James Yates, left, hugs his partner William Smith Jr., after receiving their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license, congratulating the couple and shaking their hands as he smiled. Kim Davis remains in jail; Kentucky couples come and get marriage licenses
"I just want the licenses given out. I don't want her in jail. No one wanted her in jail."

In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis is escorted from the Carl Perkins Federal Courthouse in Ashland, Ky. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Davis for contempt after she insisted that her "conscience will not allow" her to follow federal court rulings on gay marriage.
Gay rights advocates: Kim Davis is no martyr

"This is what the other side wants," says Kenneth Upton, senior counsel for Lambda Legal. "This is a Biblical story: to go to jail for your faith."

Mat Staver
Jailed clerk’s attorney: Those marriage licenses are void

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel -- the attorney of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis -- said the licenses are "not worth paper that they are written on."

Rowan County deputy clerk Brian Mason, left, hands James Yates, and his partner William Smith Jr., their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. After four attempts, Yates and Smith were finally issued their marriage license.
Three couples receive marriage licenses from Kim Davis’s office

"Now we can breathe. I'm still ecstatic and happy."

Tennessee County Chancery Judge Jeffrey Atherton.
Judge tells straight couple they can’t divorce because of gay marriage

The judge believes SCOTUS changed the definition of marriage; therefore, it must also change the definition of divorce.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
Kim Davis’ attorneys schedule a news conference Friday afternoon

But there's no sign the Rowan County clerk is getting out of jail soon.

James Yates, left, hugs his partner William Smith Jr., after receiving their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license, congratulating the couple and shaking their hands as he smiled.
Kim Davis remains in jail; Kentucky couples come and get marriage licenses

"I just want the licenses given out. I don't want her in jail. No one wanted her in jail."

In this Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to reporters in Little Rock, Ark. Huckabee is scheduled to visit a Kentucky jail next week to meet with a county clerk imprisoned because she ignored repeated court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Huckabee, a Baptist pastor, plans to host a rally in county clerk Kim Davis’ honor after the private meeting outside the Carter County Detention Center.
Mike Huckabee to visit Kim Davis in jail (UPDATED)

Huckabee said Friday that he intends to hold a rally in support of her plight.

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Rowan County deputy clerk Brian Mason, left, shakes hands with James Yates and his partner William Smith Jr. after issuing their their marriage license at the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. After four attempts, Yates and Smith were the first gay couple to receive their marriage license, hours after the county's defiant clerk was hauled to jail for refusing to license same-sex marriages.
BREAKING: Heated protests after Kentucky gay couple gets license

As a gay couple walked out of a Kentucky clerk's office with their marriage license, Kim Davis supporters shrieked "I'm telling you the truth because I love you," while opponents yelled back, "Jesus loves everyone!"

Judge Vance Day
Now, this Oregon Judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages

Judge Vance Day has told his staff to send same-sex couples elsewhere due to his religious beliefs.

Police are currently investigating an allegedly hate crime that took place at a University of North Dakota frat house.
Frat boys allegedly attack gay man, strip him naked, in possible hate crime

A gay man claims his outfit -- metallic red shorts and a tank top -- triggered an assault and homophobic taunting at a frat party.

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Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

"Ms. Davis [sic] is in an unfortunate situation of her own creation. She is not a martyr. No one created a martyr today."

A protester waives a rainbow flag outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has defied federal court orders to hand out marriage licenses, saying her religious beliefs don't let her endorse same-sex marriage. A judge has ordered her to appear Thursday. If she continues to refuse to follow the law, she could be hit with fines or jail time.
BREAKING: Kim Davis rejects deal; is really going to jail

U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis for contempt.

Surrounded by the media, David Moore, center, and his partner David Ermold attempt to apply for a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
Read the oath of office taken by Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

"Oaths mean things," Judge Bunning said, shortly before sending Davis to jail.

Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis
BREAKING: County clerk Kim Davis is in jail

Before she was led away, Davis told the judge that she can't comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

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Edgar Orea, right, preaches to a group of same sex marriage supporters that have gathered outside the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Hundreds gathered awaiting the arrival of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who has been ordered to appear in federal court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so.
Plaintiff: License would validate gay marriage

"That's what marriage is about - to show other people you are in a long-term relationship."

Jonathan Beebe-Franqui, left, and his husband Dwayne D. Beebe-Franqui embrace as they wait for the arrival of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis at the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Davis has been ordered to appear in Federal Court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so.
BREAKING: Judge didn’t think a fine would stop Kim Davis

When Kim Davis was asked if the county insurance would pay a fine, she said: "I was told they would drop me like a hot potato."

