5:07 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was finally settled Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.

  • The Latest: Obama in Charleston for shooting victim funeral story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-26-15 4:24 pm

    The latest in the Charleston church shooting. (All times local.)