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Sep 7, 2021

Court rules Catholic school wrongfully fired gay substitute

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A gay substitute teacher was wrongfully fired by a Roman Catholic school in North Carolina after he announced in 2014 on social media that he was going to marry his longtime partner, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn ruled Friday that Charlotte Catholic High School and the […]

Jul 11, 2017

Gay marriage-recusal law survives federal court challenge

North Carolina’s law allowing magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages survived a challenge June 28 when an appeals court determined that three couples weren’t harmed enough to fight the state’s use of taxpayer money to apply the law. The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed their lawsuit, rejecting arguments by the couples that […]

Jul 5, 2017

Civil Rights — No Taxpayer Standing in Religious Exemption Case

Ansley v. Warren (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-143-17, 18 pp.) (Wilkinson, J.) No. 16-2082, June 28, 2017; USDC at Asheville, N.C. (Cogburn, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: Plaintiffs, including same-sex couples who are either engaged or married, cannot rely on taxpayer standing to challenge North Carolina Senate Bill 2, which grants state magistrates a religious exemption from […]

Apr 19, 2017

NC bill rejects Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage

Three North Carolina legislators are taking a symbolic swipe at gay marriage, introducing a measure rejecting a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex unions in every state. A bill introduced April 11 claims that the nation’s highest court overstepped itself with its 2015 ruling that had the effect of voiding an amendment to North Carolina’s […]

Dec 10, 2015

Lawsuit challenges gay marriage law in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three couples filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging North Carolina’s law allowing officials to refuse to perform gay marriages based on their religious beliefs. Their attorney says the state is violating the First Amendment and using taxpayer money to advance a religious point of view, and they want to strike down the law […]

Dec 9, 2015

Lawsuit challenges gay marriage law in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges North Carolina’s law allowing magistrates to refuse to perform gay marriages based on their religious beliefs, arguing that it violates equality and church-state provisions in the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, filed by three couples, seeks to overturn the law, which was pushed by Republicans in the […]

Sep 8, 2015

Huckabee, Cruz plan to meet with jailed Kentucky clerk

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two Republican presidential candidates planned jailhouse meetings Tuesday with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, raising her conservative-hero status as she remains behind bars over her refusal to give marriage licenses to gay couples. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each said they would meet with Davis, who was […]

Sep 1, 2015

Supreme Court rules against Kentucky clerk in gay marriage case

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will have to choose whether to issue marriage licenses, defying her Christian conviction, or […]

Aug 27, 2015

Same-sex couple cheers gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk’s office on Thursday again refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple, in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country two months ago. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses, citing her Christian faith […]

Aug 4, 2015

South Carolina gay marriage plaintiffs seek almost $250K

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Two couples who challenged South Carolina’s gay marriage ban want to be reimbursed by the state almost a quarter-million dollars in attorney fees and court costs. Same-sex couples had sued in federal courts in Charleston and Columbia for the right to be married or for South Carolina to recognize their marriages […]

Jul 21, 2015

Attorneys expect challenges to Senate Bill 2 and magistrates who refuse same-sex marriages

Attorneys and marriage equality advocates are wondering how far magistrates may go in asserting religious beliefs to recuse themselves from marrying couples following passage of Senate Bill 2, and whether the law will be challenged on constitutional grounds. The bill took effect June 11 after the General Assembly overrode a veto by Gov. Pat McCrory. […]

Jun 26, 2015

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will […]

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