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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 »

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 Doesn't Mind If You Call Her 'Hitler'

Couples accuse her of 'adulterating' marriage licenses

(Newser) - Kim Davis is back at work as a Kentucky court clerk and she says people have the right to call her what they want for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ABC News reports. She has been called "Hitler," a hypocrite , and a homophobe, but "... 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 »

Kentucky Billboard Has a Message for Kim Davis

County clerk returns to work today

(Newser) - Kim Davis is probably going back to work today , and there's a good chance that the Kentucky county clerk will pass a billboard with her name on it on the way in. The nonprofit group Planting Peace has paid for a large ad reading: "Dear Kim Davis, the... 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 »

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 »

Kim Davis Appeals Jailing

Lawyer says holdout clerk didn't receive due process

(Newser) - Kim Davis is prepared to stay in jail indefinitely rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or quit her job, but her lawyers are trying to get the Kentucky county clerk out immediately. "While most Americans are enjoying the extended holiday weekend with family and friends, Kim Davis... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Kentucky Clerk Asks Judge Not to Punish Her

State Senate leader is on her side

(Newser) - Can county clerk Kim Davis refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, keep her job, and avoid a contempt of court charge? She seems to think so, and the president of Kentucky's senate is on her side. Davis is due before a federal judge at 11am, and in a last-minute... 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 »

Holdout Kentucky Clerk Has Been Married 4 Times

Kim Davis can't easily be fired

(Newser) - Does Kim Davis get an employee discount on marriage licenses? The Kentucky court clerk making headlines for her refusal to grant licenses to same-sex couples is now on her fourth marriage, reports US News & World Report , noting that the 49-year-old was divorced in 1994, 2006, and in 2008. Confusingly,... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Judge Against Gay Marriage Has Couples Sign Letter

James DePiazza says it's 'to let them know where I stand'

(Newser) - A judge who opposes same-sex marriage plans to keep performing civil ceremonies anyway—as long as couples acknowledge how he feels. "[I want] to let them know where I stand," Texas Judge James DePiazza, who is Catholic, tells the Houston Chronicle . "I would want to know that... More »

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