Local elections are heating up, including one for Rowan county clerk in Kentucky. The position, currently held by gay marriage opponent Kim Davis, is being challenged by one of the men to whom she denied a marriage license in 2015. This continues a trend of everyday people defiantly challenging incumbents with whom they have personal scores to settle, which began in the Virginia elections this November.
Despite becoming legal nationwide in 2015, North Dakota is still formally opposing same-sex marriage. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the state (like many others) needed to update its local laws to reflect the new freedom by removing mention of marriage between “one man and one woman” and “husband and wife.” However, Republicans in the state Senate defeated the new bill after if passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Seriously, North Dakota? This is just a formality at this point — you guys are just being incredibly bigoted and stubborn.
Mississippi Christian cake baker Mitchell Moore blasted lawmakers in his state this week for the ‘stupidity’ of passing a law that ‘decriminalizes discrimination’ against LGBT people.
The following is an excerpt from the new book Don't Tell Me To Wait by Kerry Eleveld (Basic Books, 2015):
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis has become a right-wing national hero for her steadfast refusal to abide by federal legislation making marriage equality a national right. For months on end, Davis has used various illegal means in order to shirk the duties of her office, from not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples to declining to sign the licenses once issued. At one point, Davis was even arrested for her lack of compliance but remained undeterred in her crusade to prevent same-sex marriage in her Kentucky county. Now, thanks to newly elected Republican governor Matt Bevin, who is rolling back multiple gains made by Democratic predecessor Steve Beshear, Davis has won a victory in her bigoted battle.
A video of two gay men in Morehead, Kentucky calling the police after being refused a marriage license by Rowan County went viral last night, mounting over 327,000 views in less that a day.
Today's landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all fifty states was a sweet, if not long overdue, victory for millions of LGBT and their allies. None more so than Jim Obergefell, the man who filed the suit decided on today who's been struggling since 2013 to have his marriage to John Arthur - since deceased - recognized by the state of Ohio.
Fearful that they will be arrested, the majority of Florida’s clerks of the court will refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couple in January, reports the Associated Press.
Major League Baseball outfielder Torii Hunter, a five-time All Star who played for the Detroit Tigers this year, invoked the name of Martin Luther King Jr. in a recent political advertisement against gay marriage.
Tom Witt had planned an ambush. The burly director and lobbyist for Equality Kansas who moves and talks more like a Marine drill sergeant than laid-back Kansan, had spent days working to pack a state Senate hearing room with surrogate parents, babies on their laps, their grandparents and doctors. They came because Republican Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, the Committee on Public Health and Welfare’s chair, brought up her bill last January to criminalize yet another practice that didn’t fit the religious right’s vision of family. Her bill primarily targeted same-sex couples that wanted to adopt and raise children.