A lawyer representing Texas asked a federal judge Wednesday to reject pleas from two gay couples to suspend the state constitution's definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, calling the legalization of same-sex marriages "a more recent innovation than Facebook."
Mike Murphy, an assistant Texas solicitor general, told District Judge Orlando Garcia if he lifted the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage he would be injecting himself into a social and political debate that should be left to lawmakers.
A federal judge today (Feb. 12) ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. In issuing the order, he ruled unconstitutional a portion of the state's anti-gay marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II has that Kentucky's laws treat gay and lesbians differently — in a "way that demeans them."
Missouri's attorney general has asked a federal court to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens, setting up a cross-country battle that pits new animal protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers.
The lawsuit by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster takes aim at a California law set to take effect in 2015 that prohibits eggs from being sold there if they come from hens raised in cages that don't comply with California's new size and space requirements.
Cold and snow keep battering the Midwest and East, and even Atlanta was temporarily paralyzed. California has been bone dry. Alaska set heat records.
The wild winter somehow became even more wicked late last week, when the national average temperature plunged to a brutal 11 degrees — the lowest temperature of a season of extremes.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced this week a moratorium on the death penalty in his state, saying the suspension of capital punishment will be in place for as long as he is governor.
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Louisiana's largest gay rights group and four couples are suing to overturn the state's constitutional ban barring recognizing the out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
The lawsuit that includes the Forum for Equality Louisiana as a plaintiff charges that the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages violates the U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Feb. 10 seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates.
The couples filed the suit in federal court in Cincinnati, arguing that the state's practice of listing only one partner in a gay marriage as a parent on birth certificates violates the U.S. Constitution.
The White House is applauding a University of Missouri football player's decision to come out as gay, with President Barack Obama's spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all portraying him as a courageous and inspirational athlete.
Biden and the first lady took to Twitter on Feb. 10 to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who declared publicly on Feb. 9 that he is gay. The first lady says she "couldn't be prouder" of Sam's courage, both on and off the field.
A Mississippi grand jury on Feb. 12 indicted Lawrence Reed for the murder of Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta.
McMillian was found dead on Feb. 27, 2013. He had been beaten and his body had been burned and left on a river levee.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Michael Sam, the college football star and NFL draft prospect who came out as gay earlier this week, is courageous and talented.
McCarthy talked with reporters during a scheduled media session in Green Bay on Feb. 10.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Feb. 10 filed a motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals withdrawing its argument in support of a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage.
Masto said the state's position was not viable after the court's ruling that said potential jurors cannot be removed from a case because of sexual orientation.
Russian police have arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In Moscow, police quickly detained 10 gay rights activists who waved rainbow flags on Red Square and attempted to sing a Russian anthem.
One of the demonstrators, Gleb Latnik, said police insulted them and that one officer even spat in the face of an activist. He said he, and other protesters were released a few hours later.