By Alex Dobuzinskis and Philip Pullella
(Reuters) – A Kentucky county clerk who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples secretly met Pope Francis in a move that disappointed many liberal Catholics and encouraged officials who support her stance.
The meeting with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, and comments by the pope on Monday, may spur action by local officials across the United States who have refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
LOS ANGELES/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis secretly met a Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and gave her words of encouragement, her attorney said.
Mat Staver, attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel, told CBS News on Tuesday night that the pope met Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her husband at the Vatican embassy in Washington last Thursday during his visit to the United States.
LOS ANGELES/VATICAN CITY, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Pope Francis
secretly met a Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing
to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and gave her words of
encouragement, her attorney said.
Mat Staver, attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel,
told CBS News on Tuesday night that the pope met Rowan County
Clerk Kim Davis and her husband at the Vatican embassy in
Washington last Thursday during his visit to the United States.
(Reuters) – Planned Parenthood sued Utah’s governor on Monday for directing state agencies to discontinue their contracts with the women’s healthcare provider after an anti-abortion group released secretly recorded videos that caused a political firestorm.
The lawsuit by the Utah chapter of Planned Parenthood against Republican Governor Gary Herbert followed similar suits the organization has filed to challenge its defunding in Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana.
(Reuters) – A Baltimore police officer charged with manslaughter over the death of black man Freddie Gray told another officer the man in their custody appeared to need medical assistance but none was provided at the time, the Baltimore Sun reported on Saturday.
Six Baltimore police officers were charged in connection with the death of Gray in April from a spinal injury, which sparked protests and rioting in the city and fueled a debate on police treatment of minorities in the United States.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hundreds of mentally disabled immigrants ordered deported after having to represent themselves in court will get a chance to contest their expulsion with help from an attorney under a settlement approved on Friday, a civil liberties group said.
A federal judge in Los Angeles, Dolly Gee, signed off on the settlement, which stems from a class-action lawsuit brought against the U.S. government in 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a statement.
Sept 25 (Reuters) – California regulators on Friday
recommended approval of a plan by SeaWorld San Diego to build
larger tanks for its killer whales despite strong opposition
from tens of thousands of people who want to see the killer
whales released instead.
Experts with the California Coastal Commission issued a
report in favor of allowing SeaWorld to go ahead with its
so-called Blue World Project on several conditions, officials
LOS ANGELES, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Police in Southern
California have arrested a high school student who was caught on
video appearing to strike a visually impaired classmate, before
he himself was punched to the ground by another student,
The video of Wednesday’s incident at Huntington Beach High
School was widely viewed on social media, with many commenters
praising the student who stepped in to defend the visually
(Reuters) – Paranormal investigators Mark and Debra Constantino, who appeared on television series “Ghost Adventures,” were found shot to death in an apartment after a standoff with police in Nevada, authorities said on Thursday.
Police in Sparks, an eastern suburb of Reno, said officers did not open fire when they entered the apartment on Tuesday after conducting hostage negotiations with Mark Constantino.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles County sheriff, who oversees the largest jail system in the United States, has said he will allow immigration agents back into his detention facilities to potentially deport unauthorized immigrants who might pose a danger to the public.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell outlined his approach in a letter sent on Tuesday to the county’s Board of Supervisors, which in May voted to end a controversial agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that for a decade had let ICE agents operate out of at least one office in the jail system.