A Kentucky clerk who filed a lawsuit because she doesn’t want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has lost yet another appeal – but she still refuses to either do her job or find another one.
Although Kentucky officials rightly rejected up to $18 million in tax rebates for an overtly religious theme park last year, it seems some state lawmakers are still hell bent on doing everything in their power to offer public assistance to that attraction.
A federal judge yesterday ordered Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately – and she has already violated his ruling.
Davis, who identifies as an Apostolic Christian, had stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s verdict in Obergefell v. Hodges. When Gov. Steve Beshear ordered recalcitrant clerks to comply with the law or resign, she sued, with the assistance of Liberty University-based Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel.
Casey Davis of Casey County, Ky., is being persecuted for his faith. Or at least that’s what he’d like you to believe.
The Rev. Chris Caldwell has no problem with the fundamentalist Christian ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) spreading its message – but he sees no reason why he should have to pay for it.
That’s why Caldwell, pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., joined with Americans United March 30 in an attempt to legally intervene in a lawsuit dealing with possible taxpayer funding of AiG.
The Fayette Circuit Court ruled this week that a Lexington, Ky.-based T-shirt printing company did not break the law when it refused to make shirts for the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO).
GLSO had intended to use the shirts in the city’s 2012 Pride Festival, and filed a complaint against the company with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Human Rights Commission. The Commission ruled in GLSO’s favor, but Monday’s decision overturns that ruling.
After years of complaints by Americans United about Kentucky’s ongoing taxpayer assistance for Ark Encounter, a Christian fundamentalist theme park being built by the creationist ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG), state officials finally got the message.
Officials in Kentucky have decided not to grant $18 million in tax incentives to a fundamentalist theme park called “Ark Encounter” that promotes creationist ideas and biblical literalism.
That’s good news.
The bad news is that this project was ever considered a suitable candidate for public support. For years, the so-called “Ark Park,” a project of the fundamentalist ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG), appeared to be sailing smoothly toward a taxpayer-funded windfall. That should not have happened.