Deputy clerks will issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Kentucky after their defiant boss was ordered to jail http://t.co/B0rvxbC6Kc— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 3, 2015
This is good news for the rule of law. Will she cash in? There is little doubt of it--but that is why Judge Bunning ordered jail for her, since fines would hardly be enough in her case.
No, Kim Davis is not Martin Luther King, Jr. http://t.co/T6qmIaXjZg— huffpostgay (@huffpostgay) September 3, 2015
His Name: Aylan His Age: 3 His Place of Birth: Syria, Kobani We have eyes little angel, yet still we can't see. pic.twitter.com/yQwhz4G1Xj— Ali H. Soufan (@Ali_H_Soufan) September 3, 2015
America, with all its wealth, can take more of these desperate families. Especially considering that America's preemptive war in Iraq did so much to destabilize the Mideast region. No one should die like this.
A dead baby becomes the most tragic symbol yet of the Mediterranean refugee crisis http://t.co/d3sSjBHlj7— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 2, 2015
Justice Scalia explains why Kim Davis should issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or find a new job http://t.co/9ZuR1riM4w— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 2, 2015
Kim Davis has no where else to go, except perhaps to jail. Below, Steve Kornacki asks her attorney, Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel, where her asserted "religious liberty" to use her government post to impose her religious views on others stops. Would she have the right to refuse to issue a marriage license to a divorced person seeking to remarry? Congrats to Kornacki for asking that question with a straight face, given the fact that Davis herself has had three divorces despite her deep devotion to the teachings of Jesus.
Supreme Court says Kentucky clerk must let gay couples marry http://t.co/UKqlCfwQ0I— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 1, 2015
Kim Davis does not like the rulings she has been getting in court. We are clear on that. But she has now lost procedurally in three courts. With SCOTUS having denied a stay, she must now issue marriage licenses to the gay couples or she will be in contempt of court. There is a process for removing her from office, which should now commence. Her religious freedom has nothing to do with it. She is not acting as an officer of a closely held private corporation, as in the Hobby Lobby case, but as a government official. What she has sought to impose is not religious freedom (which belongs to all) but religious supremacy for her particular belief. That is establishment of religion, which is clearly prohibited by the First Amendment.
Davis's case can now proceed on its merits, but the multiple denials of her requested stay indicate that her chances of prevailing are considered dim. Justice Kagan, who handles stay requests for the Sixth Circuit, forwarded her request to the full Supreme Court, and there was no indication of a dissent in the denial of a stay.
After Pope Francis responds to lesbian author Francesca Pardi by sending a blessing to her and her partner Maria Silvia Fiengo, a Vatican spokesperson issues a clarification that the blessing in no way changes Rome's policy of opposing same-sex unions.
Pardon me for sending virtual slaps to gay Catholics who get teary-eyed and hopeful over the Pope's charming window dressing. At this point, your determined hopefulness is willful self-delusion. There is no sign that the Vatican has the slightest interest in changing its virulently anti-gay doctrines. The pope's occasional nice statements and gestures do not change that. This reminds me of the 1990s when some of us would get bowled over by President Clinton saying "gay" in a speech, despite the fact that he screwed us over on marriage and military service. We need to grow up, pay attention, and fight back.
In a long-ago Doonesbury cartoon, Joanie Caucus says to her dying friend after he and his doctor trade some gallows humor, "How can you joke about this?" He replies, "How can you not?"
Mother Loses Fight To Keep Alabama From Recognizing Late Son's Marriage To Another Man http://t.co/zoJAYDVxEd— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) July 31, 2015
Thank goodness. This woman's behavior reflects standard operating procedure for many gay people's birth families over the years. Bereaved same-sex partners, at the worst possible time, have been excluded from funerals, seen their joint property stolen, their entire lives upended and defiled by people who refused to respect their supposed loved one's love. Some of those excluded and robbed in this way have killed themselves out of despair. Our collective fight for marriage equality, sustained over many years, is making a positive difference in countless lives, and thwarting intolerance and selfishness.
There is so much hating on Kanye West, I thought I'd show you this video in which his decency shines. Caitlyn Jenner gives him credit for helping Kim Kardashian deal with Caitlyn's transition. And in case you forgot, Kanye came out strongly against homophobia in hip-hop ten years ago.
This is the disconnect of fanatics like Santorum. He cannot accept the fact that a growing majority of Americans support marriage equality. How does he expect to pass the amendment? He really doesn't understand that he lives in a republic, and that he lost the argument.
Not that it matters, since any such amendment is even deader than it was before, but good for Sen. Rubio for facing reality. Now if only he would face reality on Cuba.