The Religious Right loves a good sob story, and it seems to have found a great one courtesy of a Missouri courthouse clerk who fears she may soon be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Legislators in Indiana have proposed a fix to their controversial “religious freedom” bill (RFRA), and it’s certainly a step forward for LGBT rights. The amendment, which still awaits approval from Governor Mike Pence, would prevent small businesses from using the RFRA to discriminate in many ways.
As some business owners nationwide argue that they have a “religious freedom” right to refuse service to LGBT customers, one Oklahoma lawmaker fought back with a proposal that would have required businesses to issue public notice if they intended to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would, critics claim, throw the current laws on civil marriage in the state into chaos. HB 1125, sponsored by State Rep. Todd Russ (R-Cordell), would require couples to have a member of the clergy or another registered officiant solemnize the wedding and issue a marriage certificate. The bill would eliminate marriage licenses altogether.
Keith Ingram has fallen in love, and he wants to get married. It's a familiar story.
But this one has a twist. Because the person he loves is a man, there are obstacles to his happiness: Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore, and the probate judges who followed his order not to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Same-sex couples in Alabama could marry as soon as Monday, now that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a stay of a federal court ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage in two concurrent lawsuits.
Same-sex couples can now marry in the state of Oklahoma. But if a state legislator gets his way, atheists and other religious minorities would have a much harder time tying the knot.
As federal courts tell more and more states that they must allow same-sex marriage, it seems one of the few remaining holdouts is bracing for the inevitable. Texas, which hates to be messed with and loves to hate “non-traditional” marriage, has come up with a bill that would punish state clerks who issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
A federal appeals court ruling upholding bans on same-sex marriage in four states is misguided and should be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in DeBoer v. Snyder and related challenges that bans on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan may stand. The ruling clashes with decisions by several other appeals courts, which have invalidated such bans.
North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban is probably history. But the Supreme Court’s decision to let a lower court ruling striking the ban doesn’t sit so well with the Religious Right, and thanks to the efforts of local extremists, a new front in the civil rights battle has emerged: religious refusals.