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Americans United Will Represent Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage Licenses in Alabama

Clients in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston And Lauderdale Counties Denied Licenses By Probate Judges

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has agreed to represent four same-sex couples in Alabama who have been denied marriage licenses.

The couples reside in Baldwin, Barbour, Houston and Lauderdale counties. Each couple visited the probate judge in their respective county to request a marriage license, but all were denied.
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Federal Court Should Strike Down Puerto Rico’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Says Americans United

Territory’s Prohibition Violates Constitution, Church-State Watchdog Asserts

The First Circuit Court of Appeals should rule against the territory of Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban, Americans United for Separation of Church and State argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday.

Americans United joined the Anti-Defamation League and a wide range of religious and civil liberties groups to tell the court that the ban unconstitutionally restricts the rights of Puerto Rico’s LGBT community. Read more

Mont. Officials Insist Clerks Don’t Have To Serve Same-Sex Couples

Officials in a Montana county are insisting that government clerks don’t have to serve same-sex couples if it offends their religious beliefs, setting the stage for a possible legal showdown.

In a Dec. 5 letter, the Yellowstone County Commission informed Yellowstone County Clerk of Court Kristie Boelter that she is legally required to exempt clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples if they object on religious grounds; if she does not, she may be forced to pay for her own defense in the event of a lawsuit, the commission said. Read more

Americans United Advises Ala. Governor To Ignore Advice On Same-Sex Marriage From Chief Justice Roy Moore

Controversial Jurist Doesn’t Understand Basics Of U.S. Law, Church-State Watchdog Group Says

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley should ignore Chief Justice Roy Moore’s recent letter on same-sex marriage, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Moore wrote to Bentley Jan. 27 and urged him to continue to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, even though a federal court recently struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.
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Dreaming Of Dr. King: Religious Right Attempts To Co-Opt Legacy Of Slain Civil Rights Leader

As years pass, historical figures start to get a little fuzzy around the edges. This is especially true of those men and women who loom large over public consciousness. Activist groups, eager to co-opt these important historical personages, start subtly rewriting history. Read more

Religious Right Groups Exploit Flap Over Houston Subpoenas

Although Houston officials recently announced they would drop subpoenas of local pastors’ sermons as part of an investigation into possible fraud related to a ballot referendum, the move likely came too late to stem the Religious Right’s outcry of “persecution.” Read more

The Subpoena Saga: The Houston Incident Was A Misstep, Not Persecution

A recent flap in Houston over subpoe­nas that were served on five conservative churches has stirred up Rel­igi­ous Right groups and fed their per­­se­cution complex. It’s important to take a look at what really went on there.

Earlier this year, Houston officials passed an ordinance protecting LGBT rights. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) is controversial in part because it gives transgender individuals the right to use the restroom of their choice in public buildings and businesses. Read more

Get Disentangled!

By The Rev. Rollin Russell

America’s noisy evangelicals must not have taken Christian Ethics 101. In response to Presi­dent Barack Obama’s recent executive order banning discrimination against LGBT persons by any organization that has a federal government contract, they are hyper-ventilating in their victim mode.  Read more

Fundamentalist Freak-Out: It’s (Not) The End Of The World As We Know It, And The Religious Right Doesn’t Feel Fine

Mat Staver, a Religious Right attorney and dean of Liberty University’s law school, isn’t very happy with the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the same-sex marriage cases.

As I’m sure you’ll recall, the high court’s Oct. 6 decision not to wade into this matter had the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage in a bunch of states, several of them in the Bible Belt. (Here are some shots of same-sex couples getting married in Oklahoma – Oklahoma! Pretty darned amazing.) Read more

Bridal Backlash: Fundamentalist Shop Owners Refuse to Serve Same-Sex Couple

Anti-gay discrimination masquerading as “religious freedom” is back in the news after the owners of a Bloomsburg, Pa., bridal shop turned a lesbian couple away. Think Progress reports that the owners cited their Christian beliefs as the motivation for the decision.

“We feel we have to answer to God for what we do, and providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law,” said Victoria Miller, who co-owns W.W. Bridal. Read more