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Marriage equality fight turns to clerks, probate judges who refuse licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Erica Seagraves, right, has a discussion with Malinda Andrews on the steps of the Rowan County Judicial Center Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples until further notice as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead. ...

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Some Kentucky clerks object to same-sex marriage ruling, halt issuing licenses

Monday, June 29, 2015
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A few court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. ...

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Marriage licenses issued in Kentucky to same-sex couples

Friday, June 26, 2015
Benjamin Moore, left, and Tadd Roberts kiss after their marriage ceremony at the Jefferson County Clerks Office Friday, June 26, 2015, in Louisville, Ky.
Timothy Love was at the head of the line Friday with his same-sex partner of 35 years to obtain the marriage license he fought for in the courts. ...

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Midway becomes 8th Kentucky city to adopt LGBT Fairness ordinance

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Midway, Ky.
Midway has become the eighth Kentucky city to adopt an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ...

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Federal judge who struck down Kentucky same-sex marriage ban dies

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II died Wednesday. He was 66. ...

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Kentucky judge rules in favor of printer that refused to print t‑shirts for pride event

Monday, April 27, 2015
The shirts were to display the pride logo (seen above) on the front, and the names of event sponsors on the reverse.
The ruling by Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by the city's Human Rights Commission that ruled in 2014 that the print shop, Hands On Originals, violated a city law that bans discrimination based on a person's ...

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Adoption struggle leads couple into same-sex marriage fight

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Paul Campion and Randy Johnson with their four children.
On paper, Paul Campion's home seemed perfect for a foster child - and one of the students he worked with as a school counselor was begging to be taken in. His partner was the PTA president, and they had three ...

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After four decades in secret, Kentucky couple fights for the next generation

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Jimmy Meade and Luke Barlowe
Luke Barlowe and Jimmy Meade never held hands in public. For more than 40 years, they lived together quietly, afraid to out themselves as a couple. ...

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A long road from high school crush to the fight for marriage equality

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Tammy Boyd, left, and Kimberly Franklin.
Every time Kim Franklin saw Tammy Boyd in their small town of Simpsonville, Kentucky, a Rod Stewart ballad streamed through her head: "Some guys have all the luck." ...

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Faith guides Kentucky minister to protest for same-sex marriage rights

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Dominique James, left, and Maurice Blanchard have been outspoken activists for same-sex marriage in Kentucky for several years, and are among a group of plaintiffs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage around the country.
Maurice Blanchard says anti-gay sentiment was rampant where he grew up in South Carolina. Now he's one of a group of plaintiffs in cases seeking to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the country. ...

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