- Court: Sherri Shepherd can't get out of surrogacy contract Updated: Nov-24-15 7:56 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Television personality and actress Sherri Shepherd has been found legally responsible for a child born to a surrogate she and her ex-husband hired before they divorced, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled this week in upholding the surrogacy contract.
- Idaho officials approve payment in same-sex marriage case Updated: Nov-24-15 5:22 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho Board of Examiners has approved spending about $34,500 from the state's Constitutional Defense Fund to pay attorney fees and court costs involving the state's losing legal battle over a ban on same-sex marriage.
- Suit seeks to restore parental rights in lost baby case Updated: Nov-24-15 2:18 pm
ST. LOUIS - Fifty years after a St. Louis gospel singer said she was told that her daughter died at birth - a claim disputed by authorities - and months after the 76-year-old woman learned that her daughter was still alive, a judge is being asked to restore the birth mother's parental rights.
- Baptists urge Greenville church to repent after gay marriage Updated: Nov-24-15 7:56 am
GREENVILLE, South Carolina - Two Baptist groups have urged a Greenville church to repent after its pastor performed a same-sex wedding off campus.
- Couple who sued over Texas' ban on gay marriage tie the knot Updated: Nov-23-15 9:19 pm
SAN ANTONIO - One of the same-sex couples who had challenged Texas' constitutional ban on gay marriage has finally tied the knot.
- Man pleads guilty to death of 3-year-old son Updated: Nov-23-15 5:47 pm
ROCKVILLE, Maryland - An Iraq war veteran has pleaded guilty to his role in the death of his 3-year-old son months after he and his wife adopted the boy from South Korea.
- Judge: 3 gay couples can amend kids' birth certificates Updated: Nov-23-15 1:35 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A Pulaski County judge said Monday that three same-sex couples who sued the state for refusing to name both spouses on the birth certificates of their children can get the documents amended to list both names.
- Figures detail absences by students at Michigan schools Updated: Nov-23-15 6:23 am
LANSING, Michigan - Newly released state figures show that in some Michigan school districts half or more of students are chronically absent.
- Rush for gay couples to marry in Montana declines Updated: Nov-22-15 5:47 pm
GREAT FALLS, Montana - The initial rush for gay couples to marry in Montana has declined after 436 couples married during the first year since the state's marriage ban ended, but couples say they're happy with the changes that have made their lives easier.
- Massachusetts courts participate in National Adoption Day Updated: Nov-21-15 4:37 pm
HADLEY, Massachusetts - More than 100 children were formally adopted in five courthouses across Massachusetts as part of the 13th annual National Adoption Day.
- Domestic violence shelter needs funding to stave off closure Updated: Nov-21-15 2:37 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - One of the two domestic violence shelters serving South Dakota's most populous city may soon be shuttered if supporters can't secure funding to keep it open.
- Ex-Rhode Island man sought in child support case Updated: Nov-21-15 11:25 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - Federal prosecutors say an arrest warrant has been issued for a former Jamestown man who is accused of owing more than $250,000 in child support payments for his three children.
- How the Omaha zoo gets its animals Updated: Nov-21-15 11:02 am
OMAHA, Nebraska - When the zoo wants to buy an animal, like its three recently acquired giraffes, it uses a sort of animal matchmaker.
- Judge blocks fast-tracking of licenses for family detention Updated: Nov-20-15 7:57 pm
SAN ANTONIO - A state judge has ruled that Texas can't implement emergency rules to fast-track licensing of two immigrant family detention facilities as residential child care centers.
- Wife had described man accused in Texas killings as violent Updated: Nov-20-15 6:28 pm
DALLAS - The wife of an East Texas man charged with killing a family at a campsite detailed his violent behavior in a court record almost a decade ago, saying he had punched, pushed and threatened to kill her.
- ACLU says Kentucky clerk should have to reissue licenses Updated: Nov-20-15 5:29 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The American Civil Liberties Union says a Kentucky county clerk's office should reissue altered marriage licenses even though the governor has promised to recognize them as valid.
- Utah man sues over alleged same-sex marriage discrimination Updated: Nov-20-15 2:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah man says the college where he worked discriminated against him because he was in a same-sex marriage, denying the couple benefits and forcing him out of a job.
- Court: Mom brought kids, 3 and 2, to priest for exorcism Updated: Nov-20-15 1:27 pm
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey - An appeals court upheld stripping parental rights from a New Jersey couple after a long series of damaging behavior, including when the mother took the children to a priest for an exorcism while the father was in prison.
- Portugal allows same-sex adoption, artificial insemination Updated: Nov-20-15 8:43 am
LISBON, Portugal - Portugal's Parliament has approved laws allowing same-sex couples to legally adopt children and permitting lesbians to obtain medically assisted fertilization.
- Group to suggest easing day care permit requirement in Minot Updated: Nov-20-15 8:14 am
MINOT, North Dakota - A committee will recommend that the city of Minot eliminate a costly permit requirement following child care providers' complaints.
- Film shows interracial pair's battle for the right to marry Updated: Nov-20-15 3:52 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Vintage cars lined the Virginia drag racing track where men and women wearing high-waisted pants and long skirts waited eagerly for popcorn at the concession stand and children darted in and out of the crowd. But as soon as the movie director yelled "cut," the actors relaxed, chatted and pulled on coats to stay warm in between shots on a cold, rainy afternoon.
- NY gets retailer accord on domestic violence victims Updated: Nov-20-15 3:02 am
ALBANY, New York - New York's attorney general says retailer The Bon-Ton Stores has agreed to revise its policy toward employees who are domestic-violence victims and won't require they have a protective court order to continue working.
- Men who tried to push Jewish man into divorce are sentenced Updated: Nov-19-15 7:33 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Three New York men who tried to coerce a Jewish man into giving his wife a religious divorce were sentenced on Thursday.
- Suit challenging religious objections order going to trial Updated: Nov-19-15 3:37 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A lawsuit challenging Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order offering protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage is headed to trial.
- Indian surrogates feel hurt by gov't ban on foreign clients Updated: Nov-18-15 10:43 pm
NEW DELHI - For thousands of childless couples the world over, India has been the go-to destination to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents, thanks to its well-trained doctors, well-appointed fertility clinics and vast numbers of poor women willing to serve as surrogate mothers.