Belarus Nobel Peace laureate chose to return home despite jail warning, friend says

Ales Bialiatski in a defendants' cage during a court session in Minsk, Belarus, on Nov. 2, 2011. (Sergei Grits / AP) Ales Bialiatski in a defendants' cage during a court session in Minsk, Belarus, on Nov. 2, 2011. (Sergei Grits / AP)

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Landmark same-sex marriage bill wins U.S. Senate passage

The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex marriages, an extraordinary sign of shifting national politics on the issue and a measure of relief for the hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples who have married since the Supreme Court's 2015 decision that legalized gay marriage countrywide.

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