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Topic: Marriage Refusal Bills

Judge Blocks Mississippi Law Protecting Religious Objections To Gay Marriage NPR  •  July 1, 2016 Almost at the last minute, a federal judge has declared a controversial Mississippi law unconstitutional. The law, HB 1523, would have protected religious objections to gay marriage, extramarital sex and transgender identities. The judge says it favors some religious beliefs over others and would co
Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses The New Civil Rights Movement  •  June 27, 2016 A federal judge has judge clerks in Mississippi cannot cite their religious beliefs as valid reasons to recuse themselves from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The case was argued by Roberta Kaplan, who won the historic Supreme Court DOMA case. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeve rule
Georgia Senate Approves ‘License to Discriminate’ The Advocate  •  February 19, 2016 Following an afternoon full of heated debate, the Georgia Senate approved sweeping legislationthat purports to protect individuals and faith-based organizations that oppose marriage equality. The final vote saw 38 senators vote in favor of the bill and 14 against it. The bill now goes back to the H
Anti-LGBT legislation voted down in Tennessee House Subcommittee LGBT Weekly  •  January 21, 2016 The Tennessee House Civil Justice Subcommittee has voted down an extreme measure being pushed by anti-LGBT activists which sought to eliminate marriage equality in the state and require the state to defend marriage as “between one man and one woman.” The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Tennessee
Pre-Filed Legislation in Alaska Seeks to Undermine Marriage Equality Alaska Commons  •  January 8, 2016 With the legislature set to reconvene for the second session of the 29th Legislature on January 20, the state finds itself in quite the hole. Oil drives state government. As in all of it. With Alaska Crude falling under $40 per barrel, Governor Bill Walker (I-Alaska) told an Anchorage town hall au
Kentucky governor files executive orders for revised marriage licenses and more The Lane Report  •  December 22, 2015 Frankfort, Ky. – Governor Matt Bevin has issued five executive orders pertaining to marriage licenses, minimum wage, hiring practices within the state government, the restoration of rights to felons and an established state board. According to a press release, the following Executive Order is b
Federal Court to Kim Davis: File Your Kentucky Religious Exemption Claim in Kentucky State Court Washington Post  •  September 16, 2015 Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit — which is in charge of appeals from federal courts in Kentucky (among other states) — refused to issue a preliminary injunction in favor of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who doesn’t want her name or office listed on Rowan County mar
New Poll: Kim Davis May Have Seriously Damaged the Cause of Anti-Gay “Religious Liberty” Outward  •  September 15, 2015 Shortly after the Supreme Court brought marriage equality to every state, the AP released a troubling poll: 49 percent of respondents believed local officials with religious objections should be exempt from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while just 47 percent thought they should b
NC County Scrambles to Provide Marriage Services After All Magistrates Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings Raw Story  •  September 10, 2015 All four magistrates in North Carolina’s McDowell County have been barred from performing any marriages for six months after they used the state’s religious exemption law to opt out of performing same-sex weddings. Chief District Judge Randy Pool confirmed to WLOS on Thursday that Hilary Holli
Georgia GOP Lawmakers Propose Religious Freedom Bill Atlanta Sun Times  •  September 9, 2015 One Georgia senator said he feels vindicated after the Kentucky court clerk was released from jail on Tuesday after denying same-sex marriage licenses. “I feel like this sort of vindicates those of us who’ve been saying for a year and a half now that this law is not about a license to discrimina