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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

Sex (Mis)Education: ‘Abstinence-Only’ Programs Still Fail Public School Students

John Oliver is a comedian; his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, is satirical. But this week’s episode highlighted a real problem: Flawed sex education in public schools.

“There is no required standard for sex ed in this country,” Oliver pointed out. “In fact, only 22 states mandate that kids receive it, and only 13 require that the information presented be medically accurate.”

It’s a sorry state of affairs – “a weird patchwork system,” to quote Oliver – and it exists largely because of the Religious Right. Read more

Ohio Judge Does Not Have ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Refuse Service To Same-Sex Couples, Says Americans United

Toledo Officials Must Facilitate Marriages For All Qualified Couples, Church-State Watchdog Says

A Toledo, Ohio, judge who refused to serve a same-sex couple violated that couple’s constitutional rights, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a letter sent today, Americans United explained that government employees responsible for performing duties related to marriage are not permitted to serve opposite-sex couples exclusively. Read more

Government Employees Have No ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Refuse Service To Same-Sex Couples, Says Americans United

Clerks Must Issue Marriage Licenses To All Qualified Couples, Church-State Watchdog Says

Government employees who oppose marriage equality because of their religious beliefs are not entitled to refuse service to same-sex couples, Americans United for Separation of Church and State has informed officials in all 50 states today.
 
In a letter released today, which will be sent to all state attorneys general as well as county clerks in Texas and South Dakota, Americans United explains that with marriage equality now the law of the land, government employees do not have the ri

Brownback Order Infringes On Personal Freedom And Fosters Discrimination, Says Americans United

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback today issued executive order 15-05, which purports to prohibit the state from discriminating against religious organizations that hold “the belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.” What the order really does is sanction government-funded discrimination, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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