Court dismisses Kim Davis’ lawsuit against Kentucky

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Frankfort, Ky. (AP) – A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that included her name.

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1.28.15 Editor’s Desk

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Where were you while we were getting high?

By virtue of political plate tectonics and the mahogany-and-starched-shirt drudgery of a state legislative cycle in full swing during a presidential election year, you wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that the earth is actually moving under your feet right now. Nope, not vertigo. Nah, you aren’t drunk (maybe?). High? Hopefully!

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22.23 Editor’s Desk

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There are things we choose to remember, and there are things we can never forget along this bumpy road toward full equality for the LGBT community. A sort of monumental “Where were you when the sky turned blue – or black?” flashback syndrome of the historical variety, littered with victims and victors, footprints moving forward and sometimes back.

For me, Jan. 6, 2015, sticks right there in the craw for the same-sex marriage victory in Florida, as it should; nearby, you’ll find Feb. 14, 2015, the day that I married my best friend and husband Tony at a glorious outdoor wedding, hastily assembled as if out of fear that we might be imagining things or that it could disappear within the blink of an Alito eye. Then there was June 26, 2015, the day on which we could all – for now, anyway – breathe a sigh of relief, unclench our fists, put on some rings and hold hands in matrimony in all 50 states.

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Comments Round-Up: KY clerk refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk of courts who is refusing to give same-sex couples marriage licenses – in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality in the law of the land – is sparking a strong reaction from Watermark readers.

Here’s a roundup of comments posted to our stories covering Davis:

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Editor’s Desk 8.27.15

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Beyond all of the “It’s a Small World” and “Be Our Guest” tropes of Walt Disney World and the screaming children behind them, a stronger tide of inclusion has washed over Central Florida’s largest employer, one that threatens to make a believer out of even this cynic. That’s why it’s a Magic Kingdom, right? Shut up, turkey leg.

This week, it’s all about the shifting culture of acceptance and celebration of diversity at the park of all parks, thanks in no small part to WDW President George Kalogridis, our cover model. Kalogridis was kind enough to offer up his personage in order to discuss the park’s expanding acceptance of LGBT individuals; he is one.

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N.D. governor issues memo barring LGBT discrimination

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican governor sent a memo to 17 government departments on April 6 saying discrimination against anyone is unacceptable, just two hours before every Democrat in the Legislature delivered a letter calling on him to go further and issue an executive order prohibiting bias against gays and lesbians.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s chief of staff sent the letter to all agency directors appointed by the governor.

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Federal judge tells Mobile County probate judge he must issue same-sex marriage licences

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge is not backing off her order to an Alabama probate judge that he must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade on March 16 refused to stay her order to Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis. Granade in January ruled that Alabama’s gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional and told Davis that he could not refuse licenses because of a couple’s sexual orientation.

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3.12.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185I’m competitive, but I don’t necessarily like contests. I’m not one of these new age people who think everyone should get an award or a trophy for just showing up. Trophies, tiaras and awards should be given to those who earn them. But contests—no matter the type—can cause hurt feelings, bitterness and resentment.

When I was in school I excelled at track & field. I was a hurdler—running in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediates. I am proud to say I have a collection (somewhere in my parents’ basement, I suppose) of medals from local, small town meets to the state finals. During those late teenage years, track was my life. I measured my success on the number of shiny medals hanging on my bedroom wall.

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Justice Thomas objects to court’s signal on gay marriage

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Feb. 9 in a stinging dissent to the court’s refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.

Bitterly objecting to Feb. 9’s action, Thomas provided a rare insider’s perspective on the widely held view that the court’s embrace of gay marriage is a done deal.

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Alabama seeks to stay order overturning same-sex marriage ban

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama’s ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state.

Attorney General Luther Strange’s office asked a federal judge on Jan. 23 to put the ruling on hold since the U.S. Supreme Court plans to take up the issue of gay marriage this term, “resolving the issues on a nation-wide basis.”

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Nebraska bills would bar LGBT discrimination

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers introduced three bills Jan. 21 that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, but even supporters noted they face a tough fight in gaining approval for the proposals.

About 100 supporters of the bills, displaying blue and yellow equal sign stickers, rallied at the Capitol as legislators explained why they back the changes.

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Methodists end case against bishop who performed same-sex wedding

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The United Methodist church is settling a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a same-sex wedding in Alabama, and a church leader said the agreement showed the denomination doesn’t have to be divided by differences over gay marriage.

Church statements issued Jan. 5 said the case against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert had ended with a settlement that the denomination calls a “just resolution.”

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