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A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples that included her name. 

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Two Kentucky men who challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage say they’re amazed at the pace of change. Louisville residents Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon sued the state in 2013 because it wouldn’t recognize their marriage, which took place in Canada.

Ky. House Passes Bill to Create One Marriage License

Mar 25, 2016
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The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would create one marriage license form for both gay and straight couples in an effort to defuse controversy over the licensing of gay marriages. 

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Local ordinances that protect Kentuckians from sexual orientation-based discrimination by businesses would be rendered irrelevant by bill that passed a Senate committee Thursday.

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A bill that would protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual orientation is unlikely to be voted on this year, according to the bill’s sponsor. 

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Efforts to expand Kentucky’s Civil Rights Act are getting a boost from a Western Kentucky University legal scholar. History Professor Patti Minter is testifying Wednesday in Frankfort in support of a bill that would offer greater legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. 

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Three advocates for LGBT rights who were arrested last year at the state fair’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast & Auction have filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky State Police. 

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Some of Kentucky’s largest employers are joining the push for a statewide fairness law.

Updated 7 p.m. ET

Pope Francis had a private meeting in Washington, D.C., with a gay couple a day before he met with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who spent time in jail last month for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Yayo Grassi, Francis' longtime friend from Argentina, spoke about the meeting during an interview with CNN. Grassi says that he and his partner, Iwan Bagus, and several others met with the pontiff at the Vatican Embassy on Sept. 23.

Responding to a flood of interest in the surprise revelation that Pope Francis met with controversial county clerk Kim Davis, the Vatican says the event shouldn't be seen as an endorsement of all of Davis' views. Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County, Ky.

Davis was one of "several dozen" people the pope met at the end of his visit to Washington, D.C., the Vatican says.

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