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  • Police arrest man accused of attacking woman, children outside home

    September 25, 2017 3:02 PM

    THIBODAUX - On Monday, police announced the arrest of a man accused of attacking a woman and her children outside of their home. On September 16, authorities say that Omar Harvey punched the woman in the face, causing her to fall backwards and hit her head on an ice... more »
  • Judge blocks law requiring birth certificates to marry

    August 9, 2017 1:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has permanently blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that prevented foreign-born U.S. citizens from getting married if they couldn't produce a birth certificate. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle's ruling Tuesday resolves a lawsuit that Lafayette resident Viet Anh Vo filed last year... more »
  • Senators restart debate over Louisiana marriage license law

    June 5, 2017 8:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have revived efforts to rewrite a Louisiana law requiring people to produce a birth certificate to get a marriage license, a statute that has been temporarily blocked. A federal judge in March stopped enforcement of the 2016 law after a foreign-born U.S. citizen sued because he... more »
  • Louisiana senators won't rework marriage law, defer to court

    May 30, 2017 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana senators have decided against rewriting a state marriage law that is temporarily blocked as part of an ongoing legal dispute, deferring to the courts. A federal judge in March stopped enforcement of a 2016 law requiring people to produce a birth certificate to get a marriage... more »
  • House advances change to La. law that kept man from marrying

    May 9, 2017 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill that would amend Louisiana's marriage law to allow foreign-born applicants to obtain a marriage license without producing a birth certificate has cleared its first legislative hurdle. A House committee advanced the bill on Tuesday, several weeks after a federal judge blocked enforcement of the law's... more »
  • Appeals court considers Mississippi LGBT law

    April 3, 2017 9:41 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Attorneys for both sides are expressing confidence after a federal appeals court heard arguments about Mississippi law dealing with religious objections to same-sex marriage. Three judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Monday in Lubbock, Texas. The Mississippi law would let merchants... more »
  • Louisiana lawmaker promises to fix marriage law

    March 23, 2017 9:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has cleared the way for a foreign-born U.S. citizen to get a marriage license in Louisiana, despite a law that took effect last year requiring him to have a birth certificate. U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle blocked the law Wednesday. Viet Anh Vo and... more »
  • Judge blocks Louisiana marriage law

    March 22, 2017 7:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has blocked a Louisiana law that prevents people without birth certificates from marrying. The judge's preliminary injunction means Viet Anh "Victor" Vo is likely to win his constitutional challenge of the state law if it goes to trial. Vo is a U.S. citizen who... more »
  • Texas court hears case to limit gay marriage legalization

    March 1, 2017 10:35 AM

    AUSTIN - The Texas Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that conservatives hope will provide an opening to challenge the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. The all-Republican court initially refused to hear the lawsuit, which challenged Houston's decision to offer same-sex spousal benefits to municipal employees.... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: A week after being shot, victim talks about mid-city shooting Play Video

    January 19, 2017 11:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The family involved in a Mid City parking lot shooting is speaking to just one station, detailing the horrifying moments they were shot at leaving Doe's Eat Place restaurant. The bullet struck Jacob Price just one quarter of an inch from his heart, missing his lungs, lodging... more »
  • Flood victim to be featured on "Say Yes to the Dress" Play Video

    January 13, 2017 12:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A stylist who lost everything in the flood will have her story told and wedding featured on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" next month. Kelli Hutchinson works at Hair Show on Perkins Road. When producers heard her story and how she lost everything ahead of... more »
  • Federal judge blocks Mississippi religious objections law

    July 1, 2016 11:16 AM

    JACKSON - A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that would let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny or delay services to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves filed orders in two lawsuits blocking the law just moments before it was to take effect Friday.... more »
  • Couple gets married underwater at N.O. aquarium

    June 21, 2016 12:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – A couple decided to take the ultimate dive into their lives together with an underwater wedding over the weekend. A Georgia couple, Jaime Craine and Blake Baker, got married Saturday, June 18, at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. The two tied the knot... more »
  • Philadelphia bar offers Leap Day marriage proposal prizes

