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Tenn. Official Says He Won’t Perform Same-Sex Marriages

A Tennessee county official who performs marriage ceremonies but said he will not marry same-sex couples has received a warning letter from Americans United.

After marriage equality became the law in 2015 thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, Maury County Trustee Steve Konz said that he would no longer officiate at any weddings due to his conservative Roman Catholic beliefs.

Wyo. Judge May Lose Job Over Same-Sex Marriage Refusal

A Wyoming judge who says she won’t perform same-sex marriage ceremonies because of her religious beliefs is on the verge of losing her job after the state’s supreme court recommended she be dismissed. 

The recommendation came after Judge Ruth Neely of Pinedale told the Pinedale Roundup that her religious beliefs could conflict with her job duties. In a letter to the state’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, she compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

“I can no more officiate at a same-sex wedding than I can buy beer for the alcoholic,” Neely wrote.

Americans United Applauds Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore’s Suspension For Defying Marriage Equality Ruling

Moore Found Guilty Of Ethics Violations, Barred For Remainder Of Term Without Pay

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is rightly suspended without pay for the remainder of his term, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a decision issued just one day after Moore’s ethics trial, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary punished the state’s top jurist for his attempts to undermine the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

N.Y. Democratic Candidate Thinks Same-Sex Couples Should Be Barred From Public School Textbooks

A Democrat running for state office in New York said if elected, he’ll work to ensure that photos of same-sex couples do not appear in public school textbooks.

S.J. Jung is challenging incumbent state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Queens) for her seat. Stavisky, who defeated Jung back in 2014, voted to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. It seems that move didn’t sit well with Jung, who is hoping to rally anti-gay voters to his cause.

Amazing Anniversary: Marriage Equality Decision Celebrates First Year

This Sunday will mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to the states in 2015.

Writing for the 5-4 majority in that case, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy explained that all people have a right to the dignity that marriage bestows on couples.

Scathing Scalia: Judge, Law Scholar Criticize Supreme Court Justice’s Marriage Equality Rants

In an editorial for The New York Times, 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner slammed a U.S. Supreme Court justice for his views on gay rights. Posner, who co-wrote the piece with Georgia State University law professor Eric Segall, argued that Antonin Scalia’s vehement opposition to gay rights is incompatible with the Constitution.

Once More, With Enthusiasm: Texas Attorney General Again Refuses To Recognize Marriage Equality

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seems to have his sights set on being the next Religious Right martyr.

In a move that is as petty as it is mean spirited, Paxton recently asked a court not to recognize the common-law marriage of two women, one of whom is now deceased. The issue arose when Sonemaly Phrasavath, surviving wife of Stella Powell, made a claim to the inheritance that Powell left her when she died in 2014.

Paying The Piper: Texas Attorney General Faces Contempt Charge For Marriage Equality Non-Cooperation

Some Religious Right operatives have said they would rather go to jail than accept marriage equality in the states. Although Texas’ attorney general has not yet made so bold a statement, he may nonetheless spend some time behind bars for his refusal to cooperate with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decision.

Federal Court Orders All Ala. Probate Judges To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Americans United And Allies Represent Five Couples Seeking Marriage Equality

A federal district court yesterday ordered all Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to all qualified same-sex couples.

The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama applies to all probate judges, which are responsible for issuing marriage licenses, in Alabama’s 67 counties.

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