Mexico moves toward total ban on underage marriage
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has moved closer to a total, nationwide ban on underage marriage with no exceptions after the Senate approved the prohibition.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill to abolish judge-signed marriage licenses as some conservative probate judges continue to object to giving marriage licenses to...
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man celebrated his wedding anniversary by showing up at the airport in a bunny costume similar to the one used when he first proposed to his...
Omaha man gets probation for sham marriage to immigrant
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man has been given three years of probation for a sham marriage to a woman from Tajikistan.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Jeremiah Logan was sentenced...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators wrapped up their 45-day annual session Thursday after passing abortion restrictions, reaching a deal to raise alcohol levels in beer and moving to restrict...
Man accused of marriage and visa fraud in Florida
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A 47-year-old Indian foreign national who lives in Florida has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit marriage and visa fraud and conspiracy to commit money...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A young Iranian couple have been arrested after a marriage proposal in public that was captured on a video clip that went viral on social media. The police say the pair...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nationwide push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors looked like it could succeed in conservative Utah after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it...
NEW YORK (AP) — In 1664, Maryland passed the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves. An 1883 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that state prohibitions on interracial...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a couple was panhandling along a North Carolina road when a foreigner pulled over with a proposal for the woman: Marry him so he could stay in the country, and...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky couple involved in the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage has started a scholarship to help Catholic LGBT students at the University...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A law making sex outside of marriage a misdemeanor crime in Utah for more than four decades could be headed toward repeal.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women, but stopped short of calling for a ban on the practice.
House kills legislation setting Idaho minimum marriage age
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation setting a minimum age for marriage in Idaho failed in the House.
Lawmakers voted 39-28 on Thursday to kill the bill that would have set the minimum age for...
Posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer due in October
NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor will be released in October.
Windsor's "A Wild and Precious Life" will draw upon her uncompleted manuscript and other...
Pastor of large Kansas Methodist church disappointed by vote
LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — The pastor of the largest Methodist congregation in the U.S. says he is deeply disappointed by a vote of the church's delegates that rejected easing the faith's ban on...
United Methodist delegates reject recognizing gay marriage
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The United Methodist Church, America's second-largest Protestant denomination, faces a likely surge in defections and acts of defiance after delegates at a crucial conference...
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Bid to ban marriages for 15-year-olds in Utah clears hurdle
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A bid to ban marriage for 15-year-olds in Utah has cleared its first hurdle with support from women who have left polygamous groups.
LGBTQ advocates dismayed but Undaunted by legislative losses
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly's 2019 session was a disappointment for LGBTQ advocates as most legislation on health care, marriage and legal protections on the basis of sexual...
The Latest: Methodist conference rejects same-sex marriage
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on The United Methodist Church's deliberations on LGBT inclusion (all times local):
Delegates to a crucial conference of The United Methodist...
Kansas lawmaker apologizes after LGBTQ daughter decries bill
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A conservative Kansas legislator has apologized and said he has asked that he be removed as a sponsor of a bill calling same-sex marriages a "parody" after his LGBTQ daughter...
SD high court rules against woman in same-sex benefits case
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court ruled this week against a retired police official seeking state retirement system survivor benefits after her wife, a former police captain, died...
Mormon church won’t oppose gay conversion therapy ban
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church won't stand in the way of a proposal to ban gay conversion therapy for minors in its home base of Utah, leaders said Wednesday, a position that advocates...
United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues
The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly convenes Sunday for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America's second-largest Protestant denomination will...
New legislator pushes to raise state marriage age
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Some girls said they were isolated from friends and family during their marriages. Others said their husbands physically abused them. More said they missed out on the chance...
Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations ‘unfounded’
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to...
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Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at emphasizing legal expertise over politics.
APNewsBreak: New guidance on handling child bride petitions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced new rules Friday to scrutinize petitions to bring in underage spouses to the U.S. after data showed thousands of requests by men to bring in...
Lawmakers reject proposal tied to private school funding
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have rejected a proposal to block taxpayer dollars from flowing to private schools that discriminate against gay employees and students.
Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights
TOKYO (AP) — Thirteen gay couples filed Japan's first lawsuit challenging the country's rejection of same-sex marriage Thursday, arguing the denial violates their constitutional right to equality.
Six couples holding banners saying "Marriage For All Japan" walked into Tokyo District Court to file their cases against the government, with similar cases filed by three couples in Osaka, one couple in Nagoya and three couples in Sapporo.
The Latest: Gay couples sue for marital rights in Japan
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits challenging Japan's rejection of same-sex marriage (all times local):
Thirteen couples have filed Japan's first lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the country's rejection of same-sex marriage.
Proposal would increase Mississippi marriage license fee
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Saying "I do" could become slightly more expensive in Mississippi.
Legislators are considering a bill that would add $15 to the cost of a marriage license. The current cost is $20, and the proposal would set it at $35.
