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Equality news round-up: Updates from Kentucky, Alabama, and Texas

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Alabama state seal– A report on yesterday’s news on Kim Davis.

– In Alabama, a bill to get rid of marriage licenses completely has died in the state house.

– The Washington Blade reports on efforts to win the fight for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.


  • 1. jpmassar  |  September 16, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Ireland: Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald brought the same-sex marriage legislation before the Cabinet on Wednesday…

    “I hope this legislation can be enacted as soon as possible so that the first same-sex marriages can take place before the end of the year.”

  • 2. jpmassar  |  September 16, 2015 at 8:16 am

    A Senate committee has warned the Turnbull government against a referendum or plebiscite on marriage equality, saying it is “squarely within the parliament’s power” to make a decision.

    The government, which does not control the numbers on the legal and constitutional affairs references committee, has a policy of putting the issue to the people in a vote some time after the election due in 2016.

    But the committee’s report, published on Wednesday, said marriage equality legislation should be introduced into the parliament as a matter of urgency, with all MPs being granted a free vote so they were not bound along party lines.

    The committee, chaired by the independent Queensland senator Glenn Lazarus, said a referendum was redundant because the high court had already found the change did not require a constitutional amendment.

    The report also repudiated the idea of a plebiscite – another form of national vote – because the committee heard evidence that “the matter of marriage is not one which should be decided by a popular vote”.

    “Whether the definition of marriage should be changed to encompass the union of two people, regardless of sex, is a matter which is squarely within the parliament’s power to legislate,” Lazarus wrote in the main report backed by the Labor members of the committee…

  • 3. David Cary Hart  |  September 16, 2015 at 8:26 am

    In Davis, Liberty Counsel is papering the system to death. Some of their maneuvering could constitute abuse of process. As of Sunday they were claiming that the preliminary injunction was satisfied when the named plaintiffs were granted marriage licenses and is thus no longer in effect.

    And by the way, all of this is at considerable taxpayer expense. One ignorant rube has created a massive amount of judicial action – and we are nowhere close to done.

  • 4. FredDorner  |  September 16, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I think it's yet to be determined who pays for this. Judge Bunning already ruled that Rowan County has no liability, and also that Davis has no qualified immunity under 42.USC.1983. So she could very well be financially screwed.

  • 5. Tony MinasTirith  |  September 16, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Even if she's held financially liable, her supporters would pay the tab…just like memory pizza. She's become a pro at playing the victimized Xtian. Playing the victim is the new being a Hero in 2015. The funds will come rolling in when she turns on the waterworks, and makes her wo is me speeches about religious freedom being taken away.

  • 6. Rik_SD  |  September 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I wish someone would keep an updated tally of the expenses that may be passed on to taxpayers there and post it prominently in her county

  • 7. A_Jayne  |  September 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    That would be a good "next billboard" in addition to or as a replacement of the one already in Morehead – the "biblical definition of marriage" one…

    "So far, the battle Kim Davis fought (and continues to fight) has cost Rowan County $XXXXX. So how much of that were YOU forced to contribute?"

  • 8. jcmeiners  |  September 17, 2015 at 7:37 am

    I'd like to see the property tax increase to pay for this on the ballot the same time when she is up for reelection. I wonder how well that will go over.

  • 9. Tony MinasTirith  |  September 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Malcolm Turnbull Backflips On Marriage Equality; Confirms He Won’t Allow A Free Vote In Parliament.


    Looks like Turnbull has sold his soul just to secure the job of Prime Minister. The Australians may as well install turnstiles at "The Lodge" in Canberra and at Kirribilli House in Syndey.

  • 10. VIRick  |  September 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Court Documents Quantify Impact of Same-Sex Marriage in Kansas

    Wichita KS — Court documents in "Marie v. Moser" are offering a glimpse at the early impact of the same-sex marriage ruling in Kansas. The latest filing from state officials on Tuesday, 15 September 2015, comes in this lawsuit which challenged the constitutionality of the Kansas ban on same-sex marriages. A federal judge has already ruled the state’s ban is unconstitutional in the wake of the recent US Supreme Court decision that legalized such unions nationwide.

    However, Judge Crabtree gave the parties extra time to make written filings on whether Kansas has made good on its assurances that it will comply. One affidavit shows that the Kansas State Employee Health Benefits Plan has granted health insurance coverage to 48 same-sex spouses. Another document shows Sedgwick County (Wichita) has issued at least 160 marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while Douglas County (Overland Park) issued about 60 such licenses.

