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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 »

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