Senate votes to take Alabama out of marriage business

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would do away with marriage licenses and the requirement for people to go through a wedding ceremony.

The bill comes as a few Alabama probate judges refuse to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to give them to gay couples.

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Texas bill lets officials deny issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP)- A bill allowing county judges and other officials to refuse to issue licenses for same-sex marriages because of religious objections is headed to the full Texas Senate.

Sen. Brian Birdwell’s proposal only applies in cases where other officials without any objection can step in and issue marriage documents.

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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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Alabama House committee approves bill that would ax state-signed marriage licenses

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples.

The House Judiciary committee voted for the bill, which passed the Senate in March.

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“Separate but equal” marriage license bill moves to Senate floor with bipartisan support

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Frankfort, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers want to create two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples, in a move critics say harks back to the “separate but equal” days of the civil rights movement.

One marriage license form would note the “bride” and “groom” and the other form would note “first party” and “second party.” Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Stephen West of Paris said couples, both gay and straight, could use either form.

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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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Sarasota baker will not use his religion against same-sex couples

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Since marriage equality started to become law, first state-by-state and then nationwide this past June, some in the conservative, Christian community have declared a war on same-sex weddings using the excuse that it infringes on their religious freedom.

Kim Davis used the excuse to not issue marriage licenses to any couples in Rowan County, Kentucky and many Christian bakers across the country refused to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples saying that a part of them would be participating in the ceremony.

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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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Alabama Probate Judge faces conflicting orders over marriage licenses

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Montgomery, Ala. – A Mobile probate judge now faces conflicting direct orders from a federal judge and the Alabama Supreme Court regarding gay marriage.

An Alabama Supreme Court order issued late March 10 is the latest development in Alabama’s saga over gay marriage. A federal judge last month said that Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis couldn’t refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.

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Oklahoma House passes bill shifting marriage license authority from state to clergy

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that shifts the issuance of marriage licenses from the state to members of the clergy.

House members voted 67-24 for the measure March 10 and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

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Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage licenses

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Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Supreme Court on March 3 ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The all-Republican court in Montgomery sided with the argument offered by a pair of conservative organizations when they appealed a decision by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile, who ruled in January that both Alabama’s constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

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Anti-gay group sues Orange County Clerk

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Orlando – Florida Family Action, a group notorious for its opposition to marriage equality, is suing the Orange County Clerk to try to make her stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

FFA filed their emergency alternative writ of mandamus Jan. 15 in the 9th Circuit Court of Orange County. The plaintiffs want a judge to command Orange County Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell “to perform her ministerial duty not to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.”

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