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Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

By MARK SHERMAN | February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples, a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court.The justices will review an...

Sanders would use wealth tax for universal child care, pre-K

February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) —Bernie Sanders has joined fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren in proposing that a “wealth tax” can fiance government-funded child care from infancy through age 3 for every American family, then provide universal pre-kindergarten...

Mormon-owned BYU eases rules on ‘homosexual behavior’

By BRADY McCOMBS | February 19, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Brigham Young University in Utah has revised its strict code of conduct to strip a rule that banned any behavior that reflected “homosexual feelings," which LGBTQ students and their allies felt created an unfair double standard...

Utah lawmakers get tough on porn, ease up on polygamy

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST | February 18, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers voted Tuesday to put new regulations on pornography and remove some on polygamy in separate proposals moving quickly through the Legislature in the deeply conservative state.Senators voted unanimously to change state...

UK PM Johnson and estranged wife reach financial settlement

February 18, 2020

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his estranged wife Marina Wheeler have reached a financial agreement for their divorce, court records showed Tuesday.Lawyers for Johnson and Wheeler attended a brief private hearing at the Central...

LA church leaders charged with marriage, immigration fraud

February 14, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three officials with a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles have been charged as part of an alleged scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S.Federal agents arrested...

Ideas for amending Russian Constitution aired for Putin

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | February 13, 2020

MOSCOW (AP) — A meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin on amending the Russian Constitution produced suggested changes on a variety of topics Thursday, ranging from the protection of traditional values to the country's status as a nuclear power.Putin...

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

By NICOLE WINFIELD | February 12, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative...

Field of dreams: Marriage proposal shows up on Google Maps

February 12, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — A German man's marriage proposal got a bigger audience than he had planned, after it showed up on an aerial picture used by Google Maps.The German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that 32-year-old part-time farmer Steffen Schwarz used...

Couple weds in Northern Ireland’s first same-sex marriage

February 11, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Two women tied the knot Tuesday in Northern Ireland’s first same-sex wedding, after the region became the last part of the United Kingdom to legalize gay marriage.Care worker Robyn Peoples, 26, and waitress Sharni Edwards, 27 married...

Dern wins supporting actress Oscar for ‘Marriage Story’

By LYNN ELBER | February 9, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laura Dern’s turn as a steely divorce attorney in “Marriage Story” made the case with Oscar jurors, who completed her awards season sweep of best supporting actress honors.Dern’s win Sunday came nearly three decades after...

First female, lesbian leads Michigan Episcopal diocese

February 8, 2020

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan diocese of the Episcopal Church has its first female and openly lesbian bishop.The Rev. Bonnie A. Perry was consecrated and ordained Saturday during a ceremony in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.She was elected last June at...