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Poll found 0% of Icelanders under 25 believe Bible creation story

Reykjav - A new poll suggests that Iceland is becoming more secular. Religious belief among young people in particular appears on the decline as the poll found zero percent of Icelanders under 25 believed in the Biblical account of creation.

Starbucks brand takes dramatic hit after refugee announcement

The perception of the Starbucks brand dropped dramatically after the company announced it would hire thousands of refugees. While no direct evidence their hiring policy is a direct cause of the drop, it shows a boycott by conservatives may be working.

Buhari to U.S. leaders: No room for gay rights in Nigeria

Washington - Visiting Washington, DC, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari bluntly slapped down American leaders' calls to improve his country's LGBT rights record.

U.S. Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriages in churches

Salt Lake City - US Episcopalian leaders voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to eliminate language referring to marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples in Episcopal churches across the nation.

In historic 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage

Washington - Same-sex marriage equality is now the law of the land as the United States Supreme Court ruled in an historic civil rights case on Friday that the Constitution requires that gay couples be allowed to marry across the nation.

U.S. Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

The largest body of Presbyterians in the United States has voted to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

Estate management for same-sex couples: What do you need to know?

As same-sex marriage legality spreads through the country, couples are facing new opportunities for managing their estates and wills. But what rules are unique to them, and which do they share with opposite-sex couples?

Gays marry in Alabama despite state chief justice's order

Montgomery - Committed same-sex couples began marrying Monday in the deeply Christian and conservative Southern state of Alabama, despite an attempt by the state Supreme Court chief justice to thwart such unions.

Federal judge rules Alabama gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Mobile - A federal judge on Friday struck down Alabama's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, declaring it a violation of LGBT individuals' constitutional rights.

South Dakota same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled on Monday that South Dakota's voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage violates the US Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law.

Same-sex couples wed in South Carolina, Montana after bans fall

Billings - South Carolina and Montana have become the 34th and 35th US states to achieve same-sex marriage equality after separate judicial decisions cleared the way for weddings to begin.

Wyoming becomes 32nd state to legalize same-sex marriage

Cheyenne - LGBT marriage equality has arrived in the 'Equality State.' Wyoming on Tuesday became the 32nd US state to legalize same-sex marriage, joining six other mostly conservative states which have done so this month.

Connecticut Supreme Court rules gay marriage rights retroactive

Hartford - In what LGBT rights advocates are hailing as the first decision of its kind, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's 2005 approval of civil unions and 2008 legalization of gay marriage.

Colorado same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

Denver - Three Colorado counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

Federal judge rules Kentucky gay couples have right to marry

Louisville - A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage was an unconstitutional violation of LGBT people's rights.

Same-sex couples rush to marry in Wisconsin after judge's ruling

Milwaukee - Hundreds of same-sex couples rushed to marry in Wisconsin's largest cities over the weekend after a federal judge ruled the state's voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay marriage unconstitutional.

Utah ordered to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages

Salt Lake City - A federal judge on Monday ordered Utah officials to recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed in the staunchly Mormon state late last year and early this year before the U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency stay halting such unions.

Gay marriage arrives in Bible Belt as Arkansas judge strikes ban

Eureka Springs - At least 15 marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in Arkansas after a county judge in the Bible Belt state ruled its decade-old voter-approved constitutional amendment banning such unions unconstitutional.

Mass. lesbian 'throuple' expecting first child

An extra-legally wedded trio of Massachusetts lesbians is set to become what they believe is the world's first same-sex parental "throuple."

Scotland legalizes gay marriage

Edinburgh - Scotland has become the world's 17th nation to achieve LGBT marriage equality after its parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Conservatives call for 'uprising' to 'take back Utah' from gays

Salt Lake City - At a Saturday rally in Utah organized by a conservative law enforcement group, opponents of marriage equality called for a police-backed "uprising" to "take back freedom" by barring LGBT Americans from marrying.

U.S. Supreme Court halts Utah same-sex marriages

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to marriage equality in Utah on Monday, granting the staunchly conservative state's request for a temporary halt on same-sex weddings while it appeals a federal judge's ruling that legalized such unions.

Utah man on hunger strike against gay marriage

A Utah man is starving himself in protest against same-sex marriage, which was recently legalized in the staunchly conservative state following a federal judge's ruling.

US grants visa to Filipino lesbian couple to get married in US

The US Embassy in Manila has granted its first same-sex fiance visa to a Filipino lesbian couple to travel to the US to get married.

Op-Ed: Reading the signs of the GOP's fall

The signs of the fall of the Republican party, as demonstrated in Tuesday’s voting, may be underestimated because of the Obamacare fallout problems.

Supreme Court strikes down key portion of DOMA, passes on Prop 8

Washington - In a pair of historic decisions, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and dismissed a challenge to a lower court's ruling against Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban.

Australia: Rudd backs same-sex marriage as public opinion shifts

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd announced he's reversed his hardline opposition to same-sex marriage and will now support it.

Minnesota legalizes gay marriage

Saint Paul - Minnesota has become the 12th US state to achieve marriage equality for LGBT residents after the governor signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Tuesday.

Delaware legalizes gay marriage

Dover - Delaware became the 11th US state to legalize gay marriage on Tuesday after the state Senate approved and the governor signed a marriage equality bill.

Threat of legal challenge over gay marriage in Northern Ireland

There could be a legal challenge in Northern Ireland if it becomes the only part of the United Kingdom without same-sex marriage.
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Same-Sex Marriages Performed In Australia. Among those getting married was a state legislator from Western Australia state, Stephen Dawson, who married his long-time partner Dennis Liddelow.
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Celebration broke out in the Delaware State House as Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill legalizing gay marriage.
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