News You Should Know July 10

BTL Staff

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies to act as if no gay marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order. The memo from the governor's chief counsel tells executive branch agencies to execute their functions as though the June 25 court order had not been issued. A federal judge in Indianapolis struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional that day, leading to hundreds of same-sex marriages around the state. But an appeals court stayed that ruling three days later after an appeal from the state attorney general's office. The governor's office told agencies to recognize the out-of-state marriage of Amy Sandler and Nikole Quasney of Munster, in line with the appellate court order. Quasney is dying of ovarian cancer.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A conservative Christian law group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down New Hampshire's 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics. Alliance Defending Freedom announced Tuesday that it filed the suit on behalf of several abortion opponents. The suit says the buffer zone signed into law this year violates the free speech rights of abortion protesters. ADF filed the Massachusetts lawsuit that led to last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down that state's buffer zone. The lawsuit filed Monday says the law unfairly allows clinic escorts, but not protesters, to talk to women within the buffer zone. Abortion rights supporters say the buffers are needed to protect women and clinic workers from harassment. William Hinkle, Gov. Maggie Hassan's spokesman, says the governor believes the law is narrower than the Massachusetts law and will survive a court test.

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is promising to hold bishops accountable for the protection of minors. The pledge came as the pope celebrated a Mass with six victims of clergy sex abuse, and begged for their forgiveness. In his homily, the pope didn't spell out just how he would hold bishops accountable - and whether that would include firing bishops and other church leaders who systematically moved pedophile priests from parish to parish to avoid bringing shame upon the Catholic Church. One of the six people who met with Francis Tuesday - Marie Kane of Ireland - says she asked him to remove an Irish cardinal, Sean Brady, from his post because of how he handled allegations of abuse. The Irish Times quotes her as saying she told the pontiff a "cover-up is still happening, and you have the power to make these changes." She says he replied that it's difficult to make the changes. Other abuse survivors who weren't at the meeting were critical, with one calling the meeting "a PR event."

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Same-sex marriage advocates plan to deliver a petition with thousands of signatures to the Utah governor's mansion in Salt Lake City on Wednesday to push for recognition of gay couples. A group called Utah Unites For Marriage says the petition is directed at Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans. The group is asking Utah officials to abandon a legal fight defending the state's same-sex marriage ban. A federal appeals court in June ruled the ban is unconstitutional. State officials say have said they intend to appeal the ruling but have not yet done so. Herbert will be not in town to receive the petitions Wednesday. His official schedule shows he will be traveling to Tennessee for a meeting of the National Governors Association.

HOLLYWOOD - Laverene Cox has become the first trans actress to be nominated for an Emmy. Not just one Emmy, but 12 nominations for her work as Sophia, on the hit show Orange is the New Black, produced by Netflix. Nominations were announced the morning of July 10. Her competitions will be two Orange is the New Black stars and big names like Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy. See the full list of Emmy nominations here. Read more here.


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