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Drag queen’s speech fuels Irish gay rights debate

This image made from video taken Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 and made available by Miss Panti Bliss aka Rory O'Neill, shows Miss Panti Bliss making a speech in Dublin. The drag queen of Ireland, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation’s long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has become a YouTube sensation in a dozen languages, thanks to a single, celebrated speech on anti-gay prejudice in Ireland. AP

Ireland’s top drag queen, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation’s long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled up conservative Catholics and won global admirers in a social media tour de force that is dominating Irish water-cooler talk.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

US sides with same-sex couples in Utah

Megan, left, and Candace Berrett, right, hold their daughter Quinn as they speak to supporters of gay marriage during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 in Salt Lake City. Supporters of gay marriage filled the rotunda for a rally and to deliver a petition with over 58,000 signatures in support of gay marriage to Utah Governor Gary Herbert. AP

Gay couples in Utah have experienced a helter-skelter wave of emotions over the last three weeks: They were suddenly allowed to marry, then saw the weddings stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court and were told the state wouldn’t recognize the unions.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Gay couples’ rush to marry in Utah grinds to halt

In this Dec. 20, 2013 file photo, Chris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb embrace after being married, as people wait in line to get licenses outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City. The Supreme Court on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue. AP

More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples in Utah have exchanged wedding vows over the past two weeks in jubilant celebrations — but the rush on same-sex marriage licenses has come to an end.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Utah turns to higher court to halt gay marriage

Patrick Freideman, left, and his husband Spencer Freideman kiss during their wedding in a hallway at the Hampton Inn in Ogden on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The Freidemans arrived at the county clerk's office on Sunday and spent the night on the sidewalk outside in order to make sure they had a chance to get married in Utah. AP

Utah state lawyers have again turned to a Denver-based federal appeals court in their bid to put a stop to gay couples getting married, saying the state should not be required to abide by one judge’s narrow view of a “new and fundamentally different definition of marriage.”

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Gay marriage catches conservative Utah off guard

Chris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb kiss after being married, as people wait in line to get licenses outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A federal judge ruled on Friday that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. AP

A day after a judge’s surprise ruling overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, at least one county clerk tried to open early Saturday but was unable to issue marriage licenses.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Judge strikes down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Derek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity look at each other following court in Salt Lake City. A challenge to Utah's same-sex marriage ban by three gay couples was back in court Dec. 4, as a federal court judge heard arguments. AP

A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings a growing shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

A decade after Massachusetts ruling, gay marriage gains

In this May 17, 2005 file photo, hundreds of gay couples and supporters look up while streamers fall at the conclusion of a group photo in front of the Statehouse in Boston, one year after Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to recognize same-sex marriages. It’s been a decade since the highest court in Massachusetts issued its landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage by declaring that barring marriage for gay couples is unconstitutional. Since then, 14 other states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage, with Illinois posed to become the 16th state next week when the governor is expected to sign a gay marriage bill into law. AP

In the decade since the highest court in Massachusetts issued its landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, 14 other states and Washington, D.C., have legalized it, with Illinois poised to become the 16th in a few days.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

French president signs gay marriage into law

Demonstrators march during a rally to protest against French President Francois Hollande's social reform on gay marriage and adoption in Paris, Sunday, April 21, 2013. France's upper house of parliament, the Senate, adopted last Friday the law that would allow same-sex marriage and grant gay couples the right to adopt children, and returned to the National Assembly for a second reading, the bill's final vote is scheduled for April 23. Sign reads: A Father + A Mother There is No Better for a Child. AP

France will see its first gay weddings within days, after French President Francois Hollande signed a law Saturday authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples and ending months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

NY plaintiff: Gay benefits ‘bigger than marriage’

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In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo, Edith Windsor talks about a trip to Suriname she had with her spouse, Thea Spyer, pictured at left, during an interview in her New York City apartment. Windsor has found some notoriety at age 83, as her challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act will be heard by the United States Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

At age 83, Edith Windsor gets plenty of compliments for her courage to take on the federal government in a landmark case that has put attitudes about gay America squarely before the Supreme Court.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Same-sex couples in Washington taking wedding vows

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James Griener, left, and Paul Harris finish their paper work to get a marriage license at Vancouver's Public Service Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Vancouver, Wash. Harris is a manager in the records department and arranged that the pair, who have been together for 39 years, could be first to get the paper work that will allow them to marry anytime after a 3-day waiting period. Washington state now joins several other states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage. Because the state has a three-day waiting period, the earliest that weddings can take place is Sunday. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Randy L. Rasmussen)

Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows at events across the state Sunday, on the first day they could marry after the state’s gay marriage law took effect.

Posted: December 10th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Vatican digs in after gay marriage advances

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Baltimore Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in September 2012 hosted a meeting of same-sex marriage opponents to mobilize for the campaign's home stretch. "The union of man and woman is not only a good for the couple, but for the entire community of believers and for humanity," Lori told the gathering. AP/Patrick Semansky

The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

Posted: November 11th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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