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2016 Republican candidates rally around Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

Washington (CNN) — Republican presidential candidates rallied around the Kentucky clerk taken into custody Thursday for not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, declined to heed a U.S. Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage, so on Thursday a …


Lawyers For Kim Davis Vow To Appeal Contempt Order

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After a legal showdown Thursday that resulted in her incarceration for civil contempt, Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has made headlines for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is expected to remain in custody for at least a week as …

Same-Sex Couples Issued Marriage Licenses In Rowan County, Ky.

For the first time in months, marriage licenses were issued in Rowan County, Ky., Friday. A federal judge found the defiant county clerk in contempt and placed her in jail Thursday.


With clerk jailed, gay Kentucky couple gets marriage license

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A gay couple emerged from a Kentucky county clerk's office with a marriage license in hand Friday morning, embracing and crying as the defiant clerk who runs the office remained jailed for her refusal to issue the licenses because she opposed same-sex marriage.

William Smith Jr. …


Kentucky Clerk Who Refuses Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Has Rocky Marital History, Kids Out of Wedlock

A Kentucky county clerk named Kim Davis refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but has been married four times and has two kids out of wedlock herself, the Associated Press reports.

Davis came under fire and is now facing lawsuits after she cited “God’s authority” as to why she refused to issue …


Clerk in gay marriage case to appear in federal court

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — The county clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly defied court orders by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples is set to go before a federal judge Thursday and could be held in contempt.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before …


Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is About to Get Filthy Rich

It's Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? time down at the federal courthouse.

She may not realize it at the moment, although I suspect she has realized it all along, but Kim Davis just became a political television star and a very rich lady besides.

The clerk, Kim Davis of Rowan County, was ordered …


Judge Won't Divorce Straight Couple Because Gay Marriage Is Legal

A Tennessee judge said the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide has left him unable to determine what constitutes divorce.

A Signal Mountain couple, Thomas and Pamela Bumgardner, are still legally married even though they don't want to be because of Hamilton County Chancellor …


Mike Huckabee says Hillary Clinton should go to jail before the anti-gay marriage Kentucky clerk

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), a 2016 presidential candidate, lashed out at the federal government after a Kentucky clerk was ordered to jail on Thursday for refusing a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

"We must end the criminalization of Christianity!" Huckabee declared on …


Here's What's Next For Kim Davis Now That She's Been Thrown In Jail For Contempt


A federal judge on Thursday ordered the indefinite detention of a renegade Kentucky clerk for contempt of court after she refused to follow an order he gave last month to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis has resisted multiple orders to begin …

Contempt of Court

Some Republicans are backing up the county clerk who's defying the court order to grant marriage licenses

Multiple Republican presidential candidates are lining up behind a county clerk in Kentucky who is refusing to issue marriage licenses due to her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, is facing repercussions from the state for defying the Supreme Court's order to give …


Clerk in gay marriage case to appear in federal court

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — The county clerk in Kentucky who has repeatedly defied court orders by refusing to issue gay marriage licenses is set Thursday to go before a federal judge who could hold her in contempt.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. …


The Fatal Flaw in Kim Davis’s Appeal

The tension between religious liberty and same-sex marriage may eventually come to a head in the courts, but probably not through the Kentucky clerk’s case.

As Rowan County clerk Kim Davis crawls further and further out on a limb, Supreme Court experts agree that she has little chance of prevailing. …


Kentucky Clerk: It's 'Impossible' For Me To Marry Gay Couples

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WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said in a court filing on Wednesday that it's "impossible" for her to authorize these marriages and she should not be punished.

After the Supreme Court legalized …


The Biblical Problem With Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis' Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

You may have heard that the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional a couple of months ago.

I believe at least a couple of news outlets reported on it.

Well, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis definitely heard the news and she wasn't happy about. However, unlike many of her fellow …


Why Hasn't Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, Defying Same-Sex Marriage Order, Been Fired?

Removing defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis from her position isn't an easy prospect.

