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First same-sex marriage license issued in Rowan County with Kim Davis behind bars

09/04/2015 10:20 AM

MOREHEAD — With Democratic Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses, one of her deputies issued the first license to a same-sex couple on Friday morning. At 8:15 am, William Smith, Jr. and James Yates received the first license the Rowan County Clerk’s office has issued since late June when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Obergefell v. Hodges case, mandating same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states and striking down bans... Read more 

Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis will stay in custody after federal judge finds her in contempt

09/03/2015 04:28 PM

UPDATED ASHLAND — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will remain behind bars in defiance of U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order mandating her office resume issuing marriage licenses despite testimony from five of her six deputies Thursday that they will obey Bunning’s decision. Only Davis’s son, Nathan Davis, said he would not issue marriage licenses. Kim Davis was placed in U.S. marshals’ custody earlier Thursday for contempt, and Bunning gave her an opportunity to be freed later in the day so long... Read more 

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis found in contempt

09/03/2015 01:35 PM

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning found Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples . Bunning told Davis that she would remain jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses to gay couples. Davis said, “Thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. Marshal. She was not in handcuffs. Pure Politics’ Kevin Wheatley is in Ashland. We will continue to... Read more 

Rowan County clerk ordered to court for continuing to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses

09/01/2015 07:23 PM

MOREHEAD — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her staff have been ordered to appear in federal court 11 a.m. Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Bunning to determine whether she is in contempt of court, a charge that could include a fine, jail time or both. Davis continued her stand on Tuesday of not issuing any marriage licenses despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday evening to not hear her request for emergency application. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, contends... Read more 

Federal judge rules that Rowan County clerk must issue marriage licenses despite religious objections

08/12/2015 08:05 PM

U.S. District Judge David Bunning issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday mandating Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis resume issuing marriage licenses despite her religious objections to same-sex marriage. Bunning, in his ruling, said Davis is failing to uphold the oath she took to defend the U.S. Constitution by declining to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage. The clerk “is simply being asked to signify that couples meet the legal requirements to marry,” Bunning... Read more 

Jesse Benton, others indicted on corruption charges relating to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign

08/05/2015 02:29 PM

UPDATED: Jesse Benton and two other former Ron Paul campaign staffers have been indicted on corruption charges. The allegations date back to a bribery scandal of former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who pleaded guilty to receiving thousands for switching his support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul in the early primary state’s 2012 presidential election. The indictment, which was unsealed on Wednesday, charges Benton with five counts ranging from conspiracy, causing false records and campaign expenditure reports, false statements scheme... Read more 

Bobby Sherman, John Arnold must also pay as part of LRC lawsuit settlement

07/28/2015 12:00 AM

Former Legislative Research Commissioner Director Bobby Sherman and former lawmaker John Arnold will pay undisclosed sums to plaintiffs who recently settled sexual harassment lawsuits against the Legislative Research Commission. Louisville attorney Thomas Clay, who represents the three current and former LRC staffers who sued the agency and others in October 2013, declined to discuss terms with Sherman and Arnold, a former Democratic representative from Sturgis. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Monday that the pair, who both left their positions a month after... Read more 

LRC ponies up $400K to settle sexual harassment lawsuits by current, former employees

07/23/2015 07:56 PM

Three women who sued the Legislative Research Commission after a wide-ranging sexual harassment scandal have received $400,000 in an agreed settlement, their attorney announced Thursday. Louisville lawyer Thomas Clay said he had not yet received the check, which also includes attorneys’ fees, or the agreement itself pending signatures from the involved parties. “This amount of money was determined as a result of a long mediation,” Clay said in a phone interview with Pure Politics. “I think the mediation went 13 hours, so... Read more 

As clerks fight back against same-sex marriage ruling Beshear says no special session needed

07/07/2015 07:33 PM

As the House Speaker contemplates the need for a special session and more county clerks are planning on speaking out against an order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Gov. Steve Beshear says the issue has already been resolved and a special legislative session is not needed. On June 26, Beshear directed county clerks in the state to follow the U.S. and Kentucky Constitutions and issue licenses to same-sex couples regardless of deeply held beliefs. With a 5-4 to... Read more 

Rowan County clerk sued by ACLU after denying new marriage licenses while U.S. Rep. Yarmuth and Chief Justice Minton weigh in

07/02/2015 06:59 PM

As a handful of county clerks continue their refusal to issue new marriage licenses in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling last week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says those who continue to balk at the high court’s decision “ought to leave or do their job.” Inaction by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has already prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky to file suit on behalf of two homosexual couples and two heterosexual couples who were denied... Read more 

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