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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg marches with demonstrators calling for a union and $15 minimum wage at McDonald's, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In SC, Buttigieg faces black voters wary of a gay candidate

Feb. 25, 2020 12:25 AM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state Sen. Gerald Malloy is fine with a gay presidential candidate like Pete Buttigieg. His older male relatives are not — and that may be the defining challenge of Buttigieg's campaign. As Buttigieg tries to sustain his early success in Iowa and New Hampshire, he...

FILE - This is a Jan. 27, 2020 file photo of The Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples.  The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to stop placing children with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's agency because it would not permit same-sex couples to serve as foster parents.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

Feb. 24, 2020 6:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples, a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court. The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to...

In this Feb. 13, 2020 photo, Christine Jackson, left, and Angela McDermitt-Jackson hold each other closely at their home in Montrose, Mich. The couple was married in Chicago in 2015. Their family is upset that daughter Destiney McDermitt was not allowed to write about gay marriage for a paper in school. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Michigan teacher won't let student write about gay marriage

Feb. 23, 2020 9:55 AM EST

MONTROSE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan teacher has denied a request from a student with two mothers to write about same-sex marriage for a class assignment. Destiny McDermitt, a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, was given an assignment earlier this month to write a speech discussing an issue they...

Maryland Senate OKs ban on housing income discrimination

Feb. 21, 2020 6:40 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has passed a measure that would ban landlords from discriminating against potential tenants, based on their source of income. The Senate approved the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act on a 34-12 vote Friday. A similar bill is pending in the House. The measure...

Maryland Senate OKs ban on housing income discrimination

Feb. 21, 2020 6:28 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has passed a measure that would ban landlords from discriminating against potential tenants, based on their source of income. The Senate approved the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act on a 34-12 vote Friday. A similar bill is pending in the House. The measure...

House panel OKs Idaho bill to ban transgender women athletes

Feb. 20, 2020 11:54 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation preventing transgender women from participating in sports that align with their gender identity headed to the House on Thursday. The House State Affairs Committee approved the bill by Republican Rep. Barbara Ehardt after public testimony on Wednesday. The legislation would...

In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts gavels the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump to an end in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. The U.S. Senate has acquitted Trump, ending only the third presidential trial in American history. (Senate Television via AP)

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

Feb. 20, 2020 11:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues. The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump's tax and other financial records, abortion,...

In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 photo Harvard Medical School student Aliya Feroe, of Minneapolis, Minn., poses for a photograph on the school's campus, in Boston. Feroe recalls a flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. Medical schools are beefing up education on LBGTQ health issues. And some schools are making a big push to recruit LGBTQ medical students, backed by research showing that patients often get better care when treated by doctors who are more like them. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

Feb. 20, 2020 10:49 AM EST

Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising about condoms and pregnancy prevention. For Tim Keyes,...

FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, Sidney Draughon holds a sign as she takes part in a protest in Provo, Utah, against how the Brigham Young University Honor Code Office investigates and disciplines students. Brigham Young University in Utah has revised its strict code of conduct to strip a rule that banned any behavior that reflected

Mormon-owned BYU eases rules on 'homosexual behavior'

Feb. 19, 2020 8:08 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University in Utah has revised its strict code of conduct to strip a rule that banned any behavior that reflected “homosexual feelings," which LGBTQ students and their allies felt created an unfair double standard not imposed on heterosexual couples. The...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks at a rally held by Fairness Campaign to advance LGBTQ rights, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in the Rotunda at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Governor makes history by attending gay rights rally

Feb. 19, 2020 7:02 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear spoke against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and supported a ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth during a historic appearance at a gay-rights rally Wednesday at Kentucky’s Capitol. Beshear became Kentucky's first sitting...