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Lawsuit: Former student ousted over gay couple counseling

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A former Missouri State University graduate student says in a federal lawsuit that the school kicked him out of a master’s program three years after he said counseling gay couples violated his religious beliefs.

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World

Pope insists conscience, not dogma, must lead faithful on sex, marriage

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Nation & World

Seattle mayor bans city employee travel to Mississippi

SEATTLE — Seattle’s mayor has barred the use of city funds for employee travel to Mississippi after its governor signed a law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on beliefs.

Date: 04/05/2016 | Northwest

Seattle mayor bans city employee travel to North Carolina

SEATTLE — Seattle’s mayor has banned city employee travel to North Carolina after a law was signed last week there preventing all cities and counties from passing anti-discrimination rules.

Date: 03/28/2016 | Northwest

Utah gay wedding expo connects couples, friendly firms

SALT LAKE CITY — Jason Langlois and Will Bladh are in the early stages of making plans for their summer 2017 wedding, and they don’t want their excitement pierced by the pain of being rejected by a venue, florist and photographer who have a legal right in Utah to refuse to serve a gay...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Business Wire

Washington florist to testify before Indiana Legislature

RICHLAND — A Washington florist who refused to provide flowers to a gay wedding is set to testify before an Indiana legislative committee.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest

Panel recommends removal of controversial judge

SALEM, Ore. — 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.

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest

Oregon bakery owners pay damages in gay wedding cake case

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple have paid more than $135,000 in state-ordered damages — after refusing to do so for nearly six months.

Date: 12/28/2015 | Northwest

Hearings for controversial Oregon judge expose disciplinary system

PORTLAND, Ore. — As public disciplinary hearings for an Oregon judge who refused to perform same-sex marriages begin, the public is able to get a rare glimpse of the state’s judicial disciplinary system.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

Oregon judge goes before disciplinary commission

PORTLAND, Ore. — A disciplinary hearing began Monday for an Oregon judge who is accused of a variety of ethics violations that include screening marriage applicants to exclude same-sex couples.

Date: 11/10/2015 | Northwest

Key U.S. races, issues: Pot loses in Ohio

In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states elected governors and legislators, some cities selected mayors, and a variety of major issues were settled at the ballot box.The elections were expected to be low-turnout affairs,...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Nation & World

Bishops call for a more welcoming Catholic church

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops called Saturday for a more welcoming church for cohabitating couples and Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried, endorsing Pope Francis' call for a more merciful and less judgmental church.Bishops from around the world adopted...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Bakery owners in Oregon refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case

PORTLAND, Ore. — The owners of a Portland-area bakery are refusing to pay $135,000 in state-ordered damages to a same-sex couple who were refused service.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest

Pope Francis outlines his issues

WASHINGTON — Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation's capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Nation & World

Kentucky county clerk says she won’t interfere with gay-marriage licenses

A Kentucky county clerk announced Monday that she would not interfere with her office granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ending, for now, a confrontation that put her behind bars for five days for defying a federal judge.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World

Clerk in gay-marriage fight back to work Friday or Monday

MOREHEAD, Ky. — After a five-day stint in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will return to work as soon as Friday to face another day of reckoning.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Nation & World

Oregon judge refusing to perform same-sex weddings investigated

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon judge under an ethics investigation after refusing to perform same-sex weddings has been accused of several allegations, including hanging a picture of Adolf Hitler in the courthouse.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Northwest

Kim Davis’ GOP supporters advocate lawlessness

What Kim Davis did was troubling. What Ted Cruz did was downright alarming.Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, refused to issue marriage certificates to gay couples. She said she was operating "under God's authority," but she now sits in jail for ignoring federal...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Oregon judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages

SALEM, Ore. — Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a spokesman for the judge said.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest

Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

ASHLAND, Ky. — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to issue the licenses themselves, potentially ending the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Nation & World

No option to reject one’s duty

"I would prefer not to."Kim Davis, echoing Herman Melville's, "Bartleby, the Scrivener," is the

Date: 09/03/2015 | Editorials

Supreme Court rules against Kentucky clerk in gay marriage case

MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Nation & World

Switch to civil unions would resolve debate

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Will polygamy be next in marriage debate?

The Supreme Court’s ruling last month in favor of same-sex marriage has renewed debate over polygamy and whether marriage should be restricted to relationships between two people.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

Trump knows what GOP wants to hear

It has been amusing to watch the brands — the PGA, NBC, Macy's, NASCAR, Univision, Serta — flee Donald Trump after his xenophobic remarks. Who even knew the Donald had a line of mattresses featuring Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam?But there is one entity...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Justices' dissents wrong on marriage, Constitution

Whatever else they may be, in their marriage-equality dissents the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court are neither impartial nor innocent callers of balls and strikes, as Chief Justice Roberts famously feigned at his confirmation hearing. It doesn't take much understanding of the...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

With marriage and liberty for all

Viewpoints: Does court's ruling threaten religious liberty?

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Upholding the law a duty, not an option

Last Friday's Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges raised some new legal questions, but it answered one resoundingly: States must license and recognize same-sex marriages. Strange, then, that some are still trying to keep courthouse doors closed to gay and lesbian couples:...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Commentary

Resisting court ruling will only lead to regret

After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing battle not just against the court, but a majority of Americans.Some...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A powerful message

Deep gratitude expressed for same-sex decision

Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News

Emotions mixed after gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO — This city changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Liias says Supreme Court decision makes promise of America real

After the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, Democratic 21st District State Sen. Marko Liias said that the decision enhances the promise of America for gay and lesbian families.

Date: 06/29/2015 | South County Politics

Celebrate right for all to wed

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ended, in one sense, same-sex marriage.Now, in every state in the union, we can use just one word: marriage, without need of any qualifier.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Editorials

Republican White House hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

DENVER — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to “unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature’s God” when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

Seattle gets rainbow crosswalks for Pride Week

SEATTLE — Seattle has new rainbow-colored crosswalks for Pride Week, and it plans to keep them for years.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Northwest

A right denied in 1 state is injustice

All loving couples deserve equal rights under the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has an important opportunity to help make that a reality.Two years ago, the Supreme Court took a step toward marriage equality when it declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary

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