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
BREAKING: Judge orders defiant Kentucky clerk to jail

Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses.

Senator Phil Berger
Five percent of North Carolina magistrates file marriage recusals

Sen. Phil Berger says the law that is causing magistrates to recuse themselves will probably prevent situations like the one in Kentucky.

The long-delayed rule amounts to a manual for carrying out the anti-discrimination section of President Barack Obama's health care law.
New plan targets health care bias against transgender people

The protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Edgar Orea, left, and Dwayne D. Beebe-Franqui argue on the steps of the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Orea, a supporter of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, and Beebe-Franqui a supporter of same sex marriage were waiting for the arrival of Kim Davis in Federal Court. Davis and her deputy clerks have been summoned to a hearing Thursday before Judge David Bunning. Davis stopped issuing licenses to all couples in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. demonstrators outside are waving signs, chanting and singing hymns as they wait for Davis to arrive.
BREAKING: Hundreds of protesters at gay marriage hearing

Demonstrators outside are waving signs, chanting and singing hymns as they wait for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to arrive.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
BREAKING: Kim Davis to appear in federal court (Second update)

U.S. District Judge David Bunning has ordered Davis and all her deputy clerks to appear at an 11am hearing.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
Kentucky clerk’s defiance is a test for GOP rivals

"She is showing more courage and humility than just about any federal office holder in Washington," said Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, walks with her attorney Roger Gannam.
Republican Senate President asks judge to withhold Kim Davis ruling

"Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it," U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey wrote in a statement

Karen Roberts, left, and her partner, April Miller, speak to Assistant Rowan County Clerk Kim Russell as they attempt to get a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
Like Kim Davis, this lesbian couple is standing up for their beliefs, too

"We are going to make something happen about this. We are not going to sit by and let her say that we can't get married."

Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis
BREAKING: Kim Davis asks for another delay in marriage equality case

Davis' attorneys want to delay Judge Bunning's orders to appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Kim Davis was pregnant by her third husband while still married to her first

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel says Davis’ marriage and childbearing history is “not really relevant.”

Seal of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
Court: No visitation rights for woman after same-sex divorce

Judge Robert A. Zarnoch says that clearer laws governing the rights of same-sex couples need to be established up by state legislators.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
US clerk in gay marriage fight: ‘A heaven or hell decision’

Kim Davis refuses to relent, and refuses to surrender in the battle over who can and can't be wed.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
Judge: Kim Davis has until end of day Wednesday to respond

In a statement, Davis said that "to issue a marriage license which conflicts with God's definition of marriage... would violate my conscience."

Pope Francis waves as he arrives at a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
A primer on The Pope’s views: LGBTQ rights, abortion, and more

On the heels of Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the United States September 19-27, here's a primer on where he stands on key issues.

Surrounded by the media, David Moore, center, and his partner David Ermold attempt to apply for a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
BREAKING: Husband claims Kentucky clerk is ‘standing for God’

Kim Davis says her office is continuing to deny marriage licenses to gay couples "under God's authority."

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listens to a customer following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
BREAKING: Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk and her staff to court

A defiant county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
Supreme Court rules against clerk in gay marriage case (UPDATED)

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her "moment of truth."

Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis
BREAKING: Reckoning nears for clerk resisting same-sex marriage ruling

A lawyer representing Kim Davis said "she's going to have to think and pray about her decision overnight."

Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley’s sexual orientation

"She’s rocking and rolling and having a good time."

Sam Stanley
Rugby star Sam Stanley comes out

"“I was standing on a bridge about four or five years ago... However, looking back, the idea that I would jump was ridiculous."

Camryn Colen and his wife Lexie
Rowan County clerk unwittingly helped wed transgender man

"She saw just a straight couple in love, and she should see everybody like that."

Kentucky clerk Casey Davis
Kentucky clerk: ‘I will die’ fighting against gay marriage

"Our law says 'one man and one woman' and that is what I held my hand up and took an oath to and that is what I expected."

Sergeant Craig Lovelace
Norfolk Police Department appoints Sergeant as new LGBTQ Liaison officer

"People can come and either talk to me, or a gay female officer, " says Sergeant Craig Lovelace.

Question of the week: Why Rentboy.com?
Should sex work be a crime?

Last week's bust on Rentboy.com raises a lot of questions about sex work and whether or not it should be criminalized. Matt Baume asks: What was The Department of Homeland $ecurity thinking?

