Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, disagrees with the settled law of the land and is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex Kentucky couples in violation of a federal court order. As an elected county officer, whose role is ministerial and not judicial, Davis’ acts of civil disobedience are in direct contravention of the laws that she has been elected to uphold. Despite her belief that it is unconstitutional and against her religious values for same-sex couples to marry, by refusing to issue marriage licenses, Davis is interpreting the law and acting on her own accord, which will cause a ripple effect and stir opponents of gay marriage everywhere to do the same.
On July 24, 2013, Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in direct contravention to the Pennsylvania 1996 law that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. By the time he was ordered to cease and desist by a Commonwealth Court, Hanes had issued 174 marriage licenses. Hanes’ actions were seemingly similar yet massively different from Davis’ actions as it relates to rule of law. When a state judge ordered Hanes to stop issuing licenses, Hanes appealed, but followed the ruling. He worked within the legal system in an effort to change it; Davis on the other hand refused to follow U.S. District Judge David Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky’s order and was jailed as a result.
LGBT attorney Angela Giampolo and Jack Burkman debate over allowing gay boy scout leaders and homosexuality as a ‘choice’ on NewsMaxTV’s Round Table with John Bachman and Miranda Khan.
Last week, a Philadelphia judge denied the dissolution of an out-of-state civil union between two women who have been separated for more than a decade, dashing the pair’s hopes that Pennsylvania’s legalization of same-sex marriage last year would pave the way for their divorce. It’s issues like those that have family law lawyers warning against just any attorney claiming expertise in the area of LGBT legal affairs.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reveals the pink elephant in the room – with gay marriage comes gay divorce. While divorce in the LGBT community isn’t new, legally the landscape has changed. Lawyers like myself and Dan Clifford have long shown that simply marketing to the LGBT community doesn’t buy their trust! Take a look at this great article!
Larry Conners of KTRS in St. Louis and I battle over the phrase “separation between church and state”! Two weeks following marriage equality, the uproar of religious backlash against the gay community has come full force and the only solution is to find a balance between everyone’s constitutional rights OR more litigation.
LGBT attorney and Radio Host Chris Oaks discuss the recent SCOTUS decision and how not too long ago, the fight to be married could stretch across states.
LGBT attorney Angela Giampolo and Radio Host Jimmy Barrett discuss the recent supreme court decision.
LGBT attorney, Angela Giampolo and talk show radio host Brian Joyce discuss a recent event where a hardware store owner placed a “NO GAYS ALLOWED” sign in his window and how we are entering an era reminiscent of pre-1964.