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This Sept. 19, 2020, photo provided by the Supreme Court, shows the Bench draped for the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court in Washington. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)

'Justice Joan' Larsen emerges as finalist for Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of the women on Donald Trump’s short list to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court got her first taste of politics as a college student stuffing envelopes for Democrat Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential run. But, by 1996, Joan L. Larsen was volunteering...

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...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo, Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith speaks during a news conference at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding for Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender female track athletes, including Smith, who argued that two transgender female runners had an unfair physical advantage, the federal agency's office for civil rights determined in May that Connecticut's policy violates the civil rights of athletes who are not transgender. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)

Federal funding threatened over transgender athlete policy

Sep. 17, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports. In response to a complaint filed last year by several cisgender...

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,...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2018 file photo, Chick-fil-A signage is displayed in downtown, Athens, Ga. Chick-fil-A said Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, that it no longer plans to open a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, even though the Texas city relented and agreed to let it do so after more than a year of legal wrangling. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Chick-fil-A: No longer seeking lease at San Antonio airport

Sep. 14, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Chick-fil-A said Monday that it no longer plans to open a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, even though the Texas city relented after more than a year of legal wrangling that began when some city leaders opposed the fast-food chain getting a spot, citing donations made by company...

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...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, Andrew Gillum, then-Democratic candidate for governor, speaks at a news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Guillum told a television interviewer, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, that he is bisexual. Gillum was responding to rumors swirling since March when he was found intoxicated in a hotel room with two men, including one who works as a male escort. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

2018 Florida gubernatorial nominee says he is bisexual

Sep. 14, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor in 2018, told a television interviewer he is bisexual, responding to rumors swirling since March after he was found intoxicated and unconscious in a hotel room with two men, including one who works as a male escort. ...