Minnesota Rep. Omar files for divorce from husband

Politics 10/07/19, 15:33

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband, citing an "irretrievable breakdown" of her marriage. The freshman Democrat filed for divorce from Ahmed Hirsi on Friday in Minnesota's Hennepin County District Court. Omar and Hirsi have been legally married since 2018 but have been together for years. The petition, ...

Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband

Politics 06/11/19, 13:03

Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man. The ...

Australian political leaders agree gays don’t go to hell

World 05/14/19, 04:04

The leaders of both of Australia's major political parties agreed on Tuesday that gays don't go to hell because of their sexual orientation, as Christian beliefs rose to extraordinary prominence in the final days of an election campaign.Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposed gay marriage while opposition leader Bill Shorten argued ...

Georgia politician considers resigning amid racial strife

U.S. 05/08/19, 10:38

A councilman in a mostly white north Georgia town who drew nationwide scorn for his comments on interracial marriage says he's considering stepping down from his position.City Council member Jim Cleveland said he is praying about the decision, though some townspeople have urged him to stay on the council in ...

Lawmakers target spouses who drug, rape their partners

U.S. 05/04/19, 06:51

Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex.Three and a half centuries later, vestiges ...

Pete Buttigieg confronted by religious protester

Politics 04/16/19, 17:43

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) was confronted by a religious protester at an Iowa town hall Tuesday but said he "respected" the protester's passion. Buttigieg told reporters, "I understand that it comes from a very passionate place, and I respect that." After the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, spoke ...

Update: Mormon scholar: LGBTQ policy repeal marks reset

U.S. 04/04/19, 12:01

The Latest on Mormons repealing rules banning baptisms for children of gay parents (all times local):10:55 a.m.A religious scholar says the decision by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to repeal rules banning baptisms for children of gay parents and making gay marriage a sin eligible for expulsion ...

Egypt’s top cleric calls polygamy ‘injustice,’ draws debate

World 03/03/19, 10:40

Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women, but stopped short of calling for a ban on the practice."Those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong. We have to read the (Quranic) verse in full, said Sheikh Ahmed ...

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations ‘unfounded’

Baseball 02/19/19, 22:33

Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the demands filed against him in the ...

Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

Politics 02/17/19, 11:06

Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at emphasizing ...

New rules for handling child bride petitions

Politics 02/15/19, 10:02

The Trump administration has announced new rules for scrutinizing requests to bring minor spouses to the United States. That word comes from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — the agency that considers whether to approve such requests. The Associated Press reported last month that thousands of requests by men to bring ...

Gov. Bevin, Kentucky clerk at odds over attorneys’ fees

U.S. 01/30/19, 16:50

As a candidate for governor in 2015, Matt Bevin said he "absolutely supported" a Kentucky county clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses because of her opposition to gay marriage.But four years later, after a court ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $222,000 in legal fees for the gay and ...

Vogue editor joins push to re-name Margaret Court Arena

Sports 01/23/19, 23:31

Vogue editor Anna Wintour has added her voice to those calling for the renaming of Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open because of the tennis great's outspoken condemnation of same-sex marriage.Wintour is an avid tennis fan who has been at Melbourne Park this week and spent time in the ...

US approved thousands of child bride requests

U.S. 01/11/19, 06:06

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. The approvals are legal. The Immigration and ...

Cuban assembly approves draft of new constitution

America 12/22/18, 18:49

Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country's constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February.The new constitution contains more continuity than change, although it recognizes the de-facto modernization of Cuban society over the last decade. The constitution maintains ...

Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

America 12/18/18, 19:34

Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea.Gay rights advocates had proposed eliminating the description of marriage as a union of a man and woman, changing it to the ...

3 contrasting contenders in Germany vie to succeed Merkel

Europe 12/06/18, 02:24

Three high-profile contenders are vying to lead Angela Merkel's party as the longtime German chancellor makes way after 18 years for a successor who could shape the European Union's most populous country for the next generation.The center-right Christian Democratic Union will elect on Friday a new chairman or chairwoman, who ...

Cardi B ‘no longer together’ with Offset

Entertainment 12/05/18, 07:42

Cardi B is no longer feeling the love after little more than a year of marriage to fellow rapper Offset.She posted a video on Instagram saying that "things just haven't been working out between us for a long time." The 26-year-old says "I guess we just grew out of love, ...

George and Barbara Bush, a ‘storybook’ 73-year marriage

U.S. 12/02/18, 09:23

They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17.Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history."George Bush knows how I feel," Barbara Bush had said. "He is the hero ... He is my hero."George H.W. ...

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