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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...

Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

By MARK SHERMAN | February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues.The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald...

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...

U.S. medical schools boost LGBTQ students, doctor training

By LINDSEY TANNER | February 19, 2020

Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. For Rhi Ledgerwood, who was designated female at birth, identifies as trans and doesn’t have sex with men, it was a doctor advising...

Virginia a key state in Bloomberg’s Super Tuesday strategy

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE | February 15, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If there is a state where Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg could expect a return on investment, it is Virginia.By investing millions on state legislative races, Bloomberg helped Democrats take back the statehouse...

UK judge: Police probe of ‘transphobic’ tweets was unlawful

February 14, 2020

LONDON (AP) — A British court ruled Friday that police infringed a man’s right to free expression when they showed up at his workplace to quiz him over his Twitter posts about transgender people.Humberside Police in northeast England investigated...

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...

Jussie Smollett’s image takes new hit with revived charges

By TAMMY WEBBER | February 12, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — He's stopped posting to his Twitter account, his last Instagram post was eight months ago, and his acting and singing careers appear to be at a standstill.Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has all but vanished from public view...

Canadian PM Trudeau raises gay rights with Senegal leader

By BABACAR DIONE | February 12, 2020

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised Senegal's criminalization of homosexuality during his visit to the West African nation on Wednesday, but Senegal's leader told journalists afterward that “we're comfortable with our...

White supremacist propaganda spreading, anti-bias group says

By ELANA SCHOR | February 12, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Incidents of white supremacist propaganda distributed across the nation jumped by more than 120% between 2018 and last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, making 2019 the second straight year that the circulation of propaganda...

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...

Swiss vote on law against anti-LGBT discrimination

February 9, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters are delivering their verdict Sunday on a measure that would make it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.Switzerland's parliament has approved the move to extend existing legislation banning...

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