    February 29, 2016 11:24 AM

    PHILADELPHIA - A historic Philadelphia tavern is offering some Leap Day incentives to women looking to settle down. KYW-TV reports McGillin's Olde Ale House is trotting out a Leap Day tradition encouraging women to propose to men. According to Irish folklore, February 29 was the one day of the year... more »
  • Library looking for mystery lovers Play Video

    December 29, 2015 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Someone popped the question on top of the East Baton Rouge Main Library on Goodwood Blvd. The library is trying to track down the mystery couple. Tuesday morning they found "Marry Me?" spelled out in rocks on the rooftoop. They believe the proposal likely happened Monday night... more »
  • Divorce granted to Mississippi same-sex couple after appeals

    December 1, 2015 7:40 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi state court has granted the first divorce to a same-sex couple, after appeals and a wait of more than two years. Lauren Czekala-Chatham and her lawyer said DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ended her marriage to Dana Ann Melancon on Tuesday. ... more »
  • Freed Kentucky clerk to skip work until Monday

    September 9, 2015 4:54 PM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - The day after she was released from jail, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis announced she would stay home from work until Monday, leaving unanswered whether she'll comply with a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis's attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel... more »
  • Kentucky clerk appeals her jailing over gay marriage

    September 7, 2015 4:27 PM

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Attorneys for the Kentucky clerk who was jailed last week because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said Monday they have filed an emergency motion with a federal court that they hope will result in Kim Davis' freedom. The filing seeks to have... more »
  • Gay Kentucky couple receives marriage license

    September 4, 2015 8:56 AM

    KENTUCKY- A gay couple walked out of a Kentucky clerk's office with a marriage license, hours after the county's defiant clerk was hauled to jail for refusing to license same-sex marriages. William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first to receive a marriage... more »
  • Judge orders defiant Kentucky clerk to jail

    September 3, 2015 1:15 PM

    ASHLAND, Ky. - A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis... more »
  • Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case

    August 31, 2015 7:46 PM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky county clerk who says her Christian faith should exempt her from having to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court on Monday denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' request for a stay while she pursues an... more »
  • Appeals court upholds gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

    August 26, 2015 5:04 PM

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis objects to issuing same-sex marriage licenses for religious reasons. She stopped issuing marriage licenses the day after the U.S. Supreme Court... more »
  • Sentenced to marriage

    August 14, 2015 8:59 PM

    AUSTIN, TEXAS- A complaint was filed against a judge who ordered a man to marry his girlfriend as a condition of probation. The Freed From Religion group filed the complaint against Smith County Court-at-Law Judge Randall Rogers with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct. That group advocates the... more »
  • East Texas man guilty of assault gets life...in matrimony

    August 7, 2015 6:02 PM

    TYLER, TX - An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to life - in matrimony. KLTV-TV reports 21-year-old Josten Bundy pleaded guilty on July 2 to assault with bodily injury for a February fistfight with the ex-boyfriend of 19-year-old Elizabeth Jaynes.... more »
  • Couple says Houma bakery refused to bake same-sex wedding cake

    August 3, 2015 3:05 PM

    HOUMA - A Houma couple is claiming that a local bakery refused to bake them a wedding cake earlier last week because of their same-sex relationship. According to a WWL-TV report, Sarah Matherne, who was planning her wedding to her girlfriend Jenita Billiot, said she called Caro's Cakes and... more »
  • IRS: College tax status not at risk over gay marriage

    July 29, 2015 6:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says religious colleges that don't accept gay marriage aren't at immediate risk of losing their tax-exempt status. At a Senate hearing, Utah Republican Mike Lee noted that Bob Jones University lost its tax-exempt status over its racial policies in the 1970s. Lee... more »
  • Kentucky clerk prayed over decision to stop issuing marriage licenses

    July 20, 2015 3:25 PM

    COVINGTON, Ky. - A county clerk in Kentucky says she prayed and fasted for months before deciding to stop issuing marriage licenses once the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis testified Monday in a federal hearing stemming from a lawsuit brought against her by... more »
  • Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing gay-marriage licenses

    July 2, 2015 6:37 PM

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses - or any marriage licenses at all - following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told The Associated Press that... more »
  • District judge orders La. to recognize same-sex marriages

    July 2, 2015 12:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge ordered Thursday that Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban was officially overturned and the state must recognize such unions immediately. The order from U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans specifically said the state must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in line... more »
  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

