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Kentucky Taxpayers Must Pay $225K in Kim Davis Case

Judge orders the state to pay legal fees for those who sued the clerk

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in legal fees because a county clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, the AP reports. US District Judge David Bunning on Friday ordered the state to pay $222,695 in fees to... More »

Kim Davis' Lawyers: Tweaked Licenses Are Valid

Marriage license changes were approved by governor, AG: lawyers

(Newser) - Kim Davis didn't violate a judge's order when she made a host of changes to marriage license forms in Kentucky's Rowan County, her lawyers say. Couples who sued Davis argued the changes—including the removal of her name and a note that the licenses were issued under... More »

Kim Davis Unwittingly Issued Transgender Marriage License

Camryn Colen and his wife Alexis married in Kentucky in February

(Newser) - Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses since the US Supreme Court legalized the unions in June, unwittingly issued a marriage license to a transgender man and his girlfriend in February. Camryn Colen, a pizza deliveryman in rural Kentucky who was born Cathy and... More »

George Clooney Got Himself a Marriage License

It was publicly displayed in London for 21 days

(Newser) - This is really happening. George Timothy Clooney, 53, and Amal Ramzi Alamuddin, 36, will soon be tying the knot in Italy, according to the marriage license recently spotted outside Chelsea Old Town Hall in London, reports the AP . A register office spokesman confirmed "that the couple posted a legal... More »

Arkansas OKs 1st Gay Marriages —But Barely

Clerk in training says she's 'happy to do it'

(Newser) - Arkansas today issued its first gay-marriage licenses thanks to a rather bold deputy clerk in training, the Arkansas Times reports. The day after a judge struck down a state ban on gay marriage, about 50 couples arrived at the Eureka Springs courthouse this morning—and were told by the deputy... More »

Pennsylvania Judge Bars Gay-Marriage Licenses

One county clerk took it upon himself to start issuing them, despite state law

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania judge today ordered a suburban Philadelphia court clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini said Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes did not have the power to decide on his own whether Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban violates the... More »

Lesbian Seeking Marriage License Arrested in NC

Nine gay couples turned away from registry office

(Newser) - A lesbian who refused to leave a North Carolina government office without a wedding license was taken away in handcuffs yesterday after what organizers say was the first of many protests against the state's newly passed gay marriage ban . After a march through downtown Winston-Salem, nine gay and lesbian... More »

DC Celebrates First Gay Marriages

Crush at marriage bureau as same-sex couples wed

(Newser) - Wedded bliss descended on Washington, DC, today, as the District’s first same-sex couples were married. About 15 couples visited the marriage bureau in the first hour it was open to pick up their certificates, the Post reports, with one couple running upstairs to the office of a judge to... More »

Hetero Calif. Couple Sues to Be Called Bride and Groom

'Party A,' 'Party B,' not romantic enough for lovers

(Newser) - A heterosexual California couple is suing the state to put the words “bride” and “groom” on their marriage license, the Sacramento Bee reports. Rachel Bird and Gideon Codding refused to sign their marriage document because they dislike the gender-neutral “Party A” and “Party B” used on... More »

After Gay Ruling, Calif. Scrambles to Fix Paperwork

Current marriage licenses provide only for 'bride' and 'groom'

(Newser) - The recent California Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriages has spawned a persnickety problem: what to do about current forms mentioning the "bride and groom" four times and prohibiting “alterations.” While one official assured the AP of “compliance with the court order,” an activist was... More »

It's Official: Jay-Z, Beyoncé Hitched!

Stars keep silent but file their marriage license

(Newser) - Even though Jay-Z and Beyoncé still haven't publicly confirmed rumors about their not-so-secret wedding, the couple has filed their marriage license in Scarsdale, NY, People magazine reports. The license lists the wedding date as April 4. Beyoncé has been seen since the ceremony on tour with Jay-Z sporting a large... More »

Beyonce, Jay-Z to Wed?

Hotties get marriage license in New York

(Newser) - Looks like Beyonce and Jay-Z could be headed to the altar. The power couple, an item since 2002, took out a marriage license yesterday morning in New York's Scarsdale,  People magazine reports. The license is good for 60 days. Beyonce’s rep had no comment, and a spokesman for... More »

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