With Ky. clerk in jail, gay couple receives marriage license

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William Smith and James Yates received a marriage license Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, from Rowan County (Ky.) Deputy Clerk Brian Mason. Photo: Mike Wynn, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal

William Smith and James Yates received a marriage license Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, from Rowan County (Ky.) Deputy Clerk Brian Mason. Photo: Mike Wynn, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal

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MOREHEAD, Ky. — William Smith and James Yates obtained a license from Deputy Clerk Brian Mason on Friday morning. As they exited the courthouse, they were greeted by supporters chanting "love has won."

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  • Some Christians would insist that the ever erudite Joe Davis is an adulterer for having married a divorced woman. Selective observation is a wonderful thang.

    These two dummies have had more than their 15 minutes. Their petty grievance doesn’t justify a special session of the legislature. Who do they think they are?

    If Ms. Davis has any assets the civil suits will follow shortly. What’s a trailer home worth?

  • Jay

    Yes, Joe Davis is about as deep a thinker as his wife. Of Governor Beshear, he said “You ain’t no governor because you have no backbone.” Uh, most people would say he does have a backbone because he refuses to be bullied by the likes of Joe Davis.

    Congratulations to the same-sex couples who will now be able to exercise their constitutional rights in Rowan County.

  • Doug

    The clerk should have resigned or been fired if she couldn’t do her job as defined by her superiors.

    As to her beliefs, lets go back to Jesus. The Jews thought they shouldn’t have to pay tax to Caesar. Which led to “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”. The law says, Give them licenses.

    To paraphrase Tony Campolo, ‘Same sex marriage is now the law of the land. The Christian Church might as well get used to it.’

  • Larry

    Liberty Counsel never tells their clients that they can be on the hook for their opponent’s legal expenses as a penalty for wasting the court’s time on frivolous lawsuits.

    Alabama is already 500K+ deep for its attempt to claim SCOTUS has no power over them.

  • Larry

    to quote bqrq, “predators prefer thin good looking boys”. He speaks from personal knowledge as one, as that is mighty specific information about them.

  • This fiasco could have been averted
    if the Constitution were properly taught:

    “Congress shall make no law establishing a religion…” – US Constitution

    It wasn’t written by Obama – but by the founders and signed by all the states – including Kentucky.

    Here is the future for a religion-soaked culture:

    “Execute them”- JESUS (Luke 19:27)
    “Hate him” – JESUS (Luke 14:26)
    “Avoid Them” – ROMANS (16:17)
    “Do not associate with the GUILTY..” (1 Corinthians 5:11)
    “Do not even to eat with such a one.” (1 Corinthians 5:11)
    “Do not receive him…or greet him..” (2 John 1:10)
    “go tell him his fault.”- JESUS (Matthew 18:15)
    “Have nothing to do with him!” (Titus 3:9-11)
    “LET HIM BE REMOVED” (1 Corinthians 1:13)
    “In the name of Jesus..keep away from him!” (2 Thess 3:6)
    “CURSE HIM” – (1 Cor. 16:22)
    “Deem them unworthy” -JESUS (Matt 10:13)

    It is nonsense.

  • Fortunately most people are not slaves to Bronze Age texts of questionable provenance.

  • Richard Rush

    I agree, bqrq. Religious purity seekers are always howling, and are never satisfied.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Hey, as a white, relatively poor former mobile-home dwelling person of Southern origins, I resemble that. At least you didn’t go comparing the Davises to the Palins. Now that’d be a low blow. I’m not sure any of Kim’s exes are college basketball players or running buddies of her current amor.

    The people who are going to be suffering are the taxpayers. This little stunt is one reason the religious right is ruining the brand of Christ with their hateful and stupid antics.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Here we have a series of assertions not supported by evidence which is roughly translated as “I’m a sore loser.”

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Those who call others “perverts” cannot be said to live in reality. Of course there is a whole industry to exploit these poor people called the religious right, which monetizes their wrath at modernity. It seems when used as such the term “pervert,” not entirely a perjorative in itself, refers primarily to anything other than missionary position het sex in the dark without birth control for the purpose of procreation only.

    Karl Marx first said “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce,” and we certainly see this is the linear progression from Anita Bryant to Sarah Palin to Kim Davis, in terms of female advocates of ignorance and illegetimate authority as spokeswomen for seekers of power and control.

  • Yodawg

    Uh….the New Testament was entirely written in the Iron Age, as were the Dead Sea Scrolls and Masoretic Text which is where the modern OT comes from. I’m guessing you’re a slave to a misinformed Wikipedia page?

  • very nice post….
    I am agree with receiveing marriage license.Fortunately best bodies are not disciplinarian to Bronze Age texts of ambiguous provenance.thank you for sharing this interesting story.