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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 »

Catholic School Staffer: My Gay Marriage Got Me Fired

Margie Winters married her partner in 2007

(Newser) - Parents of students at a Catholic elementary school in Pennsylvania say they're outraged by the school's apparent decision to fire its religious education director because she's married to a woman. In an email last week, the principal of Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion said Margie Winters had... More »

Kentucky Clerk Sued for Blocking All Marriages

She says her conscience won't let her issue licenses

(Newser) - Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses— or any marriage licenses at all —following the US Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against Rowan County... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Christian Couple Decides to Divorce If Gays Can Marry

But they'd still be 'husband' and 'wife'

(Newser) - Couples have been known to hold off on tying the knot until gay marriage is legal. A Christian couple in Australia, however, says they will divorce if gay marriage is allowed. "My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. But later this year, we may be getting a... More »

Gay Couples Are Doing This Better

They're better at sharing chores

(Newser) - In traditional, opposite-sex relationships, most women still do the vast majority of chores—regardless of how many hours they work or how much money they make. But for same-sex couples, where there isn't the traditional gender-based division of labor to fall back on, the chores are more often shared... More »

JK Rowling Shuts Down Homophobes (Again) on Twitter

This time it was Westboro Baptist Church protesting Gandalf/Dumbledore wedding

(Newser) - The Westboro Baptist Church protests against pretty much everyone and everything, so any shock value they may have had wore off long ago. But one person they shouldn't have set their sights on is JK Rowling, who effectively owned the anti-gay group after members started sparring with her on... More »

Gay Marriage on Track for Win in Historic Ireland Vote

Early signs suggest an easy victory

(Newser) - The world is about to have its first country to accept gay marriage through a popular vote. Though final results aren't expected for hours, both sides say the "yes" side has won an easy victory in yesterday's referendum , reports the Irish Times . One of the main opponents... More »

5 Things to Know About Ireland's Historic Vote

Opinion polls point to 'yes' on gay marriage, but advocates are nervous

(Newser) - Ireland's voters decide today whether to legalize gay marriage , with results of the referendum set to be announced tomorrow. While 19 other nations and most US states have already legalized gay marriage, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote. Five things to know:
  • Why is Ireland voting?
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Gay Pal Suing Me for Not Doing Wedding Flowers: Florist

Barronelle Stutzman says she gently turned down one of her 'favorite' clients

(Newser) - "I'm sorry I can't do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ." That's how florist Barronelle Stutzman describes the way she gently broke the news to one of her favorite clients that she wouldn't be able to do the flowers for his... More »

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