Tag Archives: Kentucky

KENTUCKY: Appeals Court Upholds Contempt Ruling Against Kim Davis For Refusing Marriage Licenses

Via press release from the ACLU: A federal appeals court today dismissed Kim Davis’s appeals in the Rowan County marriage licensing case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Miller v. Davis left in place the order that found Davis in contempt. ACLU LGBT Project Staff Attorney Ria Tabacco Mar has this comment: “Kentucky’s new marriage law …

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KENTUCKY: State Attorney General’s Office Says Kim Davis Illegally Withheld Requested Public Documents

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis violated the Kentucky Open Records Act by refusing to produce documents related to her legal battle last year against same-sex marriage, the state Office of the Attorney General said in an opinion released Tuesday. The Campaign for Accountability, a Washington nonprofit that says it works “to expose misconduct and malfeasance in …

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Kim Davis To Court: Dismiss That Lawsuit Against Me

From the Associated Press: A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit against her because of a new state law that will take effect next month. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court …

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Kentucky To Join Anti-Transgender Suit Against Feds

Law Newz reports: On Friday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin promised his state would join several others in a lawsuit fighting the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom guideline. “The federal government has no authority to dictate local school districts’ bathroom and locker room policies,” he said in a statement. “The Obama Administration’s transgender policy ‘guidelines’ are an absurd federal overreach into a …

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Sanders Requests Kentucky Primary Recanvass

Because there’s one delegate he could win. From the Associated Press: Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky’s presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote. The Sanders campaign said it has asked the Kentucky secretary of state to have election officials review electronic voting machines and absentee …

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Hillary Declared “Apparent Winner” Of Kentucky Primary

Minutes ago the Kentucky Secretary of State declared Hillary Clinton the apparent winner of that state’s primary. At this writing with over 99% of the votes counted, she leads Bernie Sanders by an an extremely slim margin of about 2000 votes. From NBC News: After the results came in, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said, “Essentially a tie in a …

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KENTUCKY: Openly Gay Lexington Mayor Wins US Senate Primary, Will Face Rand Paul In November

From the Lexington Herald Leader: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will face Tuesday’s Democratic primary winner, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, in the November general election. Both won easily Tuesday. Paul, a first-term senator and former presidential hopeful, beat two little-known challengers in the Republican primary in a landslide victory. Gray, a two-term mayor, was able to turn back six challengers in …

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Billboard Wars Over Ark Encounter [VIDEO]

From the Associated Press: Two billboard companies have refused to display an advertisement by a group protesting the Ark Encounter amusement park in Kentucky. Tri-State Freethinkers president Jim Helton tells news outlets the group recently raised $10,000 for a billboard. The proposed design depicts Noah’s Ark with people drowning around it and the words, “Genocide and Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 …

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KENTUCKY: State Awards $18 Million In Tax Breaks To Ken Ham’s Creationist Ark Encounter Theme Park

Kentucky.com reports: A state agency remade by Gov. Matt Bevin last week has approved $18 million in tax breaks to a Grant County amusement park that will feature a “life-size” Noah’s Ark. The $92 million Ark Encounter project, owned by the same company as the Creation Museum in Petersburg, is scheduled to open July 7. The tax break initially was …

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KENTUCKY: Governor Signs Bill Removing Clerks’ Names From Marriage Licenses, Liberty Counsel Cheers

Reuters reports: Kentucky’s governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill that removes county clerks’ names from the state marriage license forms at the center of a controversy involving an official jailed last year for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. Senate Bill 216, signed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin, also creates a single form that either heterosexual or …

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KENTUCKY: Compromise Reached On Marriage Licenses

The Kentucky GOP’s plan for a separate marriage license for gay couples has been shot down. Via McClatchyDC: Kentucky would have a single marriage license for straight and gay couples under a compromise plan backed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee. The proposed form would allow applicants to identify themselves as bride, groom or spouse …

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State-By-State Hate Update From The ACLU

The ACLU is keeping its eye on the LGBT ball while the rest of the country obsesses on the primaries and terrorism. They write: There are several bills that threaten LGBT equality likely to move this week: North Carolina: The North Carolina legislature will convene in a special session on Wednesday solely to prevent Charlotte’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance from taking …

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KENTUCKY: Atheist Group Seeks To Troll Ark Encounter Theme Park With “Genocide & Incest” Billboards

Via Raw Story: An atheist group has organized a fundraising campaign in order to mock the $101 million “Ark Encounter” theme park due to open in Kentucky this July. According to columnist and author Dan Arel, the Tri-State Freethinkers are seeking to raise $2,000 in order to erect billboards calling the facility “Genocide and Incest Park.” “The park celebrates a …

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BREAKING: Kentucky Senate Votes 22-16 To Repeal All Local LGBT Rights Laws In The State

Moments ago the Kentucky Senate voted 22-16 to approve a bill which would overturn all local LGBT rights laws in the state. Cities with LGBT protections include Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Morehead, and Vicco. Democrats have a slim 53-47 majority in the Kentucky House, but if the bill passes there, anti-gay Gov. Matt Bevin will surely sign it.

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LIVE VIDEO: Kentucky Senate To Vote On Overturning All Local LGBT Rights Ordinances Statewide

Watch live here. Just in from Fairness Kentucky: Senate Bill 180, Senator Albert Robinson’s “License to Discriminate,” is set for a vote by the full Kentucky Senate this afternoon. SB180 narrowly cleared the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee two weeks ago, when the bill’s sponsor admitted his intent is to undo LGBT discrimination protections in eight Kentucky …

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REPORT: Pope Francis Shitcans Vatican Ambassador Who Embarrassed Him With Kim Davis Debacle

Back in October the New York Times reported that Vatican observers were predicting that Pope Francis would take the “first respectable opportunity” to shitcan the guy who embarrassed him with Kim Davis. That opportunity has arrived. Via the Washington Post: The Vatican will appoint Archbishop Christophe Pierre to be the new ambassador to the United States, replacing an ambassador whose …

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OPEN THREAD: Super Saturday Voting

The GOP holds caucuses today in Kansas, Kentucky, and Maine. Democrats hold their caucuses in Nebraska and Kansas. Both parties have their primaries in Louisiana. If you are voting or caucusing today, weigh in below and share your experience.

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KENTUCKY: Rep Attempts End Run Around Obergefell With Bill Changing “Marriage” To “Matrimony”

Kentucky GOP state Rep. Joe Fischer thinks he can thwart SCOTUS with a 454-page bill that would replace every reference to “marriage” in state law with the word “matrimony.” And guess who can’t enter into matrimony? “Only a matrimony between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a matrimony in Kentucky.” Zack Ford reports at Think …

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