Kentucky Baptist Convention cuts ties with churches

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) | The Kentucky Baptist Convention has cut ties with more than 12 churches that showed support for an organization that lifted a ban this year on hiring LGBTQ employees.

The Courier-Journal reports the Louisville-based Kentucky Baptist Convention voted Nov. 13 to end its relationship with churches that also made financial contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which formed after conservative leaders gained national control of the Southern Baptists.

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Kim Davis loses re-election bid

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The Kentucky clerk who became notorious for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex marriage has lost her bid for re-election as Rowan County Clerk, according to multiple media reports.

According to the Associated Press, Elwood Caudill, the Democratic challenger who sought to unseat Davis, claimed 54.1 percent of the vote compared to the 45.9 percent won by Davis. The Associated Press declared Caudill the winner about an hour after polls closed in Kentucky at 7 pm.

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LGBTQ group endorses Kim Davis challenger in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) | An LGBTQ advocacy group has endorsed a Democrat running against a Kentucky clerk who was jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Committee for Fairness and Individual Rights endorsed Elwood Caudill Jr. on Sept. 27 in his race against Republican Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. Committee chairman Eric Graninger said Caudill has repeatedly said he will treat all Rowan County residents equally, making him “a refreshing alternative to Kim Davis.

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Gay man who was denied marriage license by Kim Davis attacks her opponent

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) | Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants a second term in office.

Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. is running against her, and the campaign has predictably turned to allegations of bigotry. But it’s Caudill, not Davis, who has been forced to play defense.

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Watch: gay dads criticized for raising a child on ‘What Would You Do?’

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Unsuspecting diners had their views on gay adoption and foster care tested in a new segment on “What Would You Do?”

The scenario was inspired by the statistic that same-sex couples in the U.S. are raising almost 60,000 adopted and foster children. Married same-sex couples have opened their homes to 26,000 of those children.

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Two historical markers commemorate Kentucky’s LGBTQ history

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The first historical markers commemorating Kentucky’s LGBTQ history have been unveiled.

News outlets report two markers were dedicated Sunday in Lexington. One marker commemorates the 1992 state Supreme Court decision that decriminalized homosexuality in the state, while the other marker recognizes the oldest continuous LGBTQ gathering place in Kentucky. That marker stands outside an LGBTQ bar called The Bar, but that site has been home to multiple establishments, including one opened by two gay men in 1963, The Gilded Cage.

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Ex-Kentucky judge reprimanded for stance on gay adoptions

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge who raised moral objections to handling adoption cases involving same-sex couples has quit the bench, but he still received a rebuke from a judicial disciplinary commission.

Former Judge W. Mitchell Nance was publicly reprimanded Tuesday by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. The commission said that was the only sanction available due to Nance’s previously announced retirement, which took effect last Saturday.

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Gay man denied marriage license hopes to unseat county clerk

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — David Ermold returned to the Rowan County courthouse Wednesday, nearly two years after Clerk Kim Davis refused to give him a marriage license because he was gay.

Only this time, he did not want a license. He wants Davis’ job.

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Rainbow crosswalks honoring LGBTQ community claimed as hazard

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky city will keep its rainbow-colored crosswalks while it investigates why federal government officials say the gesture honoring the LGBTQ community is a safety hazard.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Environmental Quality and Public Works Commissioner Dowell Hoskins-Squire told the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council on Tuesday that the crosswalks at a prominent downtown intersection will remain as the city conducts more research, as other cities with similar crosswalks have not received such requests for removal.

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Feds say rainbow crosswalks in Kentucky pose safety hazard

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A rainbow-colored crosswalk honoring the LGBT community in Lexington, Kentucky, is a distracting safety hazard and should be removed, a federal official says.

Officials painted the crosswalk at a busy intersection across from the county courthouse earlier this year to coincide with an annual gay pride festival. At the time, city officials said the crosswalk would be safer because it would better catch the attention of drivers.

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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to seek re-election

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples will run for re-election in 2018, facing voters for the first time since her protest against marriage equality in rural Appalachia provoked a national uproar.

Kim Davis could face a familiar foe: A gay man to whom she refused to issue a marriage license said he’s seriously considering running against her.

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Hearing set for Kentucky judge who refused to handle adoptions by same-sex couples

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A panel says ethics charges will proceed against a Kentucky judge who declared his conscientious objection to handling adoption cases involving gay and lesbian adults, despite his resignation last week.

News outlets report the state Judicial Conduct Commission announced Oct. 30 that a hearing for Judge W. Mitchell Nance is scheduled for Dec. 15, a day before his resignation takes effect. The 66-year-old Nance has presided over family court cases in Barren and Metcalfe counties in rural south-central Kentucky.

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