The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’s request Thursday to delay issuing marriage license to same-sex couples. Davis made headlines across U.S. earlier this year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples following the Supreme Court ruling, citing religious beliefs.
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is taking her fight to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 126-page appeal, Davis and her attorneys asked the Circuit Court to overturn four lower-court decisions. Specifically, they are asking the Court to reverse two injunctions against Davis, as well as grant her an injunction from having to follow the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, and overturn the contempt of court decision that placed her in jail.
The Christian Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for declining to make a cake for a same-sex "wedding" in 2012 has appealed his case to the state supreme court, which gives the court the opportunity to weigh the hot-button issue of whether private wedding venders have the right not to support "gay weddings" on the basis of religious objection.
Ashers bakery's appeal against being found guilty of discrimination will be heard next year. Earlier this year, a Northern Ireland court held that Ashers had discriminated against customer Gareth Lee when the firm declined to bake a pro-"gay marriage" cake for him. Ashers was ordered to pay £500 (about $770) in damages. Today, senior judges in Belfast listed Ashers' challenge to the ruling for a hearing due to get underway on February 3.
On Wednesday morning, Oct. 7, 2015 – as a final appeal — Dr. Paul Church was allowed to speak for 15 minutes and present a written statement before a sub-committee of the Board of Directors of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. In late July, a BIDMC appeals panel supported the decision to fire Dr. Church based on negative comments he had made about homosexual behavior. His appeal to the Board of Directors is clearly the end game, but it’s not clear how long it will take, and the exact process is also unclear.
The State agency that ordered an Oregon Christian couple to pay two lesbians $135,000 for refusing to take part in their homosexual "wedding" has begun legal proceedings to seize the couple’s assets. "Our agency has docketed the judgment and is exploring collection options," said Charlie Burr, communications director for The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.
The 72-year-old florist who is being persecuted by pro-homosexual activists and the state of Washington has said that the institutional campaign against her "isn’t real to me." In March, Barronelle Stutzman was fined $1,001 for not providing flowers for a same-sex "wedding." However, the financial penalties could go much further, even to the point of consuming her personal assets. Stutzman’s attorney, Kellie Fiedorek, said that "right now, we’re appealing her case to the Washington Supreme Court."
Earlier this month, a panel at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston upheld the decision to remove Dr. Paul Church from the hospital staff for speaking out about the dangers of homosexual behavior. Dr. Church has now exercised his last option: An appeal to the BIDMC Board of Directors.
Public businesses in Illinois must serve same-sex couples, an Illinois judge ruled Thursday. The ruling was related to a complaint made against Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast by a same-sex couple that was denied service in 2011.
Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis lost another appeal to delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, marking the latest in a mounting stack of rejected appeals.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Embattled Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis "has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success" in her legal bid to "exempt" her office from licensing same-sex "marriages," a federal appeals court reiterated Tuesday. One day after Davis was released and returned to work, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals shot down another of her requests to delay issuing the licenses.
A special appeal panel at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston has upheld the hospital administration’s earlier claim that a physician’s statements to colleagues and staff about the dangers of homosexuality constitute "discrimination," "harassment," and "unprofessional conduct," and that Bible verses regarding homosexuality are similarly "offensive" and discriminatory.
MOREHEAD, Ky. — A county clerk in Kentucky was found in contempt of court and jailed for several days over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She was released Tuesday. She'll return to work Friday or Monday, her lawyers say. Davis' lawyer refused to say Tuesday whether Davis would obey Bunning's order that she not interfere with marriage licensing in her office upon her return to work. "Kim Davis cannot and will not violate her conscience," said Mat Staver, with the Christian firm Liberty Counsel. He said Davis is loyal to God and to her job but refused to elaborate.
On Monday, Kim Davis asked the Kentucky governor to immediately free her from jail, according to court documents obtained by CNN. "We would like them to release her from jail and provide reasonable, sensible accommodation so she can do her job," one of her lawyers, Horatio Mihet, said in a statement. "That would be taking her name off of marriage licenses in Rowan County and allowing her deputies to issue the licenses."
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky county clerk has appealed a judge's decision to put her in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Attorneys for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis officially appealed the ruling to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sunday. The three page motion does not include arguments as to why Davis should be released but amends Davis' earlier appeal of the judge's order.
A jailed Kentucky clerk asserts that the marriage licenses issued Friday to same-sex couples in Rowan County are void because she didn't authorize them, her attorney said. Attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel said the licenses are "not worth paper that they are written on" and promised to appeal the contempt order that sent clerk Kim Davis to jail on Thursday. The marriage licenses in the county usually have Davis' signature on them, but the ones handed out Friday by her deputies did not have any signature. The county attorney and lawyers for the same-sex couples said they are legal and valid despite the lack of a signature.
While Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed on Thursday for refusing to follow the orders of U.S. District Judge David Bunning, but instead following the Kentucky Constitution, her deputies processed a license for James Yates and William Smith, who had previously been denied one, after the office doors opened on Friday. Davis' deputies caved due to pressure after Judge David Bunning said they too would face fines and jail time if they refused to comply while Davis was being held in contempt of court. As of yet, no news has come out indicating that Davis will change her mind.
A Kentucky county clerk was found in contempt of court Thursday for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in wake of the Supreme Court decision to redefine marriage. U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning placed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in the custody of U.S. marshals until she complies. Here is an inspiring quote from Davis: "I’m very steadfast in what I believe. I don’t leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I’m not. It’s easy to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?"
A county clerk in Kentucky who invoked God's authority Tuesday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on "gay marriage" has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt. U.S. District Judge David Bunning moved swiftly after Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis insisted yet again Tuesday that her religious beliefs prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Late yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the temporary stay of a federal court order involving Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis. In light of these developments, Davis has released a statement explaining why she will not back down.
A county clerk in Kentucky is still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, invoking her religious beliefs and "God's authority" — even after the U.S. Supreme Court refused her emergency appeal. Activists from both sides gathered at Kim Davis' office Tuesday morning as David Moore and David Ermold were refused a marriage license for the fourth time. "We're not leaving until we have a license," Ermold said. "Then you're going to have a long day," Davis told him.
The Supreme Court refused Monday to let a Kentucky county clerk deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of what she said were her religious beliefs. The ruling, made without comment or any apparent dissents, is an early indication that while some push-back against "gay marriage" on religious grounds may be upheld, the justices won't tolerate it from public officials.
Lawyers for Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who is still not issuing any marriage licenses, are asking the Supreme Court to grant her a temporary shield from lawsuits and court orders that could result in her losing her job or paying damages. The emergency appeal was lodged with Justice Elena Kagan, who handles such claims from the 6th Circuit. She could turn it down, or ask for a response from lawyers from the same-sex couples who sued Davis. She could also refer the matter to the full court.
Dr. Paul Church, a well-respected urologist and member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, was recently expelled from the medical staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). His crime? He voiced concerns to his colleagues about the unhealthy nature of homosexual behavior and objected to the hospital’s aggressive promotion of “gay pride” activities. MassResistance activists have continued to protest at BIDMC.
Chick-fil-A's reputation as an opponent of same-sex "marriage" has imperiled the fast-food chain's potential return to Denver International Airport, with several City Council members this week passionately questioning a proposed concession agreement. The normally routine process of approving an airport concession deal has taken a rare political turn. The Business Development Committee on Tuesday stalled the seven-year deal with a new franchisee of the popular chain for two weeks.