Family issues - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Family issues Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The "Freedom to Serve Children Act" received a late push in the Legislature ahead of the Ma... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:03:00 GMT 2017-05-22T11:03:00Z Texas adoption agency 'religious refusal' closer to law AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans pushed the state closer to a law that allows publicly-funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The Senate gave final approval early Monday, sending it to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott for his considerat... Mon, 22 May 2017 06:27:00 GMT 2017-05-22T06:27:00Z 1 in 6 newlyweds' spouse is of different race or ethnicity WASHINGTON (AP) — More and more Americans are marrying people of different races and ethnicities, reaching at least 1 in 6 newlyweds in 2015, the highest proportion in American history, a new study released Thursday showed. Currently, there are 11 million people — or 1 out of 10 married people — in the United States with a spouse of a different race or et... Thu, 18 May 2017 18:55:00 GMT 2017-05-18T18:55:00Z Who are 3 judges who heard arguments on Trump travel ban? SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton heard the appeal Monday of Hawaii's challenge to President Trump's travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in its Seattle courthouse. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Vi... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:46:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:46:00Z Texas House OKs giving adoption agencies 'religious refusal' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill headed to the Texas Senate would allow publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The state House gave final approval 93-49 on Wednesday, after lengthy debate the previous night. The state Senate is even ... Wed, 10 May 2017 19:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T19:48:00Z Olympic skater Michelle Kwan and husband file for divorce PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan has filed papers in Rhode Island seeking divorce days after her husband, Clay Pell, filed for divorce in California. The Providence Journal ( ) reports both listed irreconcilable differences in their divorce papers. Pell filed for divorce March 27, while Kwan filed March 30. ... Wed, 10 May 2017 17:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T17:21:00Z Qantas boss gets pie in face from gay marriage opponent CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man who squashed a lemon meringue pie into Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce's face during a public address in Australia said Wednesday he was protesting Joyce's advocacy for same-sex marriage. Joyce, a gay, Irish-born 50-year-old, was giving a speech to 500 people in a Perth hotel on Tuesday when Tony Overheu approach... Wed, 10 May 2017 06:10:00 GMT 2017-05-10T06:10:00Z Texas House OKs letting adoption groups deny non-Christians AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many state-funded Texas adoption and foster care agencies routinely deny non-Christian, gay, and unmarried applicants on religious grounds — and legislation that got initial approval in the state House on Tuesday is designed to protect them from potential lawsuits from doing so. The private organizations, which are paid by the state t... Wed, 10 May 2017 04:11:00 GMT 2017-05-10T04:11:00Z The Latest: Texas House OKs rejecting non-Christian parents AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a Texas bill allowing adoption agencies to raise "religious objections" to would-be adoptive parents (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Publicly funded adoption agencies that ban non-Christian, unmarried, or gay prospective parents could soon be shielded by the state of Texas. The House v... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:48:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:48:00Z Texas votes to give immigration lockups child care licenses AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are advancing a proposal to license family immigrant detention centers as child care providers. The state Senate voted 20-11 Tuesday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would allow Texas to license two family lockdowns, despite a past state court ruling that such facilities do not meet minimum requirements to care for kids. The me... Wed, 10 May 2017 01:02:00 GMT 2017-05-10T01:02:00Z Domestic violence hotline: Immigration-linked calls increase NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's most prominent domestic violence hotline reports a sharp increase in calls from abuse victims struggling with issues related to their immigration status. The National Domestic Violence Hotline, established by Congress in 1996 and partly reliant on federal funding, says in its newly released annual report that it responded to 323,660 phone calls, ... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:30:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:30:00Z Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being Jewish, Muslim, gay, single, or interfaith couples, under a proposal in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Five other states have passed similar laws protecting faith-based adoption organiza... Sun, 07 May 2017 03:37:00 GMT 2017-05-07T03:37:00Z Trump's pick for Army post drops out amid growing criticism WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement that "false and misleading attacks" against him had turned h... Sat, 06 May 2017 04:06:00 GMT 2017-05-06T04:06:00Z By Tennessee law, words have 'natural and ordinary' meanings NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation requiring words in Tennessee law to be interpreted as having their "natural and ordinary meaning." Gay rights groups called it a sneaky way of denying same-sex couples the legal rights and protections granted to a "husband," a "wife," a "father" or "mother." No other state has a si... Fri, 05 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-05T21:31:00Z Tillerson calls for balancing US security interests, values WASHINGTON (AP) — Translating "America First" into diplomatic policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has proclaimed that the United States can't always afford to condition its foreign relationships and national security imperatives on countries adopting American values like human rights. Appearing before State Department employees anxious about changing... Thu, 04 May 2017 08:00:00 GMT 2017-05-04T08:00:00Z Tillerson: US won't insist nations adopt US values, rights WASHINGTON (AP) — Translating "America First" into diplomatic policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday declared the United States would no longer condition its foreign relationships on countries adopting U.S. values like human rights. He spoke to a State Department eager for answers about changing priorities and a sweeping, impending overhaul. ... Wed, 03 May 2017 23:35:00 GMT 2017-05-03T23:35:00Z Top Senate Democrat says he'll vote no on Trump's Army pick WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat declared Wednesday he'll vote against President Donald Trump's pick for Army secretary over what he said are disparaging comments the nominee has made about LGBT people, Latinos and Muslims. Chuck Schumer of New York said Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, is opposed to gay marriage and has s... Wed, 03 May 2017 22:10:00 GMT 2017-05-03T22:10:00Z Group urges Bengals to speak out against domestic violence CINCINNATI (AP) — An advocacy group is urging the Cincinnati Bengals to speak out against domestic violence after the team drafted a player who punched a woman in the face. Women Helping Women called on the team to take a public stand against domestic violence and sexual assault. The Bengals chose Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday... Tue, 02 May 2017 20:56:00 GMT 2017-05-02T20:56:00Z Family with 5 children adopts 6 foster children siblings FOREST PARK, Ohio (AP) — Six siblings who wanted to remain together have gotten their wish, thanks to their adoption by an Ohio couple with five biological children. Christopher and Christina Sanders live in the Cincinnati suburb Forest Park. They had taken the siblings in as their first foster children, ranging in age from 9 to 16. The Sanders' oldest biological child is 19... Mon, 01 May 2017 22:28:00 GMT 2017-05-01T22:28:00Z Candidates invoke Trump's name, God in Alabama Senate race MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Seated beneath the Ten Commandments plaque that first made him a conservative icon in the culture wars, U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore invokes President Donald Trump's campaign slogan — but with his own twist. "I support President Trump's agenda of making America great again. But I submit to you th... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:35:00 GMT 2017-04-30T13:35:00Z Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop NEW YORK (AP) — The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday. Bishop Karen Oliveto's civil marriage to another woman violates church law that bars clergy who are "self-avowed practicing homosexuals," ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:16:00 GMT 2017-04-29T04:16:00Z Take that, Washington! Texas looks to nullify federal laws AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans who control Congress and the White House have promised to slash the size of the federal government while easing regulations on guns, the environment and energy production. But in the nation's largest conservative state of Texas, it may not be enough. A proposal in the GOP-led Legislature would allow Texas to ignore federal... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:04:00 GMT 2017-04-28T05:04:00Z Alex Jones loses primary custody; ex-wife gets joint custody AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A jury has stripped right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of having primary custody of his children and awarded joint custody to his ex-wife. The Austin American-Statesman ( ) reports that state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo (nah-RAHN'-hoh) also announced Kelly Jones will decide where their three children will l... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:55:00 GMT 2017-04-28T03:55:00Z Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what's already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The fiery Republican jurist's stands against gay marriage and for a courthouse display of the Te... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:35:00 GMT 2017-04-27T12:35:00Z Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator. The mother is scheduled to appear in court next month and has pleaded not guilty to five counts of abuse and negl... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:45:00 GMT 2017-04-26T07:45:00Z HGTV's 'Flip or Flop' to return with divorcing co-hosts LOS ANGELES (AP) — The divorcing co-hosts of HGTV's "Flip or Flop" are returning to the show for a seventh season. HGTV announced late Monday that Tarek and Christina El Moussa will be back on the show for a 20-episode run beginning in December. Tarek El Moussa filed for divorce from Christina El Moussa in January. They have two childre... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:08:00 GMT 2017-04-25T00:08:00Z Obama dishes on leadership at 1st event since leaving office CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama used his first public appearance since leaving office to dole out advice to young people on leadership, managing social media and even marriage. What he didn't do was mention his successor. At a forum Monday for students at the University of Chicago, adjacent to where his presidential library will stand, Obama ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-04-24T19:15:00Z Hawaii bill giving equal access to fertility treatment dies HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill that sought equal access to fertility treatments for gay and lesbian couples and single women. The decision came after health care lobbyists argued it was a bad idea to make insurers cover a fertility procedure for surrogate mothers that gay male couples rely on to have a child. State Sen. ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:01:00 GMT 2017-04-22T06:01:00Z 'Infowars' host Jones says his on-air persona not a 'trick' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified Wednesday that he's sincere in his "Infowars" commentary but acknowledges he also uses satire and comedy on his show. The testimony in his child custody case stands in contrast to comments by his lawyer who last week argued that Jones is a performance artist whose true... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:59:00 GMT 2017-04-21T00:59:00Z Health care lobby pushes back on Hawaii LGBT fertility bill HONOLULU (AP) — Health care lobbyists in Hawaii are pushing lawmakers to kill part of a bill that would expand access to fertility treatments to same-sex couples who want to have a child. They're saying requiring insurers to cover fertility treatments for gestational carriers that male couples rely on could lead to legal problems. Under... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:43:00 GMT 2017-04-20T23:43:00Z