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'Shady' Group 'Played' Pope During His US Visit

Meet the anti-LGBT group called Liberty Counsel

(Newser) - Pope Francis' encounter with Kim Davis generated much media buzz and some clarification from the Vatican . Now the Daily Beast looks at an anti-LGBT legal group called Liberty Counsel that supported Davis and spun the story in her favor—but the profile is none too flattering. "At the end... More »

Tenn. Official: God, Don't Smite Us for Gay Marriage

Blount County commissioner writes resolution begging His mercy

(Newser) - With same-sex marriage now the law of the land, the commissioner of Blount County, Tenn., is proposing a resolution asking that the Supreme Being "pass us by in His coming wrath and not destroy our county as he did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities." Karen Miller'... More »

Bakery Owners Won't Pay Gay Couple $135K for Cake Refusal

Claim it would cause 'financial ruin,' despite at least $515K raised via crowdfunding

(Newser) - A couple ordered by the state of Oregon to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple they refused to make a wedding cake for won't pay up—despite the fact that more than half a million dollars has been raised for them via crowdfunding, the Oregonian reports.... More »

Pope's Comments on Plane Will Make Kim Davis Happy

Says government workers have a 'human right' to refuse gay marriage licenses

(Newser) - Pope Francis made news even while flying home to Rome after his US visit, weighing in on the issue of gay marriage with comments sure to please Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis . Asked whether government employees should be allowed to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the pope... More »

Until Recently, Kentucky Clerk Was a Democrat

But Kim Davis is switching political parties

(Newser) - Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats in her fight against same-sex marriage. Davis made the announcement while in Washington, DC, to attend the Family Research Council's Value Voters Summit, said Charla Bansley, a spokeswoman... More »

Kim Davis Accused of Violating Judge's Order

Deputy clerk says changes Davis made to licenses may invalidate them

(Newser) - One of Kim Davis' deputy clerks filed a notice in court yesterday claiming the sweeping changes Davis made to marriage license forms upon her return to work this week may make them invalid, NBC News reports. If that turns out to be the case, it could violate a judge's... More »

Kim Davis' Office Issues First Same-Sex Marriage License

Without the Kentucky county clerk's help

(Newser) - Kim Davis said this morning she wouldn't authorize any marriage licenses now that she's back at work, and she has so far kept to her word. But that didn't stop Carmen and Shannon Wampler-Collins from obtaining their Rowan County license this morning, making them the first same-sex... More »

Fight Against Gay Marriage Costing States Millions

'It's the price governments pay for defending bigotry'

(Newser) - Attorneys who fought for the rights of same-sex couples around the country want taxpayers to know how much their lawmakers cost them by obstinately waging a losing battle against gay marriage, Al Jazeera America reports. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling this summer, lawyers for the plaintiffs in... More »

Kim Davis Needs to Rest Before Returning to Work

She won't be back to work until Friday at the earliest

(Newser) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis may be a free woman , but she won't be reporting back to work today or tomorrow. An attorney for Davis explains that she "needs time to rest" after her stint in jail and won't return to her job in Kentucky until Friday... More »

Kentucky Clerk Gets Out of Jail

Judge orders Kim Davis released

(Newser) - The Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been released from jail, reports Reuters , which is streaming live video of Kim Davis being greeted by supporters including Mike Huckabee outside the jail. The AP reports that a judge lifted the contempt of court order... More »

Why the Kentucky Clerk Could Be in Jail Until January

It has to do with the state's legislature

(Newser) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' husband yesterday said of his jailed wife, "Until something gives, she'll be there." The AP today sheds some light on just how long that could be. US District Judge David Bunning has said he will keep Davis in jail until she agrees... More »

Oregon Judge Won't Perform Gay Marriages

He's citing 'deeply held religious beliefs'

(Newser) - A judge in Oregon is refusing to perform same-sex marriages because of "deeply held religious beliefs," reports KGW . Judge Vance Day—former chairman of the state's Republican Party—created a legal defense fund yesterday, apparently to pay for expenses he expects to incur fighting allegations he's... More »

Kentucky Clerk Willing to Stay in Jail for Months

Husband says Kim Davis is doing fine

(Newser) - County clerk Kim Davis has no plans to try to get herself out of jail anytime soon. Her husband says she's in good spirits after her first night behind bars and won't quit as Rowan County clerk in Kentucky, reports the Courier-Journal , which frames her as willing to... More »

Jailed Clerk's Son Also Won't Issue Marriage Licenses

But 5 other deputy clerks will, so he won't face jail or fines

(Newser) - After Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed today for refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, five of her deputy clerks agreed to comply with a court order to start issuing licenses tomorrow, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. But there was one holdout: Davis' son Nathan, who told Judge... More »

Judge Won't Divorce Couple Because of Gay Marriage

He says since Supreme Court redefined marriage it now has to define divorce

(Newser) - Two Tennessee residents are being forced to stay married by a judge with an apparent bone to pick over the US Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The couple filed for divorce in 2014, and last week Judge Jeffrey Atherton refused to grant... More »

Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk to Jail

Kim Davis held in contempt for refusing to give marriage licenses to gay people

(Newser) - The most famous county clerk in the land is going to jail. A judge in Kentucky today ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail for her repeated refusals to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, reports . US District Judge David Bunning held Davis in contempt and said... 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 »

Woman Denied Child Custody, Visitation After Same-Sex Divorce

Judge rules Michelle Conover was '3rd party,' not a 2nd parent, to 5-year-old

(Newser) - A Maryland appeals court has ruled that a lesbian woman has no right to visitation or custody of a child whom the woman's former partner gave birth to before the couple married. The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Court of Special Appeals has upheld a ruling by... More »

Kentucky Clerk Should Heed Scalia's Advice and Quit

Washington Post writer digs up justice's opinion on similar matter

(Newser) - The Kentucky clerk taking a stand against gay marriage will appear before a federal judge tomorrow to defend herself. But if Kim Davis is looking for judicial counsel, she should look to the writings of Antonin Scalia, argues Jonathan Adler in the Washington Post . It will then become clear that... More »

Ky. Clerk Defies SCOTUS, Still Won't Issue Licenses

Kim Davis says she has 'God's authority' to reject gay couples

(Newser) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis reported to work this morning to "face her moment of truth." But the Kentucky official who's been refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses ignored yesterday's Supreme Court rejection of her appeal for an "asylum for her conscience" and, "under... More »

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