  • 11. josejoram  |  September 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  • 12. VIRick  |  September 16, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Comedians Build ‘Gay Bar’ on Russian-Owned Land in Finland

    HELSINKI — Two Swedish comedians say they built a reconstruction of the “Police Academy” gay bar on Russian-owned land in Finland to protest a Russian law that bans the spreading of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.

    Finnish police say they are investigating “some kind of construction” on a Russian-owned seaside plot outside the village of Saltvik in the (autonomous Swedish-speaking) Aland archipelago in the Baltic Sea.

    Comedians Simon Gärdenfors and Frej Larsson said Wednesday, 16 September 2015, that the makeshift shack, meant to resemble The Blue Oyster bar from the 1984 film, was built last weekend. Local media say Russia’s consul in the autonomous Baltic Sea archipelago filed a police complaint.

  • 13. Fortguy  |  September 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    It's clear that transgender victims have a long way to go still before the criminal justice system treats them with dignity and respect:

    Sarah Mervosh, The Dallas Morning News: Dallas man receives 10 years probation for death of transgender woman
    John Wright, Texas Observer: No Justice for Janette? Dallas Man Sentenced to Probation in Fatal Assault of Trans Woman

    Particularly poignant is this excerpt from the DMN article:

    He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Tuesday in exchange for the probation. If Kenney abides by the conditions of his probation, he won’t serve prison time and will avoid a formal conviction on his record.


  • 14. VIRick  |  September 16, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    A New Florida Lawsuit on the Presumptive Parentage/Birth Certificate Issue

    Today, 16 September 2015, another challenge to the Florida statute as to the presumptive parentage of children born to same-sex married couples has been filed, "Lynsky-Lake v. Lynsky-Lake," this one in state court as part of a divorce proceeding.

    The petition, which includes the challenge to Florida statute §382.013(2)(a) insofar as it excludes same-sex married couples, is linked here:

  • 15. VIRick  |  September 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Indiana: A Challenge to Indiana Law as to the Presumptive Parentage on Birth Certificates

    In the on-going case, "Henderson v. Adams," the plaintiffs have filed a second amended complaint and all defendants have filed answers.

    Second Amended Complaint is linked here:

    This is a massive case, with multi-party plaintiffs from throughout the state of Indiana, and multi-party defendants, as there are the State Defendants, the Marion County (Indianapolis) Defendants, the Tippecanoe County (Lafayette) Defendants, the Bartholomew County (Columbus) Defendants, and the Vigo County (Terre Haute) Defendants.

  • 16. Sagesse  |  September 16, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Telling stories.

    Watch: Stephen Colbert Asks Apple CEO Tim Cook If Being Gay Is 'An Upgrade Or A Feature?' [NCRM]

  • 17. Sagesse  |  September 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Pittsburgh Honors Crusading Native Son With 'Evan Wolfson Day' [NCRM]

  • 18. VIRick  |  September 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    The Latest Out of Alabama

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams, whose chief qualification for holding elected public office comes from the fact that he claims he once attended a local bible institute, fears going to jail for refusing to issue sodomy licenses. .. or something. Or whatever.

    In his latest filing, of 16 September 2015, an "Emergency Petition for Declaratory Judgment and/or Protective Order in Light of Jailing of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis," in the on-going hog-mess, "Alabama Policy Institute v. King," apparently still before the Alabama Supreme Court in some form or the other, he claims:

    "The jailing of Kentucky Clerk Kimberly B. Davis put at immediate risk the liberty interest of all faithful and religiously sincere public officials in Alabama whose office has responsibility for making decisions as to whether to give sanction and honor to homosexual relationships to include the issuance of a license to engage in sodomy."

    The insane filing is here:

    Nick Williams' anal sphincter must be palpitating in dreaded anticipation.

  • 19. Shmoozo  |  September 16, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Because it is a filing with the Supreme Court of Alabama rather than a filing in a federal court I suspect that it might actually be taken seriously.

    I wonder if the Justices of the Supreme Court of Alabama will live down to expectations on this.

  • 20. guitaristbl  |  September 17, 2015 at 6:55 am

    My thoughts exactly. He knew perfectly well where to file this nonsense. Moore is capable of anything.

  • 21. Zack12  |  September 17, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Don't forget Justice Tom Parker either.
    He is the co-founder of the Focus On The Family hate group for Alabama, the Alabama Family Alliance now known as the Alabama Policy Institute.
    He and Moore have the same goal, to impose their far right religious beliefs on everyone else, whether they want it or not.

  • 22. sfbob  |  September 16, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Why do I get the feeling that the attorney who filed that petition either never studied constitutional law or else flunked it?

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