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Colombians stage kiss-a-thon in support of LGBT rights

Apr. 17, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Dozens of same sex couples kissed simultaneously outside an upscale shopping mall in Colombia's capital Wednesday, in the latest demonstration calling for LGBT rights in the South American country. The "kiss-a-thon" was held just days after two gay men in their early 20s were...

Despite recusal, prosecutor told deputy Smollett overcharged

Apr. 17, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Despite recusing herself from the case, Chicago's top prosecutor weighed in on the allegations against Jussie Smollett last month, telling a deputy that she believed her office had overcharged the "Empire" actor, according to newly released texts and emails. The text message exchange...

Buttigieg to Democrats: Don't get bogged down zinging Trump

Apr. 17, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says President Donald Trump is "kind of like a Chinese finger trap — you know, the harder you pull, the more you get stuck" and warns that Democrats shouldn't get bogged down in trying to "knock him flat with some zinger." In...

Faith-based adoption agency sues after Michigan settlement

Apr. 15, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan's U.S. District Court on...

Supreme Court rejects death row appeal over anti-gay juror

Apr. 15, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is again rejecting a gay death row inmate's appeal that claims jurors in South Dakota were biased against him because of his sexual orientation. The justices did not comment on Monday in leaving in place the death sentence for Charles Rhines. Rhines was convicted in the...

Dallas transgender woman brutally beaten in broad daylight

Apr. 14, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Police canvassed a Dallas neighborhood during the weekend in search of anyone who may have witnessed the brutal beating of a transgender woman in an attack that happened in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people and that was caught on cellphone video. Detectives were seeking clues in...

Man who says he helped actor stage attack wins boxing title

Apr. 14, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of two brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to help him stage a racist, anti-gay attack against himself has won an amateur boxing title in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo became a Chicago Golden Gloves champion with a technical knockout Friday...

Morehouse College to admit transgender men starting in 2020

Apr. 13, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

The country's only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta told The...

Students at Mormon-owned BYU urge honor code compassion

Apr. 12, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Several hundred students at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University chanted "If God forgives me, why can't you?" during a protest Friday aimed at pushing college officials to be more compassionate with punishments for violators of rules banning things that are commonplace at other colleges...

Buttigieg, once cordial to Pence, now critical amid campaign

Apr. 12, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg blasts Vice President Mike Pence's cultural and religious conservatism. But as the mayor of Indiana's fourth largest city, his tone toward the state's Republican former governor was more muted. During the four years...