VATICAN CITY (AP) - Catholic bishops have scrapped their landmark welcome to gays, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is marking the end of the ban on gays serving in the military. He says the armed forces will no longer lose the skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. At one minute past midnight EDT, a new law... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the military's ban on gays serving openly in the military will end on his watch.
Speaking at a town hall meeting of young adults Thursday, Obama said he believes anyone who wants to serve in the military should be allowed to do... more »
MIAMI (AP) - A Miami appeals court has upheld a ruling overturning Florida's law banning adoption by gays. The 3rd District Court of Appeal issued its decision Wednesday affirming a lower court's decision that the ban is unconstitutional. Florida is the only state with a law flatly banning gays from... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military. The partisan vote was a defeat for gay rights groups who saw the provision in a defense authorization bill as their last chance any time soon to overturn the... more »
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge in Southern California on Thursday declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment rights of gay and lesbians. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips granted a request for an injunction halting the government's "don't ask,... more »