Gender Non-Conforming Valedictorian

Don’t give the kid an honor like valedictorian if you’re not going to allow that same student to give the commencement speech. It’s tradition. I’m sure it’s a small school where all the students are well-known, so you knew what Christian was like and deliberately chose to take this moment away from him.

The valedictorian banned from giving a graduation speech at his Kentucky high school believes the local church diocese stopped him from speaking because he’s gender nonconforming.

“Just myself being visible and existing has threatened them, in their minds,” Christian Bales, 18, told BuzzFeed News Monday, three days after his high school barred him from giving a planned speech at its commencement ceremony.

Bales, who said he often wears makeup and traditionally feminine clothing to school events, found out he would be valedictorian of Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, three weeks ago. The distinction meant he would be able to give a speech at the school’s graduation ceremony. His best friend, Holy Cross’s student council president Katherine Frantz, was also slated to give a speech.

But on Friday morning, Holy Cross’s Principal Mike Holtz called Bales’ and Frantz’s families to say that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, which oversees their school, had deemed their speeches inappropriate to read at that evening’s graduation ceremony.

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Gay Man to Challenge Kim Davis in Election

If a transgender woman can win an office in Virginia (state level) and Minnesota (city level), I say this man should go for it with all the gusto he can manage. People full of hate like Kim Davis will soon learn. Of course Alabama is proof that criminal actions or spending time behind bars isn’t a hindrance for thousands of voters.

A man refused a license to marry his fiancé by Kim Davis is preparing to stand against her in next year’s election.

Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis is set to re-run for election in 2018, despite her extreme opposition to LGBT rights and being put behind bars for contempt of court.

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Ky. family judge: Gay marriage, like ‘jumbo shrimp,’ illogical

Just so Judge Tim Philpot understands, oxymorons are simply a figure of speech. They are neither logical or illogical. They simply are. From the entry on Wikipedia:

An oxymoron (usual plural oxymorons, less commonly the Greek-style oxymora) is a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory, but which contain a concealed point. Oxymorons appear in a variety of contexts, including inadvertent errors (such as “ground pilot”) and literary oxymorons crafted to reveal a paradox.

Before you make an ass of yourself, make sure you know what you’re talking about. On many things.

LOUISVILLE — A Family Court judge who routinely presides over gay adoptions said that gay marriage is an “oxymoron” like “jumbo shrimp” or a “magnificent Chihuahua.”

Appearing before a religious group, Fayette Circuit Court Judge Tim Philpot said he loves homosexuals but their relationships are “sterile” and “just entertainment.”

Addressing the Francis Asbury Society in Wilmore, Ky., on Sept. 8, Philpot called the Supreme Court’s decision last year legalizing gay marriage “pretty close to insane” and warned that “there is no question that polygamy is on the way.”

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KY Couple Gets Rude Eviction

It’s a shame people can’t be honest about their hatred up front. No one could possibly move out of a home within 24 hours. I hope others avoid renting from her so she ends up penniless.

A married Kentucky couple says their landlord, who is also a member of local government, both assaulted and evicted them from their apartment after she learned they were gay.

Joshua Melton and his husband, James Feltner, said they never had a problem with Manchester City Council Member Esther Thompson, who owns the town home they’d been living in for about nine months, until mid-June, WYMT reports. At that point, the men claim Thompson told them that she “should have never rented to the faggots,” and gave them just 24 hours to leave the apartment.

The news channel did not locate an official eviction notice. Instead, they found a complaint that Thompson filed in July, seeking $2,500 from Melton and Feltner, saying that the couple had “violated their lease in many ways,” including having six dogs.

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Ky County Clerk Names Could Be Removed From Marriage Licenses

Who cares if he has the authority? Let him make the change so that idiot woman and all of her worshippers can feel better about themselves. Anything to shut the bitch up – and anyone else like her.

Just weeks after winning his election, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin fulfilled a campaign promise on Tuesday to accommodate county clerks who hold a religious objection to same-sex couples marrying — a cause elevated to national attention by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.

But critics said Bevin has overstepped his authority as governor.

At the heart of the dispute is Davis, who was sued in federal court for refusing to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court’s ruling for marriage equality. Davis contended that issuing licenses to same-sex couples violated her religious freedom, because Kentucky state law mandates that the name of elected county clerks appear on the licenses — which Davis argued was a form of endorsement of those marriages.

