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Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes same-sex marriage

Jul. 16, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux say they are the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize same-sex marriage. The tribal council last week approved a same-gender marriage ordinance in a 12-3 vote with one abstention. The new marriage ordinance amends marital and domestic law that has not changed on...

Steamy text message sparks marriage fraud investigation

Jul. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island. The Boston Globe reports Prince Mark Boley, a Liberian man living in Providence, married Amanda Hames-Whitman in 2016. According to court documents, the two visited a...

Indiana teacher fired for same-sex marriage sues archdiocese

Jul. 10, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A teacher who was fired from his job at a Catholic high school because he's in a same-sex marriage is suing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for interfering in his teaching contract. The teacher, Joshua Payne-Elliott, sued the archdiocese Wednesday in Marion County court, seeking...

Catholic school to help fired teacher find new job

Jul. 9, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney says a Catholic high school teacher fired for being in a same-sex marriage has reached a settlement in which the Indianapolis school will help the teacher with future employment options. Attorney Kathleen DeLaney announced the settlement with Cathedral High School in a news...

UK lawmakers back gay marriage, abortion access for NIreland

Jul. 9, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriages and expanding abortion access in Northern Ireland, though the vote won't automatically lead to changing laws. Northern Ireland has its own legislature, which did not follow the British and Scottish parliaments in allowing...

Nepalese man pleads guilty to paying woman for marriage

Jul. 9, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Nepalese man has told federal court that he paid a Maine woman to marry him so he could stay in the country. Twenty-nine-year-old Eilove Shrestha made the statement in U.S. District Court in Bangor on Monday. He lives in Cupertino, California, and entered his plea in advance of a...

Views on clergy vary by age, education, religious identity

Jul. 8, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

Americans' age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member's sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows. The survey released Monday by The Associated...

Some churches won't follow United Methodist marriage rule

Jul. 8, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The United Methodist Church has a motto: Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. But some UMC congregants don't think the denomination upholds its own values. "It's a vaguery and a facade," said John Simmons, a congregant at First United Methodist Church. Simmons said he was raised with...

A matter of faith: Democrats embrace religion in campaign

Jul. 7, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, accused Republicans who claim to...

How I ditched debt: 'It made our marriage so strong'

Jul. 2, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. BAILEY AND RAY ROBERTSON HOW MUCH: $33,456 in 18 months Ray Robertson's debt-payoff journey involves two fateful conversations across the ocean from where he grew up. The first was a blind...