The Problem With Religious Exemptions to Gay Rights

The compromise County Clerk Kim Davis seeks in Kentucky may be unconstitutional.

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The federal judge who released Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk, from jail wasn't following the usual protocol: He was trying to effect a compromise on gay marriage. Ordinarily, someone jailed for disobeying a direct judicial order wouldn’t be freed unless she agreed to comply with it. Davis didn’t.

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