Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Appeals court panel appears divided on Utah gay marriage ban

Denver

Court at odds on Utah ban on gay marriage

The push for same-sex marriage, which has celebrated victories across the country, entered an uncertain stage Thursday as a federal appeals court appeared divided on whether socially conservative Utah could limit marriage to a man and a woman. In a packed courtroom, three judges — two appointed by Republican presidents and one by a Democrat — from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sparred with lawyers about how such bans affect children of same-sex parents and whether preventing gay couples from marrying does anything to promote or strengthen heterosexual unions and families.

Moscow

Putin threatens Europe over gas

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill, which far exceeds a bailout package offered by the International Monetary Fund. Putin's letter to 18 mostly Eastern European leaders aimed to divide the 28-nation European Union and siphon off to Russia the billions the international community plans to lend to Ukraine. Also Thursday, NATO released satellite photos showing Russian military equipment it described as part of a deployment of as many as 40,000 troops near the border with Ukraine.

Washington

Congress rejects Iran ambassador

Congress has said no way to Iran's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, outraged by the prospect of a member of a group responsible for the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran stepping on U.S. soil. In a rare unanimous vote Thursday, the House backed a bill to bar U.S. entry to an individual found to be engaged in espionage, terrorism or a threat to national security. The vote came four days after similar action in the Senate and sends the bill to the White House. The move forces President Barack Obama to make a decision that could have serious diplomatic repercussions.

Times wires

Appeals court panel appears divided on Utah gay marriage ban 04/10/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    Adeiny Hechavarria is quick to make his presence felt.
  2. St. Petersburg showdown: Kriseman faces Baker for first time tonight at the Rev. Louis Murphy Sr.'s church

    Local Government

    A standing-room-only crowd packed a Midtown church banquet hall Tuesday to witness the first face-off between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker in what is a watershed mayoral contest in the city's history.

    Former Mayor Rick Baker, left, is challenging incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, to become St. Petersburg mayor.
  3. At College World Series, the save goes to an LSU dad/doctor

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — The father of LSU pitcher Jared Poche' helped revive an 87-year-old man who was slumped on the TD Ameritrade Park concourse with no pulse during Game 1 of the College World Series finals.

    UF’s Tyler Dyson delivers against LSU in Tuesday’s late CWS Game 2. Go to tampabay.com/sports.
  4. Plant City police searching for drive-by shooter

    News

    PLANT CITY — Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in an early morning drive-by shooting outside a home.

    John J. Keeper, 49, was shot in the thigh in a drive-by shooting early Tuesday outside this home at 516 E Laura St. in Plant City. [Hillsborough County Property Appraiser]
  5. FSU-Tulane coming to Amalie Arena in December

    Blogs

    Florida State basketball is coming to Tampa.