Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kentucky Clerk Against Same-Sex Marriage: ‘I Hope They Don’t Sue Me’

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, county clerks across the country with religious objections have found themselves at the forefront of a political battle.

Some of the most outspoken against enforcing the ruling have been clerks in Kentucky, including the one for Casey County. That would be the aptly named Casey Davis, 42, a Republican based in the county seat of Liberty. Casey County, in central Kentucky, has a population of about 16,000.

In a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times shortly before he closed his office Thursday ahead of the July 4 holiday, Davis explained his opposition to same-sex marriage and offered a possible solution that would recognize religious rights while still providing licenses.…

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Woman Who Took Down Confederate Flag: ‘We Want An End To The Hate’

Bree Newsome, the activist who made headlines around the world last Saturday when she took down the Confederate flag on the South Carolina state Capitol grounds, is now taking to the media to spread the deeper message behind her actions.

“I felt very strongly we needed that moment,” Newsome said during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, which aired Thursday. “We needed that moment to say ‘enough is enough.’ We want an end to the hate.”

After she removed the flag, the State House staff put a new one up — but Newsome still believes she accomplished her goal.…

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Train Carrying Toxic Chemicals Derails, Catches Fire In Tennessee

By AFP

Washington — A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Tennessee and caught fire, prompting a large-scale evacuation, firefighters said Thursday.

The train derailed near Maryville, close to the city of Knoxville, carrying acrylonitrile, a flammable, toxic compound that poses respiratory risks, firefighter Kermit Easterling said.

Some 5,000 residents are being evacuated, and firefighters are going door to door wearing breathing equipment to get people away from the fire, he said.

Firefighters are not battling the flames because of the dangers of acrylonitrile, and hazmat — hazardous material — teams have been called in to access the situation.

The train, which is also carrying containers of liquid petroleum gas, derailed just before midnight Wednesday, Easterling said.…

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