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Desmond Tutu's Daughter Leaves Church Over Gay Marriage

Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth married a woman in December

(Newser) - The daughter of Africa's most famous archbishop is leaving the priesthood over her marriage to a woman. The Washington Post reports Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, daughter of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Desmond Tutu, married Marceline Furth in December. Same-sex marriage was legalized in South Africa in 2006, but the... More »

Church of Scotland OKs Gay Marriage for Its Ministers

But they still won't be able to perform gay marriages

(Newser) - The Church of Scotland has voted to let its ministers enter same-sex marriages—though it says it "maintains its traditional view of marriage between a man and woman," the AP reports. The church's general assembly voted Saturday to allow congregations to "opt out" from traditional teaching... More »

Alabama Judge in Trouble Over Gay-Marriage Fight

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore may lose his job

(Newser) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore—ousted from office more than a decade ago over a Ten Commandments display—now faces possible removal from the bench over his effort to block gay marriage from coming to that state after the US Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the AP reports.... More »

Ex-Senator's 2 Great Loves: His Wife, and His Husband-to-Be

Harris Wofford found love again at 75

(Newser) - Here's one American love life with a heck of a second act: Harris Wofford, a former US senator from Pennsylvania, is about to get married at the age of 90 to a man he met after the death of his wife of 48 years. In a poignant New York ... More »

Pope's New Doc on Family, Marriage: Don't Throw 'Stones'

Pontiff's 'Joy of Love' calls for embrace of the divorced, single parents—but not gay marriage

(Newser) - There's been plenty of talk of "revolution" on the campaign trail this year, and now Pope Francis wants to start his own regarding marriage, divorce, sex, and family life, issuing a major document Friday that addresses these issues while calling for one's conscience, rather than hard-and-fast rules,... More »

Miss. Religious Freedom Bill Signed Into Law

Governor ignores opposition from LGBT advocates and state businesses

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed HB1523, also known as the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, into law, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. In doing so, he made it legal for businesses in the state to refuse service "because of a religious opposition to same-sex marriage,... More »

Ga. Gov to Veto 'Religious Liberty' Bill

'Georgia is a welcoming state ... full of loving, kind, generous people': Nathan Deal

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he'll veto the "religious liberty" bill passed by his state's Legislature nearly two weeks ago, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Deal said in a press conference Monday at the state Capitol that House Bill 757 —which would have allowed religious leaders... More »

Georgia Passes Anti-Gay Bill, May Face Economic Backlash

Churches, pastors could refuse to serve same-sex couples

(Newser) - Gay rights advocates say discrimination could soon be legal in Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal signs a bill now on his desk. The controversial Religious Liberty Bill—which would allow churches and pastors to refuse to serve same-sex couples, at least in theory—passed the Georgia legislature late Wednesday, reports... More »

Manny Pacquiao Sorry for Comparing Gays to 'Animals'

Born-again boxer-politician walks back comments ahead of Senate election

(Newser) - World champion boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao is being called a "hypocrite" and "false prophet" after inflammatory statements he made about gay couples, the BBC reports. Pacquiao, who's in the Philippines' house of representatives and is running for a senate seat in May, was talking to local... More »

Alabama's Top Judge Tries to Block Gay Marriage

Roy Moore hasn't got a chance, experts say

(Newser) - Alabama's top judge has bewildered legal experts with a ruling that suggests he believes he can overrule the US Supreme Court. Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has told state officials that they should stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a landmark ruling last... More »

Kim Davis: It's 'Ironic' God Picked Me to Defend Marriage

Ky. clerk admits she's 'failed so miserably' at matrimony

(Newser) - Kim Davis , the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been reflecting on her chaotic 2015, describing it to the AP as "a very emotional and a very real situation to all people." Davis explains she took a stand because simple... More »

Utah Foster Moms Can Keep Baby—For Now

Judge reverses order to place baby with heterosexual couple

(Newser) - A 9-month-old girl will be allowed to stay with her foster moms—for now—after a Utah judge on Friday revised his earlier order to remove the baby and place her with a heterosexual couple, the New York Times reports. Following a major public outcry and motions to reconsider filed... More »

Judge Orders Gay Foster Parents to Give Up Baby

'We are shattered'

(Newser) - A Utah judge has ordered a 1-year-old girl removed from her foster parents after only three months simply because they are gay, KUTV reports. "We are shattered," April Hoagland says. According to the Salt Lake Tribune , the law allows any legally married couple to be foster parents, and... More »

Men Told They Can't Wed— Because They're Father and Son

Penn. couple trying to annul adoption they did strictly for legal purposes

(Newser) - Roland Bosee Jr., 68, and Nino Esposito, 78, have been inseparable since they first met in 1970. "You meet someone and it just clicks," Esposito told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last month. So with the SCOTUS decision over the summer to legalize gay marriage , the men looked forward to... More »

IRS Now Recognizing All Same-Sex Marriages

Treasury Dept. agrees: 'husband,' 'wife' apply to gay couples too

(Newser) - The IRS is making it official: The tax agency says it will now recognize same-sex marriages regardless of where they were performed. The IRS and the Treasury Department also said they will interpret the terms "husband" and "wife" to apply to same-sex spouses as well as opposite-sex spouses.... More »

Tenn. Official: God, Don't Smite Us for Gay Marriage

Blount County commissioner writes resolution begging His mercy

(Newser) - With same-sex marriage now the law of the land, the commissioner of Blount County, Tenn., is proposing a resolution asking that the Supreme Being "pass us by in His coming wrath and not destroy our county as he did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities." Karen Miller'... More »

Bakery Owners Won't Pay Gay Couple $135K for Cake Refusal

Claim it would cause 'financial ruin,' despite at least $515K raised via crowdfunding

(Newser) - A couple ordered by the state of Oregon to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they refused to make a wedding cake for won't pay up—despite the fact that more than half a million dollars has been raised for them via crowdfunding, the Oregonian reports.... More »

Until Recently, Kentucky Clerk Was a Democrat

But Kim Davis is switching political parties

(Newser) - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats in her fight against same-sex marriage. Davis made the announcement while in Washington, DC, to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, said Charla Bansley, a spokeswoman... More »

Kim Davis Doesn't Mind If You Call Her 'Hitler'

Couples accuse her of 'adulterating' marriage licenses

(Newser) - Kim Davis is back at work as a Kentucky court clerk and she says people have the right to call her what they want for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ABC News reports. She has been called "Hitler," a hypocrite , and a homophobe, but "... More »

Kim Davis Accused of Violating Judge's Order

Deputy clerk says changes Davis made to licenses may invalidate them

(Newser) - One of Kim Davis' deputy clerks filed a notice in court yesterday claiming the sweeping changes Davis made to marriage license forms upon her return to work this week may make them invalid, NBC News reports. If that turns out to be the case, it could violate a judge's... More »

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