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Utah AG could be held in contempt for blocking same-sex couple’s adoption

Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A state judge has ordered Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and two state health officials to explain the state's refusal to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption. ...

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Marriage equality in Arkansas: What’s happened, what’s next?

Kristin Seaton, center, of Jacksonville, Ark., holds up her marriage license as she leaves the Carroll County Courthouse in Eureka Springs, Ark., with her partner, Jennifer Rambo, left, of Fort Smith, Ark. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Rambo and Seaton were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Eureka Springs after a judge overturned Amendment 83, which banned same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Same-sex marriages resumed in Arkansas on Thursday after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza broadened a ruling to say that, in addition to declaring a same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, any state law that prohibits the distribution ...

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Ark. lawmaker wants resolution calling for reversal of gay marriage ruling

Jason Rapert
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas lawmaker says he'll ask his colleagues to pass a resolution urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a gay marriage ban and invalidate hundreds of marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples. ...

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Idaho couples ask appeals court not to block same-sex marriage ruling

Amber Beierle (left) and Rachael Robertson are one of four couples challenging Idaho's gay marriage ban.
BOISE, Idaho -- The four couples who sued to get Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages overturned this week are asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to refuse to put the ruling on hold. ...

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Catholic Church fires woman from job feeding the hungry over her same-sex marriage

Colleen Simon
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has fired a woman in charge of distributing food to the homeless and hungry after learning she is gay and in a same-sex marriage. ...

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Michigan pastors declare ‘the fight is on’ when it comes to same-sex marriage

Rev. Stacy Swimp speaks at a news conference at the First Baptist International World Changers church in Detroit  on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
DETROIT -- A group of about 200 mostly Michigan-based black pastors gathered in Detroit on Wednesday to declare “the fight is on” when it comes to same-sex marriage. ...

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Dallas morning show anchor storms off set during Michael Sam kiss discussion

Dallas morning show host Amy Kushnir stormed off the set of KTXD-TV's "The Broadcast" on Tuesday following a heated discussion of whether ESPN should have broadcast Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on hearing the news he had been drafted by ...

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Study: Marriage equality will add $39 million to Ind. economy in first 3 years

LOS ANGELES — Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Indiana would generate over $39 million in spending to the state economy, according to a new report by researchers at the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. ...

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New Zealand to shorten ban on gay and bisexual blood donors

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is set to reduce the waiting period for HIV negative gay and bisexual men to donate blood. ...

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Arkansas counties issue 400 marriage licenses to same-sex couples so far

A Washington County, Ark., clerk issues the first same-sex marriage license in Fayetteville, Ark., on Monday, May 12, 2014.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Clerks in Fayetteville and Little Rock granted marriage licenses to 117 gay couples on Tuesday, pushing the total to 400 since a judge tossed out the state's ban on same-sex marriages. ...

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