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FILE - In this April 28, 2015 file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington. In 2019, there were slightly less than 1 million same-sex couple households in the U.S., and a majority of those couples were married. New figures released Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that of the 980,000 same-sex couple households, 58% were married couples and 42% were unmarried partners. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Gay marriages rise 5 years after Supreme Court ruling

Sep. 17, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages around the U.S., more than a half million households are made up of married same-sex couples, according to figures the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. Since 2014, the year before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized...

City Council approves Tulsa's first hate crimes ordinance

Sep. 17, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa City Council has unanimously approved the first hate crimes ordinance for Oklahoma's second-largest city. The council approved the measure Wednesday, and Mayor G.T. Bynum said he supports it and will sign it into law. It's similar to an existing state hate crimes law, but...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Justice minister accuses EU of 'attack' on Polish democracy

Sep. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister accused the European Union of waging an “attack on democracy" after the European Parliament passed a resolution criticizing lax adherence to the rule of law and discrimination against women, LGBT people and minorities in the EU member-state. Justice...

FILE - This Sunday, July 12, 2020 file photo shows Polish President Andrzej Duda joined by with wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda, right, and daughter Kinga Duda, on the night of his re-election, in Pultusk, Poland. Duda has appointed his 25-year-old daughter as an unpaid adviser on social issues, a move that has triggered accusations of nepotism.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

Poland's president appoints daughter as unpaid advisor

Sep. 17, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president, Andrzej Duda, has appointed his 25-year-old daughter, Kinga, to be an unpaid adviser on social issues. The president stressed on Twitter late Wednesday that his daughter was working as a volunteer and “does not receive any remuneration." The appointment...

FILE -- In this Saturday, July 20, 2019 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center right, and German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, center left, bow in front of soldiers during an oath-taking ceremony of the German army at the Defence Ministry in Berlin, Germany. Germany's defense minister is apologizing for decades of discrimination against gay servicepeople in the military until a change of policy in 2000. A study commissioned by the defense ministry and being presented Thursday documented “systematic discrimination” from 1955 until the end of the 20th century. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany apologizes for past military anti-gay discrimination

Sep. 17, 2020 4:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is apologizing for decades of discrimination against gay servicepeople in the military until a change of policy in 2000. A study commissioned by the defense ministry and being presented Thursday documented “systematic discrimination” in the Bundeswehr...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (AP Photo, Francisco Seco)

Official says Polish 'LGBT-free zones' have no place in EU

Sep. 16, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official strongly denounced the stigmatization of LGBT people by authorities in Poland, saying on Wednesday that “LGBT-free zones” that have been declared in parts of the country have no place in the EU. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen,...

Transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win in the primary for the Delaware Senate, watches a computer screen at her watch party in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

Transgender activist wins Delaware state senate primary

Sep. 16, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Transgender activist Sarah McBride won a Democratic state Senate primary in Delaware on Tuesday and is poised to make history as the first transgender person elected to the state's General Assembly. McBride, who interned at the White House during President Barack Obama’s...

FILE - Daymond John of ABC's Shark Tank speaks at the Manufacturer and Business Association's 113th Annual Event at the Bayfront Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Erie, Pa. Lowe's is offering small businesses, particularly those owned by minorities, the “Shark Tank” treatment. The home improvement chain is teaming up with Daymond John to give potential suppliers the chance to pitch their products to a Fortune 500 company.( Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP, File)

Lowe's offers small businesses the "Shark Tank" treatment

Sep. 15, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lowe's is offering small businesses, particularly those owned by minorities, the “Shark Tank” treatment. The home improvement chain is teaming up with Daymond John, star of ABC’s “Shark Tank," to give potential suppliers the chance to pitch their products to a...

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Emmy predictions when predicting the future is folly

Sep. 15, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

Stipulated: “Watchmen” will win the Emmy Award for best limited series and Regina King, its indomitable center, will be honored at Sunday's largely virtual ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Most everything else about the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards is a question mark, including how smoothly the...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda speaks to parliament members after he had been sworn in for a second term, at the parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Many of Poland's former leaders abstained from the ceremony to show disapproval for his first term policies.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland criticized in EU Parliament over courts, LGBT rights

Sep. 14, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative government came under criticism Monday in the European Parliament, where some lawmakers called for it to lose European Union funding over its rule of law record and its stigmatization of LGBT people. The parliament was discussing a new report on fundamental...