About 500 paraders participated the annual rally in downtown Kathmandu.
Nepal’s sexual minorities parade to demand rights

"Our main demand is that the rights of the sexual minorities should be guaranteed in the new constitution," said Pinky Gurung of the Blue Diamond Society

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
Kentucky County wants to fire clerk who won’t issue marriage licenses

The Rowan County Attorney wants clerk Kim Davis charged with misconduct -- a step that may help oust her from her position.

The University of Tennessee's Ayres Hall
Tennessee students asked to use new gender-neutral pronouns

The University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion is asking students and faculty to use the pronouns in order to create a more inclusive campus,

Terry Bean
Prosecutors: Charges against activist likely to be dropped

Child sex-abuse charges against prominent gay rights activist Terry Bean will likely be dismissed, since the alleged victim is unlikely to show up for trial.

Maria Blevins of Morehead, Ky., waves her sign at passing cars during a protest on the lawn of the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.
Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest

A note on the door did not explain the office's closure.

The couples and two gay-rights groups filed suit Aug. 12 to challenge the 2000 adoption ban.
Plaintiffs seek to block Miss. ban on gay couples adopting

The couples and two gay-rights groups filed suit Aug. 12 to challenge the 2000 adoption ban.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons.
BREAKING: Kentucky clerk asks US Supreme Court to intervene in marriage case

The Supreme Court says the constitution guarantees gay people have the right to marry, but Davis contends the First Amendment guarantees her the right of religious freedom.

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Vatican gets embroiled in Italy’s ‘banned books’ fray

A formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian children's book publisher and her partner had been interpreted by the press as an endorsement of their lifestyle.

"Mx." is now officially a word.
Gender-neutral prefix “Mx.” is now in the Oxford English Dictionary

The prefix -- intended for people who don't identify as Mr., Ms., Mrs., or Miss -- has been officially added into the lexicon.

For once, Donald Trump ignores a question.
Donald Trump stumbles through explaining his opposition to gay marriage

“I’ve gone to gay weddings. I’ve been at gay weddings. I have been against it from the standpoint of Bible..."

This undated product image released by Spirit Halloween shows a model wearing the Caitlyn Corset set and Caitlyn Wig, inspired by Caitlyn Jenner.
Caitlyn Jenner — and Cecil — heat up the Halloween costume wars

Do Caitlyn Jenner and Cecil Halloween costumes really reach that "never-OK" line?

Councilman Paul D. López
Lawmaker bombarded with anti-gay hate mail for criticizing Chick-Fil-A

He also says, "At the end of the day, Chick-fil-A will probably be in [Denver International Airport]."

Bryce Williams
Family of Vester Flanagan say they knew he was gay: ‘We accepted him”

"He’s not the only one in the family who’s gay," his cousin says, "and, personally, I couldn’t care less.”

The policy aims to provide a way for transgender students to participate on the sports teams that reflect their gender identities rather than the sex listed on their birth certificates.
South Dakota to keep trans-inclusive school sports policy

This increases the likelihood that Republicans in the statehouse will push legislation to change it.

Djamil Bangoura, president of gay rights group Prudence.
Senegal activist: Release 7 men convicted of ‘gay acts’

Djamil Bangoura, president of gay rights group Prudence, said Friday that Senegal must stop condemning people who are different.

Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa.
Rafael Cruz: With marriage equality, ‘the devil overplayed his hand’

"The next obvious step is a homosexual may come to your church and demand to be hired."

Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely of Pinedale faces an upcoming hearing due to statements she made that she would not perform same-sex marriages.
Foundation supports Wyoming magistrate on gay marriage stand

Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely of Pinedale faces an upcoming hearing due to statements she made that she would not perform same-sex marriages.

William Smith Jr., right, and Mary Hargis embrace outside the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
Despite ruling, standoff over gay marriage license wears on

"It's getting tedious. We get torn down, built back up, torn down, built back up."

People attend a vigil in front of the WDBJ-TV station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, a day after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast.
Gunman in on-air deaths remembered as ‘professional victim’

"He was victimized by everything and everyone and could never quite grasp the fact that he was the common denominator in all of these really sometimes serious interpersonal conflicts."

Breitbart reports that a "hate-flag" was found in the Virginia killer's apartment.
Breitbart: “Rainbow hate-flag” found in Virginia killer’s apartment

The article claims the rainbow flag is "seen by many as a symbol of anti-Christian hate."

Vestor Flanagan
Before he was a reporter and murderer, Vester Flanagan was a male escort

"I won’t say he was proud of it," a family member said, "but he wasn’t ashamed, either."