- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015
Standoff over gay marriage licenses wears on, despite ruling

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

The United States Supreme Court, which two months ago legalized gay marriage across the nation, will now be asked to consider whether Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis can continue to deny marriage licenses until her appeal is complete, a process that could drag out for several more months.

“It’s getting tedious. We get torn down, built back up, torn down, built back up,” said David Ermold. He and his partner, David Moore, have been rejected by Davis’ office twice. “It’s emotionally draining that this keeps happening over and over.”

Days after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, Davis announced that her religious convictions prevented her from sanctioning a gay marriage. She refused to issue licenses to any couple, gay or straight.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued her last month on behalf of four couples. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses two weeks ago. He later delayed that ruling until Aug. 31 or until the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling. The appeals court did so on Wednesday, denying Davis’ appeal.

But a deputy clerk in Davis’ office on Thursday told William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, the office believes Bunning’s delay remains in effect until Aug. 31. He refused to give his name or give them a license.


Kentucky Board of Education releases candidate names

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Board of Education has announced the names of the five people being considered to succeed Terry Holliday as state education commissioner.

One of the five is currently working in Kentucky. He is Buddy Berry, who is in his sixth year as superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools. He’s also been a high school math teacher, guidance counselor and football coach.

The other candidates are Kathleen M. Airhart, who is deputy commissioner and chief operating officer for the Tennessee Department of Education; Christopher A. Koch (COOK’), the interim president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and former Illinois state education superintendent; Lloyd D. Martin, CEO of Universal School Solutions, a consultancy firm in Jacksonville, Florida; and Stephen L. Pruitt, senior vice president of Achieve Inc., an education reform organization.

Second interviews are Friday and Saturday in Lexington.


Northern Kentucky student charged after gun spotted

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - A Northern Kentucky University spokeswoman says a student has been charged after she was seen with a gun in the school library.

The spokeswoman says the student didn’t brandish the weapon, which was determined to be inoperable.

Spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen (NAY’-geh-ly-sehn) says another student reported the situation at about 9:45 a.m. EDT Thursday. Nageleisen says university police arrived within one minute of receiving the call.

Nageleisen says some students were evacuated from the library briefly but that there was never an immediate danger. She says no alert was issued because of the rapid police response.

Nageleisen said the student was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon without a license and lodged at the Campbell County jail. She said the student’s name isn’t being released, in keeping with university policy.


Air Force: 2 special ops troops killed in Afghan attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says the two Americans killed in Afghanistan in an apparent insider attack by Afghan soldiers were Air Force special operations troops.

They are identified as 27-year-old Capt. Matthew D. Roland of Lexington, Kentucky, and 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley of Pensacola, Florida.

Roland was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron based at Hurlburt Field, Florida, and Sibley was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron based at Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina.

Hurlburt Field is home to the Air Force Special Operations Command.

The attack was carried out Wednesday at a military base in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province. Early reports said three other Americans were wounded.

The attackers were wounded in an exchange of gunfire but survived.

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