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Frederick News Post (Newspaper) - August 14, 2015, Frederick, MarylandFriday August 14, 2015 the Frederick news Post nation a3 across the nation from wire reports Colo. Court Baker who refused Gay wedding cake cant cite beliefs Denver a suburban Denver Baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same sex couple cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing them service because it would Lead to discrimination the Colorado court of appeals ruled thursday. The three judge panel said in a 66 Page ruling that Colo Radows anti discrimination Law does not prevent Baker Jack Phillips from believing what he wants but that if he wants his business open to the Public he is prohibited from picking and choosing customers based on their sexual orientation. The decision is the latest Victory for Gay couples who have won similar cases in other states. Gay rights supporters and religious Freedom advocates have passionately debated whether individuals can cite their beliefs As a basis for declining to participate in a same sex wedding ceremony. 1 teen dead 5 injured in late night Florida boat crash fort Lauderdale Fla. A Small boat carrying six teenagers on a late night River trip crashed into a Bridge Early thursday killing one and injuring the others inboard. Investigators were working to learn the cause of the one vessel crash. The 13 foot Boston whaler was not owned by anyone directly related to them but Florida fish and wildlife conservation commission spokeswoman Liz Barraco said the teens had permission to use the vessel. But officials did not say How the teens knew the owner. Barraco identified the teen who died As John m. Baker 17. Classmate Prince Hassan described him As a Good Fisherman and the nicest kid Ever. He said they were about to begin their senior year in High school. The teens had apparently set out on the Middle River in fort Lauderdale around 10 30 p. M. Wednesday officials said. Early thursday the Craft crashed into pilings under a Bridge on the South Fork of the River which runs through a residential neighbourhood in fort Lauderdale. Health Law sign ups keep growing uninsured rate declines Washington nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under president Barack of amass Law even after the official enrolment season ended helping push the share of uninsured americans below 10 percent and underscoring How hard it could be for republicans to dismantle the program. The health and human services department said thursday that 943,934 new customers have signed up since open enrolment ended on feb. 22, benefiting from special enrolment periods keyed to life changes and other circumstances. The steadily growing number of americans with coverage under the 5 year old Law could make it More difficult for republicans to repeal Obama care even if they win the White House and keep control of Congress in next years elections. Minneapolis inspectors seek cause of club ceiling collapse Minneapolis the general manager of the Minneapolis nightclub first Avenue expressed optimism about reopening soon even As building inspectors worked thursday to determine Why part of the ceiling collapsed during a show injuring three people. A 20 by 30 foot Section of the ceiling fell around 10 15 p. M. Wednesday during a concert by the Canadian band theory of a Deadman. Three people were treated at Hennepin county medical Center for injuries that were not life threatening. Thankfully it could have been a lot worse general manager Nathan Kranz said. By Claire Galofaro and Adam beam associated press Morehead by. A clerks office turned away Gay couples who sought marriage licenses on thursday defying a Federal judges order that said deeply held Christian beliefs dont excuse officials from following the Law. The fight in Rowan county began soon after the supreme court legalized Gay marriage nationwide in june. County clerk Kim Davis cited her religious beliefs and decided not to Issue marriage licenses to any couple Gay or straight. Five couples sued in Federal court and Legal experts likened the Case to the resistance some local officials in the South put up five decades ago after the supreme court legalized interracial marriage. I will say that people Are cruel they Are cruel these people Are cruel said a tearful David Ermold who was denied a License to marry his partner of 17 years. This is How Gay people Are treated in this country. This is what its like. This is How it feels. The clerks office rejected the couples bid for licenses just hours after u. S. District judge David l. Bunning ordered Davis to comply with the supreme courts ruling. Davis a snot at her office thursday but Deputy clerk Nathan Davis said the office was advised by its attorneys with the Christian Law firm Liberty counsel to continue refusing same sex couples As it appeals. Kim Davis is just an example of whats going to be happening not Only to other clerks but to other people who Are going to be confronted with this Issue and we think that this is a serious matter that needs to be decided by a higher court even the supreme court said Liberty counsel founder Mathew Staver. James Yates and William Smith jr., a couple for nearly a decade were the second pair turned away thursday. They