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Ohio Judge Takes Over Weddings
After Gay Couple Turned Away
After a municipal court judge in Toledo refused to perform
a same-sex wedding this week, the presiding judge says she
will now perform all marriages in her courtroom.
Toledo Municipal Judge Michelle Wagner says she doesn't
want to see a same-sex couple go before a judge who is not
interested in conducting the ceremony. She said it is her
privilege to perform those weddings.
Her decision came after her colleague, Municipal Judge
C. Allen McConnell, said he didn't marry a same-sex couple
earlier this week because of his religious beliefs. Another
judge was brought in to perform the wedding the same day.
The court typically uses a weekly rotation of judges to
perform marriages and handle other unscheduled matters.
McConnell was on duty Monday when he refused to perform
CDC Gives $216M in Funding for
HIV Prevention Efforts
(CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
announced that it has awarded $216 million over five years
to 90 community-based organizations (CBOs) nationwide
to deliver effective HIV prevention strategies to those at
greatest risk, including people of color, men who have sex
with men (MSM), transgender individuals, and people who
"Community-based organizations have been vital to our
nation's HIV prevention efforts since the earliest days of the
epidemic," said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC's
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and
Tuberculosis Prevention. "The organizations we're funding
have a strong foothold in the hardest-hit communities. They
have the credibility and experience needed to deliver the
most effective HIV prevention strategies to those who need
CBOs will use the new funding to deliver high-impact HIV
prevention strategies, including:
• Providing HIV testing to those at high risk to increase the
proportion of people who are aware of their HIV status
• Engaging HIV-positive people in ongoing care and
treatment, helping them adhere to antiretroviral therapy,
and ensuring they receive prevention and support services
• Ensuring high-risk, HIV-negative individuals have access
to prevention and support services such as pre-exposure
prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), high-
impact behavioral interventions, and screening for sexually
• Distributing condoms to HIV-positive and high-risk,
Ky. Clerk Says Gov. Told Him to
Issue Licenses or Resign
(AP) A Kentucky clerk of court said the state's governor
told him he should either issue marriage licenses to same-
sex couples or resign from office.
But Casey Davis said he would go to jail before he resigned
and vowed he would not issue any marriage licenses in Casey
County after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex
marriages in all 50 states.
Davis is one of several local officials across the country
who have refused to comply with the court's decision, citing
religious objections. The American Civil Liberties Union
has already sued Rowan County Clerk of Court Kim Davis
for refusing to issue marriage licenses. A federal judge is
scheduled to hear arguments in that case Monday.
Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to issue a statement soon.
Two Missouri Judges Stop Marrying
After Gay Marriage Legalized
(AP) At least two Missouri judges are opting to not marry
any couples following the historic U.S. Supreme Court
decision legalizing marriage between same-sex couples.
Associate circuit judges Larry Winfrey and Steve Jackson
of the southern Missouri county of Laclede (luh-KLEED') say
they won't be marrying anyone.
Codes guiding judicial conduct in the state prohibit judges
from discriminating in whom they marry. That means if
judges don't want to marry same-sex couples, they can't
marry opposite-sex couples, either.
Winfrey and Jackson say they don't want to be caught up in
the "dissention" the Supreme Court decision created.
Compiled by Jillian Melero
Ted Cruz Hopes SCOTUS Marriage
Ruling Will Start a 'Raging Inferno'
(EDGE) To celebrate Independence Day
last week, 2016 presidential GOP hopeful Ted
Cruz (R-TX) went on an anti-gay rant at the
Rock Springs Church in Milner, Ga., where he
condemned the Supreme Court's landmark
ruling last month, legalizing same-sex
marriage in all 50 states.
According to Right Wing Watch, Cruz said
he hopes the high court's decision will spark a
backlash and that it starts a "raging inferno."
"It is my hope that that marriage decision
serves as a spark to start a fire that becomes a
raging inferno and an awakening that sweeps
this country as the body of Christ rise up to
defend the values that have built America into
this great nation that we are," he said, according
to the conservative website Red Kudzu.
Cruz also said a number of Republican
politicians responded to the gay marriage
ruling by "publicly issuing critical statements
and privately going in the backroom popping
champagne and celebrating."
Photo by Gage Skidmore.
Toledo Court Judges.
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