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(AP) A few court clerks in Kentucky are
refusing to issue marriage licenses to any
couple as an objection to the U.S . Supreme
Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Casey County Clerk Casey Davis says his
religious convictions will not allow him to
issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
He says his office is no longer issuing licenses
to any couple.
Davis says "in good conscience I cannot put
my name on one of those licenses." He says no
same-sex couple has been in to the office to
ask for one.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported
that clerks in Rowan and Lawrence counties
have also halted issuing marriage licenses in
response to the Supreme Court ruling.
Terry Sebastian, a spokesman for Gov. Steve
Beshear, says the governor's office is reviewing
how to respond
Kentucky Clerks Object To
Ruling, Halt Marriage Licenses
Alabama Supreme Court Asks For
Motions in Marriage Case
(AP) The Alabama Supreme Court is asking parties to
weigh in on the impact of the landmark ruling giving gay and
lesbian people the right to marry nationwide.
State justices on Monday directed parties to file motions
by July 6 on how the decision impacts the state court's March
order to probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay
The Monday order did not give directions to probate
Susan Watson, the head of the ACLU of Alabama, calls
the order a stalling tactic. She says probate judges could face
sanctions if they refuse the licenses.
The chief of staff for Chief Justice Roy Moore said the chief
justice has said the order speaks for itself, but is not offering
an interpretation. Moore is recused from the Alabama case.
Gov. Cuomo Officiates At Gay
Couple's Wedding for First Time
(AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday made
use of some newly granted powers to officiate at his first
wedding, that of a same-sex couple who wed outside a
Greenwich Village bar where police harassment of patrons
sparked three days of riots in 1969.
David Contreras Turley, who worked as part of the
coalition to pass the marriage equality law in New York State,
exchanged vows with Peter Thiede, a UBS analyst.
The marriage took place in front of the Stonewall Inn on
the day of the annual gay pride march and two days after a
U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage
across the country.
"Today is a good day because at the end of the day, love
wins today. And any day that love wins is a good day," Cuomo
said before asking the couple to join him on stage, adding
that he was slightly nervous, since "this is my first marriage."
State law did not allow Cuomo to officiate at wedding
ceremonies until last week. The authority to do so was
granted as part of a slew of legislation passed days ago.
Prior to the wedding ceremony, attorney Roberta Kaplan
spoke to the crowd. Kaplan represented Edie Windsor in
the case that saw the court issue a ruling against the federal
Defense of Marriage Act.
Cuomo said New York played a role in getting same-sex
marriage to the point where it was, by legalizing it in the
state in 2011.
"New York passed marriage equality and people waited
to see what happened." Cuomo said. "And you know what?
The sky didn't fall and the earth didn't stop spinning and
there wasn't anarchy and good people came together and are
sharing their lives."
APA Shows Support for SCOTUS
(APA) The American Psychiatric Association applauds
today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that supports the right of
same-sex couples across the nation to marry.
“Today’s ruling strikes a blow to inequality and
discrimination throughout the nation, and that’s good for
Americans’ mental health,” said APA President Renée Binder,
M.D. “The APA has a long history of supporting the rights
of same-sex couples, and we have long noted that there is
no scientific or medical reason to deny these couples the
right to marry. This decision is a landmark step in ensuring
equality and happiness for every American.”
In this case (James Obergefell, et al., and Brittani Henry, et
al., v. Richard Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health,
et al.), the court looked at the constitutionality of requiring
a state to issue a marriage license to two people of the same
sex and requiring a state to recognize a marriage between
two people of the same sex when legally married in another
APA joined a coalition of the nation’s top health care
associations including the American Medical Association,
the American Academy of Pediatrics, and others in
submitting an amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage.
“The claim that allowing sex-same couples to marry
undermines the institution of marriage and harms children
is inconsistent with the scientific evidence,” Binder said.
“In fact, the evidence strongly supports the conclusion that
homosexuality is a normal expression of human sexuality
and that gay men and lesbians form stable, committed
relationships equivalent to heterosexual couples.
“But this issue goes well beyond the scientific evidence,”
Binder said. “It is about what is the right thing to do and the
fact that everyone should be free from discrimination.”
Over the past several decades, APA has issued a number
of position statements on antidiscrimination policies
related to the LGBT community. Those positions were
consolidated into a 2013 Position Statement on issues related
“Today is a watershed moment for equal rights in America,”
said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A .
“We at the APA are proud that our country -- after a long
period of seeking equal rights -- now sees that everyone has the
constitutional right to marriage.”
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