    July 1, 2015 1:39 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A federal judge says Alabama counties must abide by court decisions allowing gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile issued an order Wednesday updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Alabama. Granade says state probate judges can't discriminate against gay couples because... more »
  • Same-sex marriage fight turns to clerk who refuse licenses

    June 30, 2015 2:07 PM

    MOREHEAD, KY - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday morning to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying "you don't own marriage." They chanted "do your job." Moments later, she turned away a lesbian couple who walked... more »
  • ACLU, others sue Jindal over marriage executive order Play Video

    June 30, 2015 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ACLU and several others filed a joint lawsuit Tuesday to challenge Governor Bobby Jindal's executive order creating protections for people who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman. New Orleans law firm Herman and Katz filed the suit on behalf of... more »
  • State says accommodations needed for religious objectors

    June 29, 2015 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The top lawyer for Governor Bobby Jindal's administration said Monday that protections are still in place for any in Louisiana who have religious objections to same-sex marriage. The Jindal administration sent out executive counsel Thomas Enright's memo after multiple clerks of court began issuing marriage licenses... more »
  • Kentucky clerks object to ruling, halt marriage licenses

    June 29, 2015 2:53 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A few court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. Casey County Clerk Casey Davis says his religious convictions will not allow him to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.... more »
  • BR men say state's delays won't stop their marriage Play Video

    June 26, 2015 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A local same-sex couple said Friday was filled with excitement and disappointment for them after the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage and Louisiana's decision to hold off issueing marriage licenses. Tom Merrill and Patrick Cain have dated for more than 22 years and said they... more »
  • No specific date to expect gay marriage licenses Play Video

    June 26, 2015 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE -Gay couples in Louisiana won't be able to obtain official state marriage licenses for 25 days. The Clerk of Courts says they are waiting out the re-hearing period where the Supreme Court could hear the case again and make a different decision. That put many couples marriages... more »
  • Presidential candidates weigh in on gay marriage ruling

    June 26, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's division among several of the Republican candidates for president about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has condemned the decision by what he calls "five unelected justices" who make up the ruling's 5-4 majority. Santorum is a... more »
  • After ruling, Louisiana gays hope to get marriage licenses

    June 26, 2015 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Within moments of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, gays in New Orleans hoped to obtain marriage licenses soon. John Hill, a spokesman for Forum for Equality Louisiana, was on the steps of the civil courthouse Friday morning waiting for gay couples expected to... more »
  • Jindal vows to fight gay marriage

    June 26, 2015 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican leader running for the White House as a conservative Christian, quickly blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to uphold same-sex marriage across the nation. Calling gay marriage a "states' rights" issue, Jindal lambasted the Supreme Court for, in his words, "trampling"... more »
  • Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

    June 26, 2015 10:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.... more »
  • Secrets and Lies - Streaming Available

    June 10, 2015 1:37 PM

    Secrets and Lies follows Ben, a handsome and decent family man who works as a house painter, has his normal share of parenting problems with his teenage daughter, Natalie, and smart-as-a-whip 12-year-old daughter, Abby, as well as the usual marital struggles, which have lately come to a head. His wife... more »
  • Dueling executive orders over marriage

    May 21, 2015 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued his own executive order Thursday in response to Governor Bobby Jindal's religious objection order this week. The city said Landrieu's order called on city departments and agencies to comply with existing New Orleans code which prohibited discrimination in employment, housing and public... more »
  • Caldwell, 14 other AGs file brief supporting same-sex marriage ban

    April 2, 2015 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell joined more than a dozen other states in asking the U. S. Supreme Court not to legalize same-sex marriage. Attorneys general from 15 states filed an amicus brief calling on the Supreme Court to allow states to continue to have the... more »
  • Alabama county halts all marriages after same-sex ruling

    March 4, 2015 11:28 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - The probate court in one of Alabama's biggest counties says it won't issue any marriage licenses at all after the Alabama Supreme Court disagreed with a federal court and upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Mobile County's probate court posted a notice on its website Wednesday... more »
  • More Alabama counties allow gay marriage

