Latest Marriage News

Is America ready for gay president? Iowa casts first votes

Sep. 20, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president? That prompted a woman in the crowd to object with an...

Nepal's sexual minorities say progress in rights has stalled

Sep. 18, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal seized the lead in equal rights for sexual minorities in South Asia four years ago with a new constitution that forbids all discrimination based on sexual orientation. Even citizenship certificates and passports now allow a "non-male, non-female" category. But same-sex couples...

Mormon leader reaffirms church's opposition to gay marriage

Sep. 17, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed the religion's opposition to gay marriage Tuesday, while explaining that leaders lifted a short-lived ban on baptisms for children of gay parents because they felt the "heartache" it caused. Church president Russell...

The Latest: Mormon leader speaks about LGBT policies

Sep. 17, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a speech by the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' is reaffirming that the religion must stick to its opposition of gay marriage because God's law states...

Arizona artists win suit over same-sex wedding invitations

Sep. 16, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The free speech rights of two Christian artists who make wedding invitations were violated by an anti-discrimination ordinance in Phoenix that makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 4-3 decision reversed...

Lawyer: Virginia's change to marriage licenses insufficient

Sep. 16, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A lawyer whose clients are challenging a Virginia law requiring marriage applicants to disclose their race says the attorney general's attempt to make the requirement optional is insufficient. Three Virginia couples filed suit in federal court in Alexandria earlier this month...

LGBTQ Christians in Wisconsin look for a faith home

Sep. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Craig Dull was studying to be a Lutheran minister when he came out during his junior year of college. It wasn't planned. At the time, he said, he believed he could somehow pray away his innermost feelings. Maybe if he prayed hard enough, he thought, God would intervene and make him...

2 Pulse survivors host rally against gay 'lifestyle'

Sep. 15, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre hosted a Florida rally for people who say they have left behind homosexuality for Christianity. The Orlando Sentinel reports that about 100 people attended the Saturday rally organized by Angel Colon and Luis Javier Ruiz and the Florida...

Virginia AG: Race details not needed for marriage licenses

Sep. 13, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Couples planning to get married in the state will no longer have to disclose their race on their marriage application, Virginia's attorney general said. Clerks were notified of the change in an email late Friday, about a week after three couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging the...

German police conduct human trafficking raids, detain 9

Sep. 12, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say police in Berlin and four German states have raided 33 sites in connection with human trafficking and detained nine Vietnamese citizens. Berlin prosecutors said Thursday the raids targeted suspects who allegedly arranged fake marriages and false acknowledgements of paternity...