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04/19/2007


Gay KY Couple Who Protested Marriage License Denial Convicted of Trespassing, Fined 1 Cent: VIDEO

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Back in January, we reported on openly gay Louisville Baptist Minister The Rev. Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard and his partner of 9 years, Dominque James who were arrested after a peaceful "pray-in" at a county clerk's office following their denial of a marriage license. Earlier this week, the two were convicted in criminal court but received a very unusual fine for the offense. The Courier-Journal reports:

After three hours of testimony in which their lawyers hailed them for their civil disobedience, while the prosecution urged jurors to stick to the facts, Blanchard and James were convicted Tuesday of trespassing - but fined only a penny.

Blanchard called the penalty a vindication of their protest in support of same-sex marriage.

"It shows they understood what we were doing," he said after jurors returned their verdict following 90 minutes of deliberations. 

James' lawyer, Annie O'Connell, said the fine may have been the smallest ever imposed in a criminal trial in Kentucky.

Blanchard's counsel, Ted Shouse, said in court that he had never tried a case in which the maximum penalty - $250 - "was so low and the stakes were so high."

The paper reports that the jury sent a note to the judge asking if they could convict the defendants and impose no fine, but were notified that they had to fine the defendants something. 

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Gay Adult Film Actor Donny Wright Arrested for Drunken 'Mischief' at Louisville Firehouse

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Louisville Police arrested a man who broke into Metro Fire House and was found getting busy on the firefighters' gear, WHAS reports:

Metro Firefighters say they heard glass shattering on one of their bay doors and when they went to investigate, they found 27-year-old Nicholas Gonzales masturbting on gear he removed from lockers.

Firefighters were able to detain the intoxicated Gonzales until police arrived. When asked why he broke in the firehouse, Gonzales said “because he wanted to.”

Gonzales is aka gay adult film actor Donny Wright. He was charged with burglary, public intoxication and criminal mischief.

(via gawker)


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Gay Louisville Pastor and His Partner of 9 Years Arrested After Demanding Marriage License: VIDEO

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Openly gay Louisville Baptist Minister The Rev. Bojangles Blanchard and his partner of 9 years, Domique James, were arrested yesterday after a peaceful "pray-in" at City Hall, where they requested and were denied a marriage license.

2_blanchardThe couple then refused to leave. They were taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass.

Said Blanchard to WDRB: "President Obama obviously supports this. There's other people in our state and city and country who support it. But, we need regular folk to stand up and be heard and let their faces be seen and their words be read, so that people know that this is not alright,"

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White Supremacist Loon Protests Kentucky Gay Pride Parade: VIDEO

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John King of SaveWhitePeople.com made sure there was at least one complete loon protesting the Kentuckiana Gay Pride Parade in Louisville last week.

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Louisville Church Curbs Marriage Licenses Until Gays Can Marry

Louisville's Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) voted unanimously on Sunday to stop signing marriage licenses until gay couples can marry as well:

Louisville "As an Open and Affirming Community of Faith (a designation signifying DBCC's commitment to full acceptance of all people, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation), our membership is committed to treating homosexuals and heterosexuals equally. Our congregation believes it is unfair to provide different services and benefits to heterosexual couples than we can provide to gay and lesbian couples," said associate minister Rev. Ryan Kemp-Pappan.

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