    February 10, 2015 10:33 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - More Alabama counties are allowing same-sex marriage despite objections from the state's chief justice. Probate officials in three counties said Tuesday they'll begin issuing marriage licenses after receiving legal clarification. Many counties wouldn't issue licenses Monday after Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered probate judges not to... more »
  • Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

    February 9, 2015 12:04 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday, becoming the 37th state where gays can legally wed. Jefferson County probate judge Alan King issued a license to two women shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Alabama attorney general's request to extend a hold on... more »
  • Alabama chief justice: Don't issue gay marriage licenses

    February 4, 2015 1:05 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's chief justice is telling probate judges that they are not required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a federal judge's decision overturning the state's gay marriage ban. Roy Moore sent a letter Tuesday to probate judges, saying the judge's decision isn't binding on them.... more »
  • Court won't stay ruling overturning gay marriage ban

    February 3, 2015 11:10 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal appeals court order has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin next week in Alabama, with the panel refusing to stay a decision overturning the state's ban. On Tuesday, the three-judge panel from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Alabama Attorney General... more »
  • Lawmaker threatens to 'out' hypocrites opposing gay marriage

    January 27, 2015 11:56 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker is threatening to expose state politicians who have extramarital affairs but say gay marriage is immoral or bad for children. State Rep. Patricia Todd, a Birmingham Democrat, says she was furious over some of the comments made by some colleagues after they... more »
  • Alabama appeals decision blocking ban on same-sex marriage

    January 26, 2015 11:06 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The state of Alabama is appealing a federal judge's order overturning its ban on same-sex marriage. Attorney General Luther Strange's office filed notice Monday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying it would challenge the ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade. The move... more »
  • Federal judge strikes down gay-marriage ban in Alabama

    January 23, 2015 7:06 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal judge has struck down Alabama laws banning gay marriage. U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade ruled Friday in favor of two Mobile women who sued to challenge Alabama's refusal to recognize their marriage performed in California. Plaintiffs Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand said that they had... more »
  • Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

    January 16, 2015 2:55 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends. They might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference Friday if they want to resolve the... more »
  • Couple makes spirituality, sexuality work Play Video

    January 9, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many advocates of same-sex marriage say it's a matter of justice, human rights, and in some cases, religious freedom. Physician Patrick Cain and college professor Tom Merrill are praying the federal court overturns the ban on same sex marriage. "We're not going to go somewhere for... more »
  • La. lawyers argue against gay marriage in fed court

    January 9, 2015 4:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has made its case against gay marriage to a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Attorney Kyle Duncan, special counsel for the Louisiana attorney general's office, says same-sex weddings are a "novel perception" with unforeseen consequences, and states can and should decide whether... more »
  • Sister of slain actress crusades against Manson

    November 18, 2014 6:18 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Debra Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was slain in 1969 by the murderous followers of Charles Manson, has spent much of her life trying to divert attention from the cult leader and keep him in prison. Her job got tougher with the news that Manson, now 80,... more »
  • TV campaign for gay equality starting in Miss

    November 8, 2014 12:14 PM

    BRANDON, Miss. - A civil rights group is launching an advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of television... more »
  • Gay marriage move may mean something for Louisiana Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After the Supreme Court decided not to hear cases on same-sex marriages where states struck down a ban, some people in Louisiana think the move may push the state closer to the edge of allowing gay marriage. "That gives us a lot more hope than we've had... more »
  • Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage expansion

    October 6, 2014 8:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's order turning way appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage has triggered a series of moves in affected states to clear the way for gay and lesbian unions. Without comment, the justices brought to an end delays in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and... more »
  • Appeal notices filed in La. gay marriage case

    September 5, 2014 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gay marriage supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Friday in their challenge of the ban. The appeal now goes to the New... more »
  • No more arguments in Louisiana gay marriage case

    July 23, 2014 3:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has already heard arguments regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions of gay couples legally married in... more »
  • Justices hear arguments on Calif. gay marriage ban

    March 26, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - A lawyer seeking an end to California's ban on same-sex marriage is comparing it to bans on interracial marriages, a prohibition the Supreme Court declared illegal decades ago. In charged back-and-forth exchanges with justices, lawyer Theodore Olson said that the court should look to its 1967 Loving case,... more »

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