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High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake

Jun. 17, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. The justices handed bakers in the Portland, Oregon, area a small victory by throwing out a...

Same-sex couple featured on 'My Little Pony' for first time

Jun. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coinciding with Pride Month, the Discovery Family cartoon series "My Little Pony" has introduced a same-sex couple on the show for the first time. Writer-producer Michael Vogel told People on Thursday the timing of the episode, "The Last Crusade," is a happy coincidence. The episode...

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

Jun. 12, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's highest court authorized same-sex marriage Wednesday in a landmark case seeking to expand LGBT rights in the small South American nation. The decision by the Constitutional Court came after a lengthy legal battle waged by several couples and gay rights advocates. With the...

Botswana decriminalizes gay sex in landmark Africa case

Jun. 11, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation...

Botswana's High Court rules that sections of the penal code criminalizing same-sex relations are unconstitutional

Jun. 11, 2019 5:36 AM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana's High Court rules that sections of the penal code criminalizing same-sex relations are unconstitutional.

Rights group cheers Bhutan's move toward legalizing gay sex

Jun. 9, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A global rights group on Sunday welcomed Bhutan's move toward becoming the latest South Asian nation to decriminalize homosexuality. The tiny Himalayan kingdom's lower house of Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to repeal provisions that said "unnatural sex" is illegal. The bill...

Missouri restaurant cancels lesbian couple's reception meal

Jun. 7, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A couple says that a suburban St. Louis restaurant canceled their wedding rehearsal after learning they're gay. Bride-to-be Mindy Rackley says issues arose Tuesday when Madison's Cafe in O'Fallon called her fiancee, Kendall Brown, to confirm details of the June 13 dinner. When Brown...

DA: Gay couples shouldn't get domestic violence protection

Jun. 6, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls for an investigation after saying gay people shouldn't receive domestic violence protections, arguing that such laws are designed to protect the "sanctity of marriage." Hundreds of lawyers from across the state say they want the...

Hong Kong court: Denying same-sex spousal benefits unlawful

Jun. 6, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal said Thursday the government cannot deny spousal employment benefits to same-sex couples, in a ruling hailed as a major step forward for same-sex equality in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The court overturned an earlier judgment, saying...

Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal says denying spousal employment benefits to same-sex couples is unlawful

Jun. 6, 2019 3:12 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal says denying spousal employment benefits to same-sex couples is unlawful.