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Mormon leader: KY clerk taking wrong approach on gays

I’m glad to see the Mormon faith taking these steps, however small, toward unification. Or at least middle ground. Far too many Ultra Conservatives want to be divisive and even violent.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon Church staked a deeper claim to middle ground in American society, advocating for compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination, and criticizing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages.

“We may have cultural differences, but we should not have ‘culture wars,'” Mormon leader Dallin H. Oaks declared.

“On the big issues … both sides should seek a balance, not a total victory,” he said. “For example, religionists should not seek a veto over all non-discrimination laws that offend their religion, and the proponents of non-discrimination should not seek a veto over all assertions of religious freedom.”

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Davis Won’t Go Away

I think at this point, she’s just clinging to the fame. There are many stories around the web right now about this woman who won’t go away. I’ll share links here:

In Rural Kentucky, Residents Disagree About County Clerk Kim Davis

Kentucky Clerk Files Brief Arguing She Should Not Be Held In Contempt Of Court

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Anticipated The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling — And Planned Accordingly

Meet Kim Davis, The Woman Denying Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses In Kentucky

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A Transgender Man Was Married By The Kentucky Clerk Who Refuses To Perform Same-Sex Marriage

I understand what this couple is trying to do, but this ignorant woman should no longer work for any government in any capacity – even the lowliest of jobs – still refuses to issue licenses to ALL couples, gay OR straight and yet this one slipped by and she allowed it. Someone in Kentucky needs to start a petitiion to remove her from office. She’s never going to budge so We the People need to budge her right out of office.

The Kentucky county clerk who has petitioned the Supreme Court to be exempted from performing same-sex marriages due to her religious beliefs signed a marriage certificate for a transgender man and his pansexual wife earlier this year.

Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Davis ordered her staff to stop issuing any marriage licenses in the wake of June’s historic Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality because she objects to having her name appear on the documents for religious reasons.

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Same-Sex Couples Still Cannot Marry In Small Pockets Of The U.S.

I imagine there are many in addition to the one hitting headlines out of Kentucky. If you cannot follow the law, quit your job. We complain when common criminals are not following the law, but it’s okay for people who work for the government to refuse to follow the law.

This week, an employee at the Casey County Clerk’s Office in Kentucky said on the phone that officials are not issuing marriage licenses to anyone — not to same-sex couples or different-sex couples. Nobody at the office would explain the reasoning for the decision, she said, and hung up the phone. BuzzFeed News called back to ask why and get her name, but she hung up again.

A few miles south at the Clinton County Clerk’s Office, an employee hung up when asked if the county was issuing marriage licenses since the Supreme Court’s June ruling for marriage equality. Another call back, another hang up.

Farther east in the Bluegrass State, however, the elected clerk of Rowan County is perfectly clear about her reasoning and practices.

Kim Davis is doing battle with four couples and Gov. Steve Beshear in federal court, arguing in court documents this month that she has a religious objection to her name appearing on the marriage licenses of same-sex couples. So instead, Davis barred all six of her deputies at the Rowan County Clerk’s Office from issuing marriage licenses to anybody — even though at least one deputy clerk was willing.

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KY Clerk Says She ‘Prayed And Fasted’ Before Deciding To Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses

I’d say it’s about time for Miss Davis to retire if she’s unable to follow the law – for any reason. Why should these couples be inconvenienced by her religion? If she resigns and leaves it to her deputies as she said, why is there an assumption that they would have just as big an issue with it as she does?

A Kentucky county clerk says she “prayed and fasted” before ultimately deciding to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether in the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is facing a federal class action lawsuit brought against her by two gay couples and two straight couples after she refused to issue them marriage licenses, The Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Davis, who is reportedly a Apostolic Christian and attends church three times a week, testified July 20 in a Covington, Kentucky courtroom that she “sought God” as she contemplated her options for months ahead of the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling on marriage equality.

“It was something I had prayed and fasted over,” she said, according to The Lexington Herald-Leader. “It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision.” Issuing licenses under her name, she added, would violate her religious beliefs, even if a deputy clerk were to do so in her stead. “If I say they are authorized, I’m saying I agree with it, and I can’t.”

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