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Kentucky jury fines gay couple for protesting in marriage office

Timothy Kincaid

November 26th, 2013

In January of this year, Rev. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard and Dominique James went down to the Jefferson County Clerk’s office (Kentucky) to request a marriage license. When they were denied, they refused to leave until such time as their civil rights were honored.

At the end of the day they were arrested for trespass.

Today a jury found them guilty and levied a fine. (Courier-Journal)

A Jefferson County jury Tuesday convicted a gay couple of trespassing for refusing to leave the county clerk’s office after they were denied a marriage license — fining them a penny for their crime.



Paul Douglas
November 26th, 2013 | LINK

If they don’t pay do they go to debtors prison?

November 26th, 2013 | LINK

The fine fits the crime!

November 27th, 2013 | LINK

Paul Douglas: the judged discharged the fine and waived court costs, in credit for the time they spent in jail after being arrested.

One of the commenters at the article suggested a penny drive to pay the fine.

December 6th, 2013 | LINK

The Jury didn’t want to fine them at all – they asked if they could find them guilty but not punish them, but the Judge said no.

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