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Jesus vs. Mr. Magoo In Court?: Ky. County Official Hangs Drawings Of Cartoon Characters To Save Devotional Portrait

A Kentucky county courthouse may become the scene of a new First Amendment battle.

The Breathitt County Courthouse has displayed a charcoal sketch of Jesus since 1981, and Judge-Executive John Lester Smith says it’s not coming down – despite a recent letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

“‘Til a federal judge tells me otherwise, I intend for it to be as it is,” Smith told the Lexington Herald-Leader. Read more

Contemptuous Clerks

For Kim Davis, orange really was the new black.

The Rowan County, Ky., clerk briefly occupied a Carter County Detention Center cell in early September for her steadfast refusal to issue marriage licenses to would-be newlyweds. Read more

No Hero Here: Kim Davis And The True Meaning Of Religious Liberty

The situation involving Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis remained in flux as this issue of Church & State went to press, but one thing is clear: This woman is no hero.

Davis, an elected official, declined to issue marriage licenses to any couple – straight or gay – because of her religious beliefs in opposition to same-sex marriage. Put simply, she refused to do a major aspect of her job because of her theological views. Read more

Kim Davis Should Go Back To Jail If She Interferes With Deputy Clerks’ Ability To Issue Marriage Licenses, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Recalcitrant Clerk Must Be Closely Monitored

Controversial Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis should be sent back to jail if she interferes with her office’s ability to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“Reports have surfaced that Kim Davis intends to violate the court order by again denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “If Davis does that, she deserves to go back behind bars.”
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Litany Of Lies: FRC’s Perkins Packs An Email With Copious Falsehoods

I realize that people may be tired of reading about the saga of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk who is in jail because she ignored a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But on Friday I received a blast email from Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), that is so littered with lies that it demands a reply. Read more

Gulag Appalachia?: Ky. Clerk Claims Persecution, Refuses To Obey Supreme Court Verdict

Kim Davis is many things – an Apostolic Christian, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk and now, to some, a political prisoner.

Just not to U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning. “In this country, we live in a society of laws. Our system of justice requires citizens – and significantly, elected officials – to follow the rules of the courts,” he told the clerk on Thursday. He then ordered Davis to jail for her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
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Scheduling Snafu: Ky. Lawmakers Want To Extend Summer Vacation So Kids Can Attend A Fundamentalist Christian Theme Park

Although Kentucky officials rightly rejected up to $18 million in tax rebates for an overtly religious theme park last year, it seems some state lawmakers are still hell bent on doing everything in their power to offer public assistance to that attraction.   Read more

Dubious Defiance: Ky. County Clerk Won’t Obey Court Order Enforcing Marriage Equality

A federal judge yesterday ordered Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately – and she has already violated his ruling.

Davis, who identifies as an Apostolic Christian, had stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s verdict in Obergefell v. Hodges. When Gov. Steve Beshear ordered recalcitrant clerks to comply with the law or resign, she sued, with the assistance of Liberty University-based Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel. Read more