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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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Alabama Probate Judges Must Immediately Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

Alabama Supreme Court Order Does Not Allow Judges To Refuse Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples, Civil Liberties Groups Say

Alabama’s probate judges are under an immediate obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples, say the four civil-rights organizations that are representing same-sex couples in the state.

Pursuant to a May 21 order by Judge Callie V.S Granade in Strawser v. Strange, probate judges became obligated to obey the U.S. Constitution and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the date that “the Supreme Court issues its ruling”  in Obergefell v. Hodges. The ruling in Obergefell was issued on June 26, so Judge Granade’s injunction is now in effect. Read more

Radical Reactions: Yes, The Religious Right Is Freaking Out Over The Marriage Equality Ruling

The Washington Post over the weekend published a rather silly column online by Judd Birdsall, managing director of the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies, asserting that opponents of same-sex marriage had reacted gracefully to Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

Finally Free: What the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling Means to Me

Editor’s Note: Today’s blog post is a personal reflection by Gary Wright, one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that sought to end Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. The legal action was sponsored by Americans United and three other groups. Read more

‘It’s Complicated’: What Happens If The Supreme Court Splits The Difference In The Marriage Cases?

Editor’s Note: This blog post is the third and final in a series by Americans United’s Legal Department examining possible outcomes in the marriage equality case currently pending before the Supreme Court. This post discusses what will likely happen if the high court issues a split decision.  Read more

Memo To The Religious Right: When It Comes To Marriage, You Don’t Speak For All People Of Faith

Nothing stokes the ire of my soul more than political blowhards and mouthpieces of the Religious Right who blatantly misrepresent millions of people of faith when they piously proclaim the evils of marriage equality in America.

Let me be perfectly clear: I am a Christian and have been since officially proclaiming so at age 10 in the oldest Baptist church in Charleston, S.C. Baptist DNA runs through my veins as the names of Roger Williams, John Leland and Walter Rauschenbusch are permanently etched into my personal and theological psyche. Read more