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Wyoming latest US state to legalize gay marriage

Wyoming becomes latest US state to legalize gay marriage after Supreme Court decision
Bob Moen, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Same-sex marriage has arrived in Wyoming, the conservative western mountain state where the 1998 beating death of a gay student helped spark the movement that has culminated in a broad expansion of gay rights around America.

Gay couples began to apply for marriage licenses Tuesday, shortly after the state began to recognize same-sex unions, albeit far more quietly than in other places where bans were recently struck down.

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Catholic bishops scrap watered-down welcome to gays in document in sign of deep division
Nicole Winfield And Daniela Petroff, The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY - Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

The bishops approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging there were "positive elements" in civil heterosexual unions outside the church and even in cases when men and women were living together outside marriage.

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