Deputies Issue ‘Same-Sex Marriage’ License Under Threat of Jail
(AOL) – A gay couple emerged from a Kentucky county clerk’s office with a marriage license in hand Friday morning, embracing and crying as the defiant clerk who runs the office remained jailed for her refusal to issue the licenses because she opposed same-sex marriage.
William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first to receive a marriage license Friday morning in Rowan County. Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license, congratulating the couple and shaking their hands as he smiled. After they paid the license fee of $35.50, James Yates rushed across the steps of the courthouse to hug his mom as both cried.
“This means at least for this area that civil rights are civil rights and they are not subject to belief,” said Yates, who had been denied a license five times previously. He said he and Smith were optimistic they would get a license when they arrived, in part because the deputy clerk, Mason, had always been respectful when they came previously.
A crowd of supporters cheered outside as the couple left, while a street preacher rained down words of condemnation. Yates and Smith said they are trying to choose between two wedding dates and plan a small ceremony at the home of Yates’ parents...(MORE)
Trump Blasts Hugh Hewitt as “Third-Rate Radio Announcer” After Islamist “Gotcha” Question
Presidential hopeful hits Hugh on ‘gotcha’ questions
(Politico) – Donald Trump tore into radio host Hugh Hewitt as a “third-rate radio announcer” on Friday after the Republican presidential candidate struggled to answer a question about the leaders of major terrorist groups the previous day.
The move followed a familiar script for the real estate mogul who has unexpectedly soared to the top of the Republican presidential polls: When backed into a corner, go on the attack and change the headlines.
Responding to a question about his views on the Iran deal and the country’s elite Quds Force from The Washington Post’s David Ignatius on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Trump took the opportunity to take a shot at the California-based radio personality who will, incidentally, be asking questions at the next GOP debate on Sept. 16.
“And by the way, when you say Quds vs. Kurds, I thought he said Kurds, this third-rate radio announcer that I did the show [for]. It was like ‘gotcha, gotcha.’ Every question was, do I know this one and that one. You know, he worked hard on that. I thought he said Kurds,” Trump said. “By the way, I do think the Kurds, while we’re on it, I do think the Kurds are not being utilized properly and not being treated properly by us.”...(MORE)
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