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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Florida Christian ministry sues watchdog group over hate label

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights.

The federal religious discrimination lawsuit was filed this week by D. James Kennedy Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, against the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. It seeks an unspecified amount of money.

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Liberty Counsel takes another jab at transgender community

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ORLANDO – Never ones to shy away from controversy, the Liberty Counsel – headed by Mat Staver in Orlando – is raising its hackles against the Affordable Care Act’s clause that is “forcing all doctors and staff [to] perform gender reassignment surgeries and hormone treatments on patients, even children,” according to a press release.

Eight states joined in arguments in a Texas federal court on Dec. 20 after “The Department of Health and Human Services intentionally refused any religious exemptions, despite dozens of requests, and essentially is demanding faith-based organizations and religious people [to] bow to LGBTQ demands.”

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Liberty Counsel president tweets that she’ll bring a gun into a public bathroom as her “bodyguard”

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The recent trend of anti-transgender bills requiring people to use public restrooms that align with their birth identity already has many transgender people nervous about using public bathrooms. Now, Liberty Counsel president Anita Staver has brought an actual gun into an already loaded issue.

Staver posted an inflammatory tweet in response to Target’s April 19 statement that transgender employees and customers are invited to ” use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

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Jacksonville wraps HRO community discussions

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Jacksonville – The third and final meeting to discuss proposed LGBT protections in Jacksonville is in the books.

Mayor Lenny Curry scheduled the Community Conversations to discuss a human rights ordinance that includes nondiscrimination protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity. Jacksonville is the only major Florida city without protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations, despite being the Florida metro area with the highest percentage of LGBT residents, according to a report by the Jacksonville Office of General Counsel.

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HRO discussions truck along in divided Jacksonville

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About 750 people packed a gymnasium at Edward Waters College for the second of three “Community Conversations” on a proposed human rights ordinance for the city of Jacksonville.

Attendees went through heightened security, with a metal detector and bag search, presumably because there was a bomb threat after the first meeting Nov. 17.

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Issue 22.21: There Goes The Gayborhood

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There goes the gayborhood: The mess closing of Georgie’s Alibi in St. Pete signals potential hard times for the LGBT community, In your ears: Mat Staver’s Liberty Counsel Proffers hate, In your eyes: Jess T. Dugan’s intimate portraits expose truth, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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National embarrassment: Orlando-based hate group Liberty Counsel lies about Kim Davis rally

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kim Davis’ lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.

The crowd erupted.

It wasn’t true.

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Kim Davis switching parties, now Republican

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, a longtime Democrat, says she is switching to the Republican Party because she feels abandoned by Democrats in her crusade against same-sex marriage.

Davis made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council’s Value Voters Summit, said Charla Bansley, a spokeswoman for Liberty Counsel, which represents Davis in her legal battles.

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Kim Davis blames Kentucky governor for legal troubles

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, hauled to jail for defying a series of federal court orders and refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, filed a 40-page court document Sept. 24, blaming Kentucky governor Steve Beshear for all her legal woes.

The day the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in June, Beshear sent a letter to the state’s 120 county clerks directing them to issue licenses. Davis on Thursday complained that in doing so he “commandeered” county clerk’s offices and “usurped control of Kentucky marriage law.”

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Kim Davis tells “Good Morning America” she’s not a hypocrite

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FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) – She’s already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples.

Lawyers for two gay couples and two straight couples questioned the validity of the new marriage licenses and asked a federal judge to order Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office to reissue them Sept. 21. If she refuses, the lawyers asked the judge to put the office in receivership and have someone else do it.

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Kentucky anti-gay Clerk of Courts found in contempt

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A federal judge finds Kim Davis, the anti-gay Clerk of Courts who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in contempt of court.

Davis has been taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, according to the Twitter feed of Victor Puente, a reporter located inside of the courtroom. 

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