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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Alabama senator wants state out of marriage license business

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A state senator who wants to take Alabama out of the marriage license business says he’s not targeting same-sex couples but trying to remove government from the process.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on April 29 approved a bill by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, that would do away with current state marriage licenses issued by probate judges. Instead, couples would take a contract witnessed by a couple’s pastor, attorney or other witness and record the document at the court.

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Former Georgia AG: ‘religious freedom’ bills excuse discrimination

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ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers said Feb. 24 that two bills being debated by lawmakers create an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people or break state laws and are “deserving of a quick death.”

Bowers warned that the bills could act as a defense for a marriage license clerk refusing to issue the document to gay or mixed-religion couples or for parents opposed to vaccinations or school courses.

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New Alabama marriage licenses accommodate same-sex marriages

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s health department has distributed new marriage license forms to accommodate same-sex weddings that are expected to begin Feb. 9.

The Alabama Department of Public Health sent the new form Feb. 5 to probate judges across the state. The form has two spaces that read spouse, instead of separate listings for bride and groom. The form also has boxes to list the gender of each spouse.

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Key West couple sues for marriage equality

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KEY WEST – A gay couple in Key West is following suit, literally.

Aaron Huntsman and his partner William Lee Jones sued Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin on April 1, after the couple was refused a marriage license. Huntsman and Jones want to wed on June 10, which will be the 11-year anniversary of their relationship and the 10-year anniversary of their commitment ceremony in Las Vegas.

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NM clerk raises nearly $30,000 for marriage equality fight

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Las Cruces, N.M. (AP) – A southern New Mexico county clerk who is facing a challenge for his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses has garnered close to $30,000 in donations, the clerk announced this week.

The Las Cruces News-Sun reports that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins has pulled in 556 donations totaling nearly $28,400 from a website.

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DC Court flooded with marriage applications

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Washington (AP) – The D.C. Superior Court says it is adding a second marriage ceremony room and boosting marriage bureau staffing to accommodate an increase in applications believed to be the result of a gay marriage ruling by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

The D.C. Superior Court says its second ceremony room opened Sept. 16. The clerk of the court, Duane Delaney, said in a statement that marriage license applications have significantly increased since the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case U.S. v. Windsor in June. The decision struck down a law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

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Race to marriage equality in Minnesota

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St. Paul (AP) – Same-sex couples received nearly 1 in 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they were allowed to wed, The Associated Press (AP) found in a statewide survey of the first month’s impact of the new gay marriage law.

Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren’t required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.

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Court challenge to Virginia’s ban on marriage equality

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A Norfolk couple is challenging Virginia’s gay marriage ban.

Timothy B. Bostic and Tony C. London say in a federal lawsuit that they were turned down when they tried to obtain a marriage license at the Norfolk Circuit Court on July 1.

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