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Ed Rowe, left, Rebecca Wilson, Robin Hager and Jill Zundel, react to the defeat of a proposal that would allow LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church at the denomination’s 2019 Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis, Mo., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. America’s second-largest Protestant denomination faces a likely fracture as delegates at the crucial meeting move to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)
February 26, 2019 - 9:32 pm
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 voted Tuesday to strengthen the faith's divisive bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Mariano Rivera gives a news conference after his orientation tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cooperstown, N.Y. Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to provide support for two sons he had outside his marriage. Rivera called the demands filed against him “unfounded.” (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
February 19, 2019 - 10:40 pm
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 support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2018, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers her inaugural address in Des Moines, Iowa. Nearly 50 years after Iowa moved to reduce partisanship in its court system, Republicans who control the governor's office and the Legislature say it's time to give politicians greater control. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
February 17, 2019 - 11:04 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 50 years after Iowa moved to reduce partisanship in its court system, Republicans who control the governor's office and the Legislature say it's time to give politicians greater control. Legislative leaders want to change how judges are chosen after being repeatedly...
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French writer Frederic Martel gestures during an interview with Associated Press, in Paris, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. In the explosive book "In the Closet of the Vatican" author Frederic Martel describes a gay subculture at the Vatican and calls out the hypocrisy of Catholic bishops and cardinals who in public denounce homosexuality but in private lead double lives. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
February 15, 2019 - 2:26 pm
PARIS (AP) — A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internal struggle. In the explosive...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, the Homeland Security Department headquarters in northwest Washington. The Trump administration has announced new rules for scrutinizing petitions to bring in minor spouses to the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
February 15, 2019 - 10:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has announced new rules for scrutinizing requests to bring minor spouses to the United States. That word comes from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — the agency that considers whether to approve such requests. The Associated Press reported...
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In this Jan. 28, 2019, photo, Kenji Aiba, left, and his partner Ken Kozumi laugh during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo. Kozumi and Aiba have held onto a marriage certificate they signed at their wedding party in 2013, anticipating that Japan would emulate other advanced nations and legalize same-sex unions. That day has yet to come, and legally they are just friends even though they've lived as a married couple for more than five years. On Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, Valentine’s Day, the couple is joining a dozen other same-sex couples in Japan’s first lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
February 13, 2019 - 8:06 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Thirteen same-sex couples are filing Japan's first lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the country's rejection of same-sex marriage. The Valentine Day lawsuits to be filed in Tokyo and in other courts around the country on Thursday argue that the law violates same-sex couples...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, from left, Lt. Governor-elect Justin Fairfax, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring and Governor-elect Ralph Northam listen as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses a joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees at the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, Va. With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
February 07, 2019 - 8:29 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications. Gov. Ralph Northam's career was...
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February 01, 2019 - 4:25 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Presidential hopeful U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard plans to kick off her campaign with a rally in her home state of Hawaii this weekend. Saturday's rally in Waikiki comes weeks after Gabbard declared she would run during a CNN interview. She later formally launched her effort with an...
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FILE - This Jan. 24, 2018 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, at a news conference in Honolulu. Now a candidate for president, Gabbard is responding to criticism about her past work advocating against gay rights by recording a new YouTube video. The nearly four-minute long clip shows Gabbard apologizing for statements she made that were hurtful to LGBTQ people. She has apologized for such comments before, but has come under renewed criticism since she announced during a CNN interview last week that she would run for president. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, File)
January 17, 2019 - 7:23 pm
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...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2016, file photo, Naila Amin, 26, holds a book from one of the classes she was taking at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. According to data provided to The Associated Press, the U.S. approved thousands of requests by men to bring child and teenage brides from another country. “My passport ruined my life,” said Naila Amin, a dual citizen from Pakistan who grew up in New York City. She was forcibly married at 13 in Pakistan and applied for papers for her 26-year-old husband to come to the country. “People die to come to America. I was a passport to him. They all wanted him here, and that was the way to do it.” (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
January 11, 2019 - 9:39 pm
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. The...
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