Marriage Equality

ALABAMA: Probate Judge Wants To Be Next Kim Davis

The next Kim Davis may be Alabama probate Judge Nick Williams, who has filed a motion with the state Supreme Court in which he demands the right not to officiate at same-sex weddings, which are a “license to engage in sodomy.” AL.com reports: Williams filed the petition for declaratory judgment or protective order in light of the recent jailing of …

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OPEN THREAD: GOP Debate Main Event

There was quite a lot of Kim Davis and Obergefell talk at the kids table debate and we can expect the same during the Donald Trump Show. Watch along with us and give us your best gay bitchitude. You can watch the debate on CNN’s live stream if you’re one of those cable-cutter people.

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Sixth Circuit Court To Kim Davis: Suck It

Another day, another smackdown for the Liberty Counsel and their star martyr. Talking Points Memo has the latest: A motion by Kim Davis — the anti-gay marriage clerk in Kentucky — to halt a requirement that she issue marriage licenses to gay couples was denied by a federal appeals court Tuesday. Davis is suing Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear (R) and …

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AUSTRALIA: New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Shoots Down Parliament Vote On Marriage [VIDEO]

SameSame reports: Although a public vote on marriage equality will be unnecessary, costly and divisive, new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has today confirmed he’s sticking to the Liberal party room’s plan to put it to the people after the next election. Whether or not there’ll be a change to the Marriage Act will “be determined by a vote of the …

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NOM Raised $635 For Kim Davis This Week

One week ago we mocked NOM for flopping with their Kim Davis Bigotry Reward Fund. Seven days later, despite Davis dominating the cable news cycle and making the front page of every paper in the nation, NOM has raised a measly additional $635 from 16 suckers. It looks like the martyr money beg train has finally hit the wall. So …

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ABC/WaPo Poll: Kim Davis Controversy Is Eroding Support For So-Called Religious Liberty

According to an ABC/Washington Post poll issued today, nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that “equality under the law” should supersede personal religious beliefs. About two-thirds of the poll’s respondents also say that Kim Davis should be required to issue licenses. Politico notes how these latest number conflict with a poll taken shortly after the Obergefell ruling: In that poll, 49 …

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KENTUCKY: ACLU Expresses Concerns About Validity Of Altered Rowan County Marriage Licenses

The Associated Press reports: Attorneys representing the couples who sued clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to issue marriage licenses are concerned that the altered forms Davis’ deputies issued could be invalid. Davis, on her first day back at work after a five-day stint in jail, announced Monday that she would not block her deputies from issuing licenses. But she …

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Deputy Clerk Brian Mason: An Unlikely Hero

In an interview with Buzzfeed reporter Dominic Holden, Rowan County Deputy Clerk Brian Mason describes his boss as a “very sweet lady” who doesn’t hate anybody but who has put him “right in the middle” of a national controversy. Mason says that he will continue to issue marriage licenses “because of the judge’s orders and for personal reasons.”  Holden writes: …

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AUSTRALIA: Marriage Equality Activists Call For Immediate Meeting With New Prime Minister

From Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome: “This is the first time in Australia’s history that both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition have supported marriage equality, giving us an unprecedented opportunity to achieve the reform. We will seek an urgent meeting with Mr Turnbull to chart a way forward on a reform that he knows is …

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Bernie Sanders At Liberty University [VIDEO]

In the very first minute of his address at Liberty University, today Bernie Sanders let the packed auditorium know where their differences might lie. “I believe in women’s rights. And the right of a woman to control her own body. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage.” There was perhaps a surprisingly positive reaction to each statement. Watch at …

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KENTUCKY: Deputy Clerk Brian Mason Issues License To Lesbian Couple As Christians Shout Abuse [VIDEO]

Shannon and Carmen Wampler-Collins were just issued a marriage license by Rowan County Deputy Clerk Brian Mason as Christians INSIDE the office shouted abuse about eternal damnation and “homosexual sodomy.” Buzzfeed reporter Dominic Holden notes that cheers went up for Mason as he processed the license. I’ll add video to this post shortly. UPDATE: Mason has just gone into Davis’ …

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BREAKING: Tony Abbott Ousted As Australian Prime Minister, Replaced By Longtime Marriage Equality Supporter Malcolm Turnbull [VIDEO]

Huge news from the Sydney Morning Herald: Malcolm Turnbull will become Australia’s 29th prime minister after beating Tony Abbott in a dramatic leadership ballot in Canberra on Monday night. Mr Turnbull’s victory is reminiscent of the coup former prime minister Julia Gillard staged against Kevin Rudd in 2010 and makes the former communications minister Australia’s fifth prime minister in just …

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BREAKING: Kim Davis Vows To Continue Defying Court, Won’t Stop Deputies From Issuing Licenses UPDATE: Deputy Brian Mason To Issue Licenses

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis this morning held a press conference in which she declared that she will continue to defy the Supreme Court, but that if any of her deputy clerks wish to issue marriage licenses, she will take no action against them. UPDATE: Deputy Clerk Brian Mason says he will issue licenses anyway. VIDEO: Here’s her statement.

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TEXAS: 2500 Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In First Ten Weeks After Obergefell Ruling

The Associated Press reports: Texas has issued an estimated 2,500 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since the practice was legalized, nearly 6 percent off all marriage licenses statewide, according to state estimates. Although applications no longer include gender identifiers, officials base the estimate on “what we can assume from the applicants’ names,” Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of …

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What Will Kim Davis Do Today?

A handful of nutjobs and a flotilla of national media are outside the Rowan County Courthouse this morning to see what Kim Davis will do on her first day at work after spending six days in jail for contempt of court. No sign of the Oath Keepers so far.

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Miss America Contestants Go Left On Kim Davis, Planned Parenthood, & Donald Trump [VIDEO]

While Miss South Carolina dropped the ball on gun control, three other Miss America contestants from southern states may have pissed off their hometown audiences last night when they gave progressive responses during the pageant’s famed/infamous Q&A session. Miss Tennessee said she opposes cutting off any funding for Planned Parenthood, Miss Alabama declared that if she were a Republican, she …

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