Bias still big issue for more than gays
Currently, the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Chapter 344 of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act do not include "sexual orientation or gender identity" as protected classes.
Therefore, any discrimination claims filed by LGBT individuals or their families will require the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights to review and investigate.
The civil rights of the existing protected classes are extremely vulnerable and must be protected against state-sponsored discrimination. Simply stated, the nine Supreme Court justices do not understand how discrimination claims are handled at the state level.
Also they are uninformed about the disparate impact that state-sponsored discrimination is having on existing protected classes and have created a situation that members of the Kentucky General Assembly will have to address in the 2016 legislative session.
While the Office of the Attorney General recognizes that discrimination affects all Kentucky citizens, in a 2012 letter the AG's office stated the attorney general has no legal authority over other state agencies.
Therefore it is the civic duty of all Kentucky citizens to contact state legislators and request that immediate action be taken to ensure that "justice for all" does not become "justice for those chosen by the state."
I read with interest that several county clerks in Kentucky are refusing to administer marriage licenses to same-sex couples out of a religious objection.
It seems to me that the job of county clerks is to administer the laws and regulations of their state and municipality.
If a person's religion does not allow him to fulfill his obligations as county clerk, that person should resign. In no way should that person be allowed to lord his religion or religious beliefs over others.
A marriage license issued by the state is a matter of civil law, not religion.
If county clerks feel that they cannot administer the law, they should get out of the way and make way for individuals who can act in compliance with the laws.
Should they fail to do so and continue to refuse to administer the law, those individuals should be forced from office.
Stop the whining
Conservatives and the religious right are whining babies.
They bellow about following "the rule of law" until it comes down against them.
Then they're rabidly ready to rip asunder our legitimate branches of the government and twist our Constitution into some tortured monstrosity to fit their personal political agenda.
Sorry, if Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is incapable of doing the minimal requirements of her job, such as issuing marriage licenses to all who qualify, then she should be fired or resign.
Her religious beliefs do not give her the right to dictate the terms and conditions of her employment. The position has a job description. Perform it or take a hike.
Charles Edward Pogue
No forced religious views
I read about several county clerks throughout the state who object to marrying gay couples and therefore will not marry anyone.
Evidently these clerks feel that they only work for some of the people represented by our state government.
What is the difference between what they want to do and a Muslim who wants to make Sharia law the law of the land?
Error in headline
The headline "CDC: More than 1 in 8 Americans has HIV" in the June 26 Health section appears to be seriously in error and significantly misrepresents the extent of HIV.
If 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV as stated by the Centers for Disease Control, then with a U.S. population of about 318 million, only 1 in 266 Americans is living with HIV, not 1 in 8. Simple math indicates that the headline should have been that 1 in 8 Americans with HIV does not know they have it.
Please proof headlines carefully so this kind of miscommunication does not happen.
It was typical of Tom Eblen, and the Herald-Leader in general, to become morally puffed up with the recent Supreme Court decision redefining marriage.
Eblen's reference to Martin L. King Jr. though was outrageous. Nowhere did this great preacher endorse homosexuality in speech or paper.
And it takes no great courage or intellect to jump on a gay-pride juggernaut or bash Christians for not being "with the times."
Liberals and socialists determined to destroy the very moral fabric of society do so with a pseudo-intellectual arrogance that ignores the Bible and thousands of years of tradition.
What takes courage, and few will have it, is to speak out against knee-jerk outrage over the Confederate flag.
What takes courage is to stand for traditional marriage against the onslaught of media support on all sides and weak-kneed politicians cowering to the "movement."
Jonathan David Mackey
The depravity, narcissism and barbarity that make up the cesspool of the 21st century zeitgeist has breached its dam.
Who below can survive the deluge?