Senate Bill 2043 passed the state Senate after little discussion Tuesday. Several members voted against it.
Priest explains why he cancelled speech by black lesbian
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A Catholic priest has defended his decision to cancel a Black History Month speech by a high school's black lesbian alumna as well as his decision to cancel classes that day, saying he had to protect students from planned protests over the woman's views on gay marriage.
Mexico: Ex-first lady Rivera says she’s divorcing Pena Nieto
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's ex-first lady Angelica Rivera announced Friday she is divorcing her husband, Enrique Pena Nieto, two months after the end of his presidential term which was marred by scandals including one over a mansion provided to her by a government contractor.
Rivera is a former telenovela actor, and critics have long charged that the photogenic couple's marriage was a marketing strategy to burnish Pena Nieto's image for his 2012 presidential campaign.
Matchmaking dinners aim at wedding immigrants, citizens
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Nigerian chef-activist based in New Orleans — who gets people talking with projects like his "Blackness in America" series — is hosting Pittsburgh-based matchmaking dinners that pair immigrants with U.S. citizens for first dates.
Prosecutors: Maine man had multiple marriages
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is accused of marrying a New Hampshire woman while married to women in Alabama and Georgia and officials say it is possible there were more marriages, as well.
Prosecutors say 44-year-old Michael Middleton of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, had a pattern of marrying women he met online and then vanishing after gaining control of their assets.
Gabbard plans rally after rocky presidential campaign launch
HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard expects to kick off her presidential campaign with a rally in her home state of Hawaii this weekend.
The Democratic congresswoman's first rally on Saturday comes after she formally launched her effort with an online video and declaration on CNN last month.
Cuban evangelicals push back against gay marriage
HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban government push to legalize gay marriage has set off an unprecedented reaction from the island's rapidly growing evangelical churches, whose members are expected to widely reject a state-proposed constitutional reform in a nationwide referendum this month.
Gov. Bevin, Kentucky clerk at odds over attorneys’ fees
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — As a candidate for governor in 2015, Matt Bevin said he "absolutely supported" a Kentucky county clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses because of her opposition to gay marriage.
2 soldiers accused of arranging fraudulent marriages
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused two Fort Bragg soldiers of arranging fraudulent marriages between soldiers and immigrants in exchange for money, furniture and housing.
News outlets report the U.S. Department of Justice said arrest warrants were issued for Sgt. Edward Kumi Anguah and Pvt. Ahmid Mohammed-Murtadaas well as a third person on charges of marriage fraud, misuse of visas and aiding and abetting.
Vogue editor joins push to re-name Margaret Court Arena
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Vogue editor Anna Wintour has added her voice to those calling for the renaming of Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open because of the tennis great's outspoken condemnation of same-sex marriage.
Wintour is an avid tennis fan who has been at Melbourne Park this week and spent time in the stadium player boxes of Serena Williams and Roger Federer She used a speech at an Australian Open function on Thursday to raise the issue.
The Latest: Court mulls Phoenix’s discrimination ordinance
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the Arizona Supreme Court hearing arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of Phoenix's anti-discrimination ordinance (all times local):
Lawyers squared off Tuesday at the Arizona Supreme Court over whether two Christian artists who make wedding invitations as part of their business can refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons.
Court will take up Phoenix’s anti-discrimination ordinance
PHOENIX (AP) — The state Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a challenge of Phoenix's anti-discrimination ordinance that makes it illegal for businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples for religion reasons.
Two Christian artists who operate a business that makes invitations and other wedding-related items argue that the ordinance will violate their religious beliefs by forcing them to custom-make products for same-sex marriage ceremonies.
Hawaii’s Gabbard apologizes for past LGBTQ statements
HONOLULU (AP) — Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday responded to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by apologizing in a video.
The nearly four-minute-long clip, which was shot in her Washington, D.C. backyard, shows Gabbard standing in the snow saying that her views have changed significantly since she made statements that were hurtful to LGBTQ people.
Police in Portugal, Belgium break up sham marriages ring
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union's law enforcement agency says authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected of organizing sham marriages between mostly Portuguese women and Pakistani men.
Europol says in a statement Tuesday the men were seeking to obtain residence rights in the European Union and the women were paid several thousand euros (dollars) to marry them.
Report: Missouri is ‘promised land’ for polygamous community
HUMANSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — For members of a polygamous community of about 400 people in rural Missouri, their enclave has always been the promised land.
Episcopal Church allows same-sex marriage in NY diocese
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Episcopal Church on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese where they had been barred by a bishop who claimed the church had been "hijacked by the "Gay Rights Agenda."
The Rev. William Love now faces possible disciplinary action for his November directive barring same-sex marriages in the Albany-based diocese.
Requests to bring in child brides OK’d; legal under US laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.