Gov. Neil Abercrombie, at about 3:50 p.m. EST today (Nov. 13), signed Hawaii's marriage equality bill into law. Same-sex couples can begin marrying in the Aloha state on Dec. 2, some 23 years after the contemporary push for marriage equality began there.
The signing ceremony took place the day after the state Senate gave its final OK to an amended bill passed by the House on Nov. 8.
A New Mexico woman who sued so she could marry her longtime partner this summer in one of a cascade of same-sex weddings in the state has died.
Jennifer Martin Neuman-Roper, who lived in the community of Pojoaque near Santa Fe, had been suffering from terminal brain cancer and died on Nov. 8 at the age of 44, according to an obituary on DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory's website.
The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said this week they should not "follow a particular ideology" and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano noted the challenges from broader society to Christian teaching. He cautioned that the bishops' witness to faith would be undermined if they failed to live simply. Francis, in office for eight months, has captured attention for eschewing some of the pomp of the papacy, including his decision to live in the Vatican hotel and his use of an economy car.
A former Ohio college professor found not guilty of rape and kidnapping charges has sued the university, which fired him, the police and the media, saying the matter “defamed and destroyed” his personal and professional life.
Hollant “Max” Adrien, 53, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Nov. 5 seeking $50 million from Springfield police, and $110 million combined from two newspapers and four TV stations.
Former Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English expressed regret in an interview with The Associated Press for using "inappropriate language," that included a homophobic slur during a film session with defensive backs.
"As a man who has coached 21 years, obviously, on this occasion and particular meeting, I lost my poise, got upset and used language that was inappropriate, particularly as it pertains to homosexual slurs. I regret that," English told the AP in a telephone interview hours after the school released a statement explaining why he was fired. "I apologize to the university for putting it in this position and tarnishing its reputation. I look forward to continuing a career that has been marked by molding men of integrity, passion, and intensity for 21 years."
The Hawaii Senate has given final approval in a special session vote on Nov. 12 to legislation that will allow same-sex couples in the state to marry beginning Dec. 2.
The Senate vote affirmed a bill amended and approved by the House earlier this month.
The Hawaii Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage today (Nov. 12), the final step for the state Legislature before sending the special session measure to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
More than 400 people have contributed $20,000 online to help an 18-year-old Californian who was set on fire while wearing non-gender-conforming clothing.
The incident occurred on Nov. 4 when a 16-year-old Oakland High School student, not named because he’s a juvenile, boarded a bus near the school and saw Luke "Sasha" Fleischman sleeping in a rear seat. According to police reports, the boy set Fleischman’s skirt on fire.
Four Idaho couples are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states.
Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer, and Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court. Their lawsuit brings the first challenge to Idaho's constitutional ban of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court made two key decisions bolstering the legal status of such marriages earlier this year.
An eighth-grade student at Anderson County Senior-Junior High School in Garnett, Kan., says he's been suspended for carrying a Vera Bradley purse to classes.
Skylar Davis, 13, first told his story to KCTV5's local news outlet. He said he'd been carrying the handbag to school since August without incident. But, earlier this month, he was called to the assistant principal's office and told to stop carrying the purse.
Walmart says it’s dismissed an Oklahoma employee who asked a gay couple to leave the store for being gay.
The Express-Star reports that Jonathan Pacheco and his boyfriend were shopping at a Walmart in Chickasha, Okla. when janitory approached them with a series of questions about homosexuality before ordering them to leave the premises.
In a historic but mostly symbolic vote, the U.S. Senate today approved legislation banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.