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In this Jan. 15, 2020, photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the dawn of what may be her toughest reelection fight, veteran Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain _ the pressure-packed middle of an issue, this time the impeachment of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 18, 2020 - 1:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment. With Senate trial proceedings starting Tuesday, the moderate Maine Republican says she'...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Guatemalans who were deported from the United States arrive to La Aurora International airport in Guatemala City. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday argues that Trump administration asylum agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are illegal. The agreements allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations. The American Civil Liberties lawsuit says the agreements are dangerous and violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation. The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups want the so-called cooperative asylum agreements declared illegal, and are asking a federal judge to block Homeland Security officials from enforcing the new rules. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
January 15, 2020 - 7:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation and should be blocked, according to a legal...
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Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, debates a proposal allowing faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples because of their religious belief without facing penalties on the first day of the 2020 legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
January 14, 2020 - 6:29 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that he'll sign into law a measure that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The GOP-controlled Senate gave...
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January 07, 2020 - 4:20 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A transgender teen unable to change the sex listed on his birth certificate sued New York state Tuesday, claiming a discriminatory policy is forcing him to rely on a document that inaccurately portrays his identity. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Albany argues that...
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FILE - In a Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, Taylor Swift attends the world premiere of "Cats," at Alice Tully Hall, in New York. Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues. Swift has been an outspoken proponent of the Equality Act and her video for her hit “You Need To Calm Down” featured prominent LGBTQ celebrities. The pop star will get the Vanguard Award during the ceremony in Los Angeles in April 2020. Mock writes and directs on the FX series “Pose.” She will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to a LGBTQ media professional.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
January 07, 2020 - 2:32 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues. The pop star will receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ...
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Gov. Ralph Northam , back to camera, talks with members of the media in a hallway after a press conference at the State Capitol Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 where he previewed his voting legislative proposals, including removing Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday and replacing it with election day. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
January 06, 2020 - 2:53 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in Virginia are looking to advance a history-making agenda when the General Assembly convenes Wednesday that could change how Virginians vote, the type of guns they can buy and the crimes for which they can be jailed. Quick action is expected on a number of high-...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, a gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan., United Methodist Church leaders are proposing creation of a separate division that would let more traditional denominations break away because of the disagreement with churches over the UMC’s official stance on gay marriage. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
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January 03, 2020 - 9:32 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan Friday for a new conservative denomination that would split from the church in an attempt to resolve a decades-long dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy. The proposal,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017 file photo, religious leaders pray with President Donald Trump after he signed a proclamation for a national day of prayer to occur on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on how the government should act on two of the most politically divisive issues at play in the 2020 presidential election, according to an early December 2019 poll of Americans from various faith backgrounds. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 02, 2020 - 12:03 pm
White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on abortion restrictions and LGBT discrimination protections, two of the most politically divisive issues at play in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new poll. The findings point to an evangelical...
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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, right, applauds visitors during opening ceremonies at the start of the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment are confident Virginia is on the verge of becoming the critical 38th state to ratify the gender equality measure. The proposed 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution faces a host of likely legal challenges and vehement opposition from conservative activists who depict the ERA as a threat to their stances on abortion and transgender rights.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 01, 2020 - 8:36 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment are so confident Virginia is on the verge of becoming the critical 38th state to ratify the gender equality measure, they are already making plans for how they will celebrate. But that jubilation could be largely symbolic. Despite broad...
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December 27, 2019 - 9:17 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Disney Channel actor charged with trying to have sex with a 13-year-old boy in Salt Lake City contends he can't get a fair trial because the judge handling his case is biased against gay people. An attorney for actor Stoney Westmoreland said in court documents filed...
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