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Clerk Rejects Gay Couple's License Bid for 3rd Time

'She can't get away with this,' couple says of Kentucky's Kim Davis

(Newser) - A gay couple trying to acquire a marriage license in Kentucky has been blocked for a third time by a Rowan County clerk who says issuing such a license goes against her Christian beliefs—even after a federal judge ordered her to issue the license, the Courier-Journal reports. James Yates... More »

Baker Who Refused Gay Wedding Cake Loses in Court

A third Colorado court calls it discriminatory

(Newser) - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple lost his third court case today when the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld two earlier rulings that he was guilty of discrimination, the Denver Post reports. Back in 2012, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to... More »

Ky. Clerk Digs in, Still Blocking Gay Marriages

Judge ordered Kim Davis' office to issue licenses only yesterday

(Newser) - A Kentucky clerk's office turned away two gay couples seeking marriage licenses today, defying a federal judge's order that dismissed her argument involving religious freedom. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis ' office rejected the couples' bid for licenses just hours after a US district judge ordered her to... More »

Anti-Gay Bakery Raises Record Amount of Money

Company that refused wedding cake has received nearly $500K in donations

(Newser) - Things are working out for an Oregon bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Though Sweet Cakes by Melissa shut its doors and had to pay $135,000 in damages to the lesbian couple it refused, donors have responded in record-breaking fashion, reports NBC News... More »

Woman Who Is Losing Wife to Cancer Sues Walmart

Walmart accused of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday accusing Walmart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses. Jacqueline Cote says Walmart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering benefits for same-sex spouses. The couple incurred at least $150,000 in medical... More »

Mo. County Orders Year of 'Mourning' Over Gay Marriage

Dent County officials vote to lower flags below half-staff to protest gay nuptials

(Newser) - When Alex Sellers saw the story in his local paper, he thought it was an Onion article. But the 26-year-old Missouri man was horrified to find out what he was reading was true: Three Republican commissioners in Dent County voted yesterday to lower county flags to half-staff to observe a... More »

Refusing to Make Gay-Wedding Cake Costs Bakery $135K

Sweet Cakes by Melissa has to pay up after state rules it discriminated

(Newser) - An Oregon bakery's refusal to serve a lesbian couple has resulted in the most expensive wedding cake never baked in recent memory after the state labor board ordered Sweet Cakes by Melissa to pay $135,000 in damages for discrimination. The case dates back to January 2013, reports the... More »

3rd Major Church Votes in Favor of Gay Marriage

Landslide Episcopal vote changes church law

(Newser) - The leaders of the Episcopal Church have approved same-sex marriage by a more resounding margin than the Supreme Court did last week: The church's House of Deputies voted 173-27 in favor of new rules and rituals that will allow same-sex couples to be married in church, the AP reports.... More »

Kentucky Clerks Blocking All Marriages

Legal experts say they can expect to be sued

(Newser) - Clerks in at least five Kentucky counties are refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and heterosexual couples, citing their beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. "I have always tried to be fair to everyone and treat everyone the same," a clerk tells the... More »

Texas AG: Clerks Can Reject Gay Marriage

Paxton says they can follow their religious beliefs

(Newser) - County clerks in Texas with a religious objection to gay marriage should feel free to follow their conscience and not the Supreme Court's landmark ruling , according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. In an opinion released yesterday, Paxton said that clerks can refuse to issue licenses to gay couples,... More »

Colbert to Scalia: You Already Had Your Head in a Sack

Oh, and please stop by my show!

(Newser) - Justice Antonin Scalia fiercely dissented in yesterday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage —so fiercely that he inspired a Scalia burn-generator , and vowed he would hide his "head in a bag." Responded Stephen Colbert, "I could’ve sworn he was already hiding his head in... More »

The White House Looks Like This Tonight

A colorful end to a historic day

(Newser) - The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. The colors illuminated the north side of the White House as Obama returned this evening from Charleston, South Carolina, where he delivered the eulogy of the funeral of Clementa... More »

SCOTUS Ruling Is Financial Win for Gay Couples, Too

It all has to do with Social Security benefits

(Newser) - Not only does today's Supreme Court ruling mean gay couples nationwide can marry—it also means they can add as much as $250,000 or more to their lifetime Social Security benefits, experts tell USA Today . That's because homosexual married couples can now take advantage of the same... More »

Gay Marriage Ruling: What the 4 Dissenters Had to Say

Lines from John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today declared that gay couples have a right to marry anywhere in America in a 5-4 ruling. In what Politico calls a "rare occurrence," each of the four dissenters penned their own dissent. Here's what they wrote :
  • John Roberts: "If you are among
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Essence of Gay Marriage Ruling Is in One Paragraph

Anthony Kennedy's prose moves court watchers

(Newser) - The New Republic calls it "the most powerful paragraph" in today's Supreme Court decision in support of gay marriage , Sarah Kliff at Vox says it stands out as a "moving piece of writing," especially for a judicial decision, and Josh Greenman of the Daily News tweets... More »

5 Best Twitter Reactions to Gay Marriage Ruling

Social media is blowing up right now with every color of the rainbow

(Newser) - The historic SCOTUS ruling today legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states has spurred more than a few dissents , a flurry of thinkpieces, and some quirky infographics, tweets, and other promos on Twitter with the #LoveWins and other related hashtags. See the photo gallery for just a handful of favorites. More »

Obama: 'We've Made Our Union a Little More Perfect'

President hails the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

(Newser) - Yesterday, President Obama said the Supreme Court created a "good day for America" because of its ObamaCare ruling. Well, now he thinks the justices are two for two. Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama hailed today's decision in support of gay marriage , saying the court "reaffirmed that... More »

SCOTUS Says Yes to Gay Marriage

Historic 5-4 ruling means same-sex marriages can't be banned in any states

(Newser) - Perhaps the most anticipated Supreme Court case has been decided, and it's a yes for same-sex marriage throughout the land. In a ruling authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court voted 5-4 today that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, the AP reports. Kennedy wrote that gays and lesbians "... More »

Supreme Court Starts Rolling Out Major Rulings Today

Gay marriage, ObamaCare decisions expected today through Monday (maybe beyond)

(Newser) - We don't know which rulings will come when, but starting today through Monday (and perhaps beyond that), the Supreme Court is scheduled to let the hammer fall on seven major cases that will reverberate through the nation, NBC News reports. A quick rundown of what's on the docket:... More »

Texas Allows Gay Divorce, Still Outlaws Gay Marriage

Governor calls the court ruling wrong

(Newser) - The Texas Supreme Court upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple today, turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can't dissolve a marriage it didn't recognize in the first place. The court, which is entirely stocked with elected Republicans, ruled in a 5-3... More »

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