were also turned away a month ago. They described a disconnect Between the clerks office and their experience in the Community of Morehead a College town they say has Long been open and accepting. They held hands As they walked into the clerks office and Gay rights activists shouted Good Luck from the Street holding signs Reading clerk not clergy and obey the Law. The couple joined the protesters after the office refused to give them a License. I still get frustrated sometimes but then i take a deep breath and go on. I know its going to get resolved. Its just a matter of when Yates said. In Kentucky county clerks Issue marriage licenses and someone else must solemnize the marriage. Then the License can be filed with the county clerk. Davis argued that issuing a same sex marriage License that contains her signature is the same As her approving the marriage which she said violates her Christian beliefs. Associated press David Ermold right attempts to hand Rowan county ky., clerks Nathan Davis left and Roberta Earley second from left a copy of the ruling from u. S. District court judge David Bunning instructing the county to Start issuing marriage licenses on thursday in Morehead by. County clerk Kim Davis has refused the order and has filed an Appeal. By. Clerks office refuses to Issue marriage License to Gay couple by Pat Eaton Robb associated press Hartford Conn. Connect cuts highest court on thursday ordered the states death Row emptied out ruling that the 2012 Law abolishing capital punishment for any future crimes must be applied to the 11 men facing execution for offences they committed before the measure took effect. In a sharply divided 4 3 ruling the court declared the death penalty violates the states Constitution no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose. This is a Strong decision and i think its going to be very helpful nationally said Michael Courtney who Heads the capital defense unit for connect cuts office of the Public defender. The United states supreme court May consider these very issues under the Federal Constitution in the fall. The courts ruling cited factors that have come up in other states to abolish the death penalty including racial and economic disparities in its use the costs involved with appeals the cruelty of the wait for execution and the risk of executing innocent people. They went at this from multiple angles in a Way that is going to provide ammunition for abolitionists across the country said David Mcguire an attorney with the american civil liberties Union of Connecticut. Opposition to the death penalty has been growing in the United states. Thirty one states still have capital punishment but several others have turned against it in recent years including Nebraska which voted for abolition in May and Maryland which abolished it in 2013. Robert Dunham executive director of the nonprofit death penalty information Center noted that the number of death sentences imposed last year marked a 40 year Low in the country. Conn. Court bars execution of 11 death Row inmates justices say 2012 Law abolishing capital punishment for future crimes did not go far enough by Jim Vertuno associated press Austin Texas the University of Texas will move a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis away from the Center of Campus but statues of other Confederate figures will remain school president Greg fences announced thursday. The Century old Davis statue had been targeted by vandals and had come under increasing criticism As a Symbol of racism. State government and businesses around the country have removed Confederate symbols after the mass shooting in june of Black Church members in Charleston South Carolina. Fences took Over As president of one of the nations largest universities in june and quickly appointed a Campus task Force to consider what to do with the Davis statue. Moving it to another part of Campus was one of the panels recommendations presented earlier this month. The statue of Davis who was president of the confederacy during the civil War will be placed in the schools Dolph Briscoe Center for american history As part of an educational display. That will place it next door to the Lyndon Baines Johnson presidential Library a figurative Monument to the civil rights act passed in 1964. The process of moving the statue will Start today. Once refurbished it should be on display in its new location by the end of 2017. Fences said statues of Confederate generals Robert e. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate postmaster general John h. Reagan will remain near the University yes Central clock Tower. Those men had deep ties to Texas. Robert e. Leeds complicated legacy to Texas and the nation should not be reduced to his role in the civil War fences said. While every historical figure leaves a mixed legacy i believe Jefferson Davis is in a separate category and that it is not in the University yes Best interest to continue commemorating him on our main mall. University of Texas moving Jefferson Davis statue other Confederate figures will stay at their place in campuses Center associated press file photo a statue of Jefferson Davis is shown in May on the University of Texas Campus in Austin

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