- GOP proposes protections for clergy on gay marriage Updated: Jul-31-15 6:01 pm
ATLANTA - A top-ranking Republican leader wants to make clear that Georgia clergy can refuse to perform gay marriages, a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.
- Judge deems gay couple as spouses after 1 partner's death Updated: Jul-31-15 5:32 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A judge has recognized a 2001 same-sex union as a common-law marriage in Pennsylvania even though one partner died before gay marriage became legal, a ruling that has family lawyers across the state buzzing about the potential implications.
- Kansas won't prevent singles from being foster parents Updated: Jul-31-15 5:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas won't bar single people from serving as foster parents for abused and neglected children but hasn't decided whether to allow married same-sex couples to do so, an official said Friday.
- Lawsuit from prisoner who sought an abortion dismissed Updated: Jul-31-15 3:19 pm
FLORENCE, Alabama - A federal judge said he would dismiss a lawsuit filed by a pregnant prisoner who sought an abortion after the woman told him during a hearing Friday she had changed her mind and now wants to deliver the child, a reversal called "highly suspicious" by one of her lawyers.
- GOP proposes protections for already protected clergy Updated: Jul-31-15 3:01 pm
ATLANTA - A Republican wants to explicitly allow clergy in Georgia to refuse to perform gay marriages - a protection they already enjoy under the U.S. Constitution.
- Aiken deputies told not to make domestic violence arrests Updated: Jul-31-15 12:26 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - An Aiken County Sheriff's captain has instructed deputies not to file domestic violence charges unless the victim cooperates, citing a new law aimed at stemming South Carolina's persistently high rates of domestic abuse.
- New La. law taking effect Saturday targets 'revenge porn' Updated: Jul-31-15 7:35 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Sending "revenge porn" can land you behind bars, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening as hundreds of new Louisiana laws take effect Saturday.
- Judge defends actions in country singers' divorce case Updated: Jul-30-15 4:52 pm
SHAWNEE, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma judge is defending his actions in allowing country music stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to keep details of their divorce private.
- New grave marker for Pa. baby who inspired Safe Haven Law Updated: Jul-30-15 4:46 pm
SHAMOKIN DAM, Pennsylvania - A new bronze plaque has been installed with the help of dozens of donations seven months after one was stolen from the grave of a Pennsylvania infant who was killed in 2000.
- SPLC adds to ethics complaint against Justice Roy Moore Updated: Jul-29-15 7:10 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday accused Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore of violating judicial ethics with his public criticisms of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
- Estranged wife of polygamist leader added to witness list Updated: Jul-29-15 4:38 pm
PHOENIX - A judge presiding over a lawsuit that alleges religious discrimination by polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line has ruled that the estranged wife of polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs can testify at a Jan. 19 trial.
- Oklahoma day care closes after reports of sunburned children Updated: Jul-28-15 5:25 pm
VINITA, Oklahoma - A day care center in northeast Oklahoma shut its doors Tuesday after a mother reported her two young sons were severely sunburned during an outing to a local water park
- Only 40 gay couples apply to be married in SD in first month Updated: Jul-28-15 5:19 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Forty gay couples in South Dakota applied to be married during the first month following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized such unions across the country, according to data provided by the state Department of Health.
- Gay accuser questions Cosby's ability to 'read' sexual cues Updated: Jul-28-15 2:58 pm
PHILADELPHIA - A lawyer for Bill Cosby's first accuser on Tuesday questioned his self-described ability to "read" people's sexual cues given that her client is gay.
- Gay Catholic teacher says firing felt 'like a death' Updated: Jul-28-15 9:38 am
MERION, Pennsylvania - A suburban Philadelphia Catholic educator says being fired over her same-sex marriage felt like a death inside.
- Parental rights ended for mom convicted of killing 2 kids Updated: Jul-27-15 6:18 pm
DETROIT - A judge has terminated the parental rights of a Detroit mother who was convicted of killing two of her four children and placed their bodies in a deep freezer in the family's home.
- Gay marriage fight could cost taxpayers nearly $2 million Updated: Jul-25-15 8:00 pm
DETROIT - Lawyers who won a historic legal battle to strike down Michigan's ban on gay marriage are seeking nearly $2 million from the state.
- Anthropologist killed in crash left NY for jungle adventures Updated: Jul-25-15 9:02 am
ALBANY, New York - During her nearly quarter-century living in one of the most remote places on earth, Nancy Sullivan explored crocodile-infested rivers, endured numerous bouts of malaria and advocated for tribal societies threatened by encroaching development.
- Indianapolis archdiocese eliminating marriage annulment fee Updated: Jul-24-15 3:58 am
INDIANAPOLIS - The Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis is eliminating fees for marriage annulments, a step that follows comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Catholics to remarry.
- Justice: Court voted on narrow part of gay marriage case Updated: Jul-23-15 6:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Supreme Court voted on a narrow part of the state's case over gay marriage last month but only planned on issuing that decision if the nation's highest court didn't legalize same-sex marriage, a justice said Thursday.
- Suit: County worker fired for objecting to gay marriage Updated: Jul-23-15 6:05 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A former deputy clerk from southern Indiana says in a federal lawsuit she was fired for refusing to process a same-sex couple's marriage application.
- Father of school shooter pleads not guilty to gun charges Updated: Jul-23-15 4:30 pm
SEATTLE - The father of the Washington state teenager who fatally shot four high school classmates and then himself in October pleaded not guilty in federal court on Thursday to five new firearms charges.
- Judge won't intervene in Kelly Rutherford's custody dispute Updated: Jul-23-15 4:08 pm
LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday that he does not have the authority to make new custody orders in Kelly Rutherford's international custody battle because the actress now lives in New York.
- Suit says inmates can't marry, prison says they've had 6 wed Updated: Jul-23-15 3:56 pm
LUZERNE, Pennsylvania - A state prison where the American Civil Liberties Union and another advocacy group said inmates have been illegally denied marriage licenses has had six inmates get married since September, the prison's spokeswoman said.
- Randolph County to issue same-sex marriage licenses Updated: Jul-23-15 1:55 pm
POCAHONTAS, Arkansas - The Randolph County clerk says she'll issue same-sex marriage licenses after saying before that she was unsure if she would due to conflicts with her religion.