Yeah, But No: On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must resume issuing marriage licenses to all couples, reports Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today,
From The Wall Street Journal:
“It cannot be defensibly argued that the holder of the Rowan County clerk’s office, apart from who personally occupies that office, may decline to act in conformity with the United States Constitution as interpreted by a dispositive holding of the United States Supreme Court,” judges Damon J. Keith, John M. Rogers and Bernice B. Donald wrote for the court. “There is thus little or no likelihood that the clerk in her official capacity will prevail on appeal.”
You may recall we talked about Davis back in July; she was one of a handful of county clerks around the country having some difficulty with the Supreme Court’s ruling that all citizens, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, had the right to marry. Davis refused to issue licenses for same-sex couples, citing her religious beliefs. Further, she stopped issuing licenses at all.
Couples sued her. She appealed. And then there was the decision that came Wednesday that she has to, you know, do the job for which she’s paid to do.
Only on Thursday, when William Smith, Jr. and his partner, James Yates came in for a marriage license, Davis and her staff still weren’t issuing, says ABC News, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and CBS News. The couple came down after hearing the court’s decision, but were turned away for the third time.
Says William Sharp, legal director of the ACLU of Kentucky:
“Religious liberty certainly does not allow public officials to deny government services to the public based on their personal beliefs. All that Davis is required to do in her official capacity as clerk is issue a form. In no way is she being forced to endorse anyone’s marriage or beliefs.”
Yet here we are.
And really, there are only a handful of ways this can play out: Davis can resign — which she says she won’t do; she can start doing her job and issue the licenses — which she also says she won’t do; she could be impeached — which is unlikely; or she can be fined and/or do some time in jail.
Unfair: Speaking of jail time, Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman was arrested Thursday, along with Carla Wallace and Sonja Devries. The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle and The San Francisco Chronicle picked up the AP’s story.
The trio were part of a Fairness Campaign protest held outside Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Country Ham Breakfast and Auction in response to KFB’s positions on gay rights. Hartman was arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse; the others for failure to disperse. Which I take to mean that Hartman was just louder than the other two. Either way.
If you’re curious, the winning bid on the grand champion ham was $400,000.
Altered State: Football season is around the corner, my friends, and that means your University of Louisville fighting football Cardinals are about to take to the field once more.
And when they do, CBS Sports says it will be with a brand new look. For the opener against Auburn on Sept. 5, they’re going to be wearing this crazy ass bit of I don’t want to know, the “Uncaged Cardinal.”
That is what some would call busy.
So that’s their alternate. Only according to CBS Sports, there’s an alternate to the alternate, debuting against Clemson on Sept. 17. These are all black, as you can see.
No word as of yet as to when or if they’ll actually wear their original uniforms this year.
Dynamic Duo: A few weeks back, we found your girl, Jennifer Lawrence, on vacation with “Trainwreck” star Amy Schumer. Turns out, the two are teaming up, co-writing a new project, says USA Today, Forbes, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, Glamour, TIME and ABC News.
Lawrence broke the story herself to The New York Times.
“We play sisters,” Ms. Lawrence said. “We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us. We’ve got about 100 pages right now.”
She continued, “Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing ‘Trainwreck.’”
The loathed E! offers “10 Sister Storylines That We Want to See in Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer’s Movie” in which they just list off references to other movies with sisters in them. That article was written by Seija Rankin, whom I presume was compensated in some way.
When Lawrence and Schumer vacationed, I thought people seemed a little, I don’t know, over-invested in a relationship they’d likely never experience firsthand. And then with this, the headlines are:
“Rejoice! Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are collaborating.”
“Try Not to Freak Out But Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence Are Writing a Screenplay.”
That one’s from TIME.
“Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Are Making the Goofy, Cool-Girl Movie of Your Dreams.”
“Amy Schumer And Jennifer Lawrence To Play Sisters In Best Movie Ever.”
No hyperbole there.
See you next week.