officials refuse to marry same sex couples

Cruz rips federal judge's 'tyranny' in clerk's case

Paul Bremmer, WND

“Those who are persecuting Kim Davis believe that Christians should not serve in public office. That is the consequence of their position. Or, if Christians do serve in public office, they must disregard their religious faith – or be sent to jail,” said Ted Cruz.

SCOTUS Denies KY County Clerk Kim Davis' Appeal

David G. Savage, LA Times

A Kentucky county clerk claimed for months that she had a religious liberty right to refuse to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples. She took her argument all the way to the Supreme Court. The justices agreed with lower courts, which ruled that Kim Davis, as an elected government official, had a duty to comply with the law. Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the high court ruled June 26 that same-sex couples have an equal right to marry. 

NC Senate votes to override McCrory marriage veto

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press

The NC state Senate voted Monday night to cancel Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that would allow some North Carolina court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage activities because of religious objections. The 32-16 vote was above the three-fifths threshold necessary to override a veto.

Federal Judge to Hear Arguments Thursday on Alabama Same-Sex Marriages

Kalyn Wolfe, Richard Perez-Pena and Richard Fausset, New York Times

A federal judge in Mobile, Alabama will hear arguments Thursday on whether to order local officials here to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as some Alabama counties granted the licenses for a second day, but most continued to refuse.