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Clela Rorex, who Issued 1st Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Dies

Clela Rorex, who Issued 1st Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Dies

OBITUARIES | Jun 20, 2022

Clela Rorex, a former Colorado county clerk considered a pioneer in the gay rights movement for being the first public official to issue a same-sex marriage license in 1975, has died. She was 78.

Japan Court Says Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional

Japan Court Says Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional

INTERNATIONAL | By Mari Yamaguchi | Jun 20, 2022

A Japanese court ruled Monday that the country's ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated.

Are You a Side? Grindr Now Acknowledges New Sexual Definition

Are You a Side? Grindr Now Acknowledges New Sexual Definition

NATIONAL | Jun 20, 2022

In the hook-up world, users on such apps as Grindr or Scruff are given three choices as to their sexual practices: Top, bottom, or versatile. But what of those who feel they don't fit into these categories? Grindr has come up with a solution.

Malaysia: Disney Refused to Cut Gay Scenes in 'Lightyear'

Malaysia: Disney Refused to Cut Gay Scenes in 'Lightyear'

INTERNATIONAL | Jun 20, 2022

Malaysia's film censors said Friday that it was Disney's decision to ax the animated film "Lightyear" from the country's cinemas after refusing to cut scenes promoting homosexuality.

World Swimming Bans Transgender Athletes from Women's Events

World Swimming Bans Transgender Athletes from Women's Events

SPORTS | By Ciarán Fahey | Jun 19, 2022

World swimming's governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women's events, starting Monday.

Political Commentator And Columnist Mark Shields Dies at 85

Political Commentator And Columnist Mark Shields Dies at 85

OBITUARIES | Jun 19, 2022

Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields, who shared his insight into American politics and wit on "PBS NewsHour" for decades, died Saturday. He was 85.

US Opens COVID Vaccine To Little Kids; Shots Begin This Week

US Opens COVID Vaccine To Little Kids; Shots Begin This Week

FAMILY | By Mike Stobbe | Jun 19, 2022

The U.S. on Saturday opened COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Black Americans Living Abroad Reflect on Juneteenth

Black Americans Living Abroad Reflect on Juneteenth

NATIONAL | By Annika Wolters | Jun 19, 2022

As the United States marks only the second federally recognized Juneteenth, Black Americans living overseas have embraced the holiday as a day of reflection and an opportunity to educate people in their host countries on Black history.

Yellowstone National Park to Partly Reopen after Floods

Yellowstone National Park to Partly Reopen after Floods

NATIONAL | Jun 19, 2022

Yellowstone National Park will partially reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, after catastrophic flooding destroyed bridges and roads and drove out thousands of tourists.

7 Arrested in House Office Building Linked to Colbert Show

7 Arrested in House Office Building Linked to Colbert Show

POLITICS | By Michael Balsamo | Jun 18, 2022

U.S. Capitol Police said Friday that officers arrested seven unauthorized people in a congressional office building Thursday night and charged them with unlawful entry.

Drag Story Hour Hosts, Under Attack, Dig in Their Heels

Drag Story Hour Hosts, Under Attack, Dig in Their Heels

FAMILY | By Olga R. Rodriguez and Ali Swenson | Jun 18, 2022

Protesters pray outside a library in New York City as Flame, a drag queen sporting a bright wig and a red gown, entertains the children inside by singing the ABCs, leading a coloring activity and reading books about how it's OK to be different.

Biden's Optimism Collides with Mounting Political Challenges

Biden's Optimism Collides with Mounting Political Challenges

POLITICS | By Will Weissert and Zeke Miller | Jun 18, 2022

Democrats are going to hold onto the House after November's midterm elections. They will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda.

Russian Health Official Flummoxed: Sex Isn't Driving Monkeypox Outbreak

Russian Health Official Flummoxed: Sex Isn't Driving Monkeypox Outbreak

INTERNATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Jun 18, 2022

A Russian health official seems not to know what to make of the fact that sexual contact isn't the primary driver of the monkeypox outbreak.

Watch: Catholic Bishop Says Pride, BLM Flags Disqualify School from Being Catholic

Watch: Catholic Bishop Says Pride, BLM Flags Disqualify School from Being Catholic

RELIGION | By Kilian Melloy | Jun 18, 2022

A Massachusetts bishop says that a Jesuit middle school in the state can no longer be considered Catholic because it flies Pride and BLM banners.

Watch: Fires Set to Pride Decorations Burn Baltimore Homes, Leave 3 People Hospitalized

Watch: Fires Set to Pride Decorations Burn Baltimore Homes, Leave 3 People Hospitalized

CRIME | By Kilian Melloy | Jun 17, 2022

Four homes were burned in a Baltimore arson attack that hospitalized three victims. Of the fires that were reportedly started, one was on a Pride flag, and another was on a home "adorned with Pride decorations."

WHO Expert Reassures Pride Organizers about Monkeypox

WHO Expert Reassures Pride Organizers about Monkeypox

PRIDE | By Kilian Melloy | Jun 17, 2022

An expert at the World Health Organization has reassured Pride organizers that the monkeypox outbreak is no reason not to go forward with planned events.

Player Who Helped Inspire 'A League of Their Own' Comes Out — at Age 95

Player Who Helped Inspire 'A League of Their Own' Comes Out — at Age 95

SPORTS | By Kilian Melloy | Jun 17, 2022

Maybelle Blair played on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), which inspired the film (and new TV series) "A League of Their Own." Blair has just come out... at the age of 95.

Out WNBA Star Sue Bird Announces Impending Retirement from Basketball

Out WNBA Star Sue Bird Announces Impending Retirement from Basketball

SPORTS | By Tim Booth | Jun 17, 2022

After 21 professional seasons, one of the greatest basketball careers ever is nearing its end. Sue Bird says the 2022 season will be her last playing in the WNBA.

'Freedom Rider' Convictions from 1947 Vacated for Gay Icon Bayard Rustin, Others

'Freedom Rider' Convictions from 1947 Vacated for Gay Icon Bayard Rustin, Others

NATIONAL | By Tom Foreman | Jun 17, 2022

Legendary civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and three others who were sentenced to work on a chain gang after they launched the first of the "freedom rides" will have their sentences posthumously vacated.

Anti-LGBTQ+ Church Leader, 'Forced Adoptions' Targets of New Sanctions on Russia

Anti-LGBTQ+ Church Leader, 'Forced Adoptions' Targets of New Sanctions on Russia

INTERNATIONAL | Jun 17, 2022

Britain announced a new round of sanctions Thursday against Russia, targeting the virulently anti-LGBTQ+ head of the Russian Orthodox Church for his prominent support for the war in Ukraine.

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