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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Judge says Kentucky still must pay fees in gay marriage case

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge says Kentucky taxpayers still owe nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs to the couples who sued a county clerk for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning had previously ruled in the couples’ favor in July. But Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin asked Bunning to reconsider. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Bunning denied Bevin’s request Oct. 23. Bunning wrote that Bevin fell “woefully short” of convincing him.

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Kim Davis fights same-sex marriage in Romania

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is currently in Romania.

The Liberty Counsel on Tuesday in a press release said Kim Davis and Harry Mihet, who is the anti-LGBT legal group’s vice president of legal affairs and its chief litigation counsel, are “visiting Romania this week to discuss the impact of same-sex ‘marriage’ on religious liberty and freedom of conscience.”

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Court: Gay couple’s suit against Kentucky clerk Kim Davis can proceed

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A federal appeals court says a gay couple’s lawsuit seeking damages from a Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue them a marriage license can proceed.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue a marriage license to David Ermold and David Moore in 2015 because she said it violated her religious beliefs. Ermold and Moore sued, along with several other couples. Davis lost, and spent five days in jail for refusing to follow a court order.

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Lawsuit nixed against Kentucky clerk who fought same-sex marriage

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning issued orders Aug. 18 dismissing the lawsuit brought by two gay couples and two straight couples against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.

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Kentucky attorney general says Kim Davis in violation of Open Records Act

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FRANKFORT (AP) — A county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples violated the state’s Open Records Act, the Kentucky attorney general’s office said July 5.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis violated the act by refusing to produce documents related to the gay marriage battle, the attorney general’s office said in an opinion.

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MAD magazine names Kim Davis one of the dumbest people of the year

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mad magazine dumb trumpWhile Kim Davis won’t be TIME magazine’s Person of the Year, she has been named one of The 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things by MAD magazine.

To honor this achievement, MAD magazine introduces in its pages the “All-American Girl” doll, Kim.

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AP-GFK poll: 56 percent of Americans think clerks should be required to issue same-sex marriage licenses

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Massey opposes gay marriage. But she was incensed last summer to see that Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, was refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

“If the government says you have to give out those marriage licenses, and you get paid to do it, you do it,” says the 64-year-old retiree from Lewiston, Michigan. “That woman,” she said of Davis, “should be out of a job.”

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Couple who sued Kim Davis marries

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — April Miller and Karen Roberts stood before a minister the night of Oct. 24, hand-in-hand, and said the two words they fought for months to exchange.

“I will.”

The people packed into the room around them jumped into a standing ovation. They all wore matching rainbow buttons that read (hash)LoveWins.

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Mormon leader criticizes Kim Davis on her handling of license issue

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Mormon Church staked a deeper claim to middle ground in American society, advocating for compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination, and criticizing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages.

“We may have cultural differences, but we should not have ‘culture wars,'” Mormon leader Dallin H. Oaks declared.

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10.8.15 Editor’s Desk

By : Billy Manes
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“Turn and face the strange,” a certain crazy-eyed pop-cultural god once warned us through the bedazzled bullhorn of a 1970s rainbow of weathered hope. “Ch-ch-changes” were at the root of David Bowie’s 1972 rhythmic cause for alarm and call to arms, a sort of anthemic response to a society teetering on various brinks, with only the scary monsters and super freaks holding on to any notion of prescribed normality. Everything – from war crises to social shifts to women’s rights to gay rights – was caught in the shuffle, and, these days, we’re better for it, right? Plate tectonics, changing fads, political upheaval and shifts in the weather have all resulted in who we are right now. And, in many ways, we are better for it. In some, we are far worse.

This week’s Watermark explores the changes we’re going through, both nuanced and on the real-estate surface, against the backdrop of Orlando’s Come Out With Pride celebration, of which we are always proud to be a part. While many, including those of us making journalistic noise at this publication, are urging caution in just how the LGBT community evolves from dissimilation to assimilation, how we negotiate our path into the grand old world of marriage and acceptance and infinite joy, we’re also aware of the shoulders upon which we’ve stood to get us here, even to get us in the conversation. You’ve heard this lecture before: Don’t forget from where you’ve come and never forget the history upon which you stand. You get it.

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Clinton says Kim Davis deserved jail time

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says that jail was the “right thing” for a Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Speaking in Iowa Oct. 7, the Democratic presidential hopeful said Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was “treated as she should have been treated.”

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