Davis — the Rowan County official who said she feels empowered by "God's authority" to defy the U.S. Supreme Court and deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples — was elected to the position last November.

And, under …


Rand Paul says KY clerk’s gay marriage protest is ‘part of the American way’ - The Washington Post

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has given a mixed endorsement to a home state county clerk whose refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has become national news.

"I think people who do stand up and are making a stand to say that they believe in something is an important …


Law Professor: Davis Can't Evoke Religion To Deny Marriage Licenses

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Columbia Law professor Katherine Franke about Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Kentucky's Rowan County, who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


Rand Paul On Clerk Refusing Same-Sex Marriage Licences: Protest Is Part Of The American Way

“Whether or not people who still work for the state can do it without the legislature changing it, is something I’m going to leave up to the courts exactly how to do it,” Paul said.

During a radio interview on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul said that while a Kentucky county clerk refusing to issue marriage …


Lindsey Graham: Kentucky Clerk Must 'Comply With The Law Or Resign'

At least one prominent Republican is calling on the Kentucky clerk refusing to grant marriage licenses to LGBT couples to resign if she continues to resist.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that because Kim Davis is a public official, she should “comply with the law or resign.”

“The rule of …

Lindsey Graham

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis: Issuing A Gay Marriage License Is 'A Heaven Or Hell Decision'

After refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples once again, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis issued a statement Tuesday saying for her, it's "a Heaven or Hell decision."


Even after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage earlier this summer, Davis refused to issue marriage …


Pope Francis Blesses a Lesbian, Her Family, and Her Writing For Kids

Once again Pope Francis makes a human gesture that challenges the Church orthodoxy. Will official teachings change?

VATICAN CITY—One of the most challenging jobs on the planet must surely be doing public relations for Pope Francis. The unscripted pope likes to speak his mind and doesn’t always seem …

Gay Pride

The Vatican is in damage-control mode after the Pope sent his blessings to a same-sex family

When Francesca Pardi sent Pope Francis her children’s book, Why do you have two moms? she probably wasn’t expecting a response.

In her letter, sent on June 19, Pardi expresses respect for Catholics and says many have treated her well, but also says that representatives of the church have been …


Biden backers eye gay support, money for presidential bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Backers of Vice President Joe Biden are reaching out to donors and activists in the gay and lesbian community to line up financial and political support if Biden, who endorsed same-sex marriage before Hillary Clinton, decides to run for president.

Draft Biden, the outside …

Gay Rights

Mississippi Same-Sex Couples Ask Federal Court To Order Equal Adoption Rights

Couples ask court for quick action to stop enforcement of Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children.

WASHINGTON — Married same-sex couples on Friday asked a federal judge to order Mississippi to allow both parents to adopt a child, seeking a ruling that the state’s ban on such …

Rights & Freedoms

Here's What Happens When Two Gay Men Hold Hands In Lisbon

Well, this is a pleasant surprise!

YouTube personalities Lorenzo and Pedro, who hail from Portugal, decided to conduct a "social experiment" to see how locals in their capital city of Lisbon would react when they held hands on the street.

The pair, who are best known for their "Sexy Funny Kitchen" …

Gay Pride

Is the Gay Locker Room Curse Finally Over?

Two athletes came out and made history over the weekend. But after Michael Sam said he was ‘stepping away’ from football, can professional sports stars be openly gay and thrive?

On Monday, David Denson was attempting to return to daily life, after the warm and welcoming frenzy that followed his …


More than 60 gay couples to marry during mass wedding in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – More than 60 gay couples are preparing to exchange vows at a mass wedding in Puerto Rico, celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court ruling affecting the socially conservative U.S. territory.

Most of the couples are Puerto Ricans, but others from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, …


Gay marriage bill introduced to Australian parliament

A controversial bill to legalise same-sex marriage has been introduced to the Australian parliament.

The private member's bill comes amid heated debate among government MPs about whether to change the law or put the matter to a plebiscite.

The government's official position is that marriage should …