A gay man who was twice denied a marriage license by Kim Davis has decided to run against her for county clerk. David Ermold, who teaches English at the University of Pikeville, announced he plans to run against Davis for the position of Rowan County Clerk in Kentucky.
Reporters with The Associated Press joined Ermold and his husband as he filled out the paperwork to run for office. Davis sat across from him:
Australians voted in favor of legalizing marriage equality as part of a non-binding national postal survey yesterday.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 61.6 percent of Australians voted to make same-sex marriage the law of the land, and 79.5 percent of Australian voters took part in the voluntary vote––a massive turnout.
A lesbian couple is receiving a public apology and $10,000 in damages from a county clerk’s office in West Virginia to settle a lawsuit after an official allegedly called the couple an “abomination."
According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen made the comment a year and a half ago as she processed Amanda Abramovich and Samantha Brookover's marriage license in Gilmer County, telling them God would “deal” with them. Another clerk agreed, telling the couple it was Allen’s “religious right” to harass the couple.
Yesterday, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that lawsuits against Kim Davis could proceed. The decision overturned a lower court that had thrown out three lawsuits filed by same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses by the county clerk.
Kim Davis became a right-wing figurehead when she refused to issue marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky in 2015 after the Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal. Davis opposes same-sex marriage for religious reasons. She was jailed for contempt of court after refusing to follow a judge's orders.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore vowed to uphold the Constitution of the United States and impartially administer justice. So how did he end up suspended – again – for refusing to do just that?
In January of 2016, Moore ordered Alabama’s probate judges to defy a Federal District Court’s order and refuse applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples, despite the fact that the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint noting that the judge, among other things, denigrated and defied federal courts and encouraged lawlessness. The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charged Moore with six counts of ethics violations.
Tennessee’s House just killed a bill that would have ended same-sex marriage in the state. That would be good news, but another identical bill is still pending in the Senate.
On September 17, 2014, two Tennessee state lawmakers resolved to take on the Supreme Court. Republicans Rep. Mark Pody and Sen. Mae Beavers each introduced “The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” in their respective houses of the Tennessee General Assembly. The purpose of the law is to effectively invalidate the Supreme Court’s ruling within Tennessee’s borders.