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Is Kim Davis a Modern Day Rosa Parks?

Posted September 8th, 2015 at 1:42 pm (UTC-4)
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When a county clerk in Kentucky refused to process marriage licenses to gay couples, citing her religious beliefs, some supporters compared her to civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Others said she should quit her elected position if she could not uphold U.S. law. Kim Davis spent the weekend in jail after her petition to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied. Is this battle that pits religious beliefs with civil law the same as the fight to desegregate a racially divided nation? Opinions are mixed.

Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage Marks Profound Cultural Shift

Posted June 29th, 2015 at 1:22 pm (UTC-4)
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Last week’s landmark 5 to 4 decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage is a watershed moment. To supporters, it was the culmination of decades of court petitions and a non-stop activist movement. Opponents largely blasted the justices for imposing their judicial will inappropriately, and trampling on states rights. Either way, gay marriage now has the blessing of the highest court in the land.