Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Sep. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. 
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The top 5 most shared posts of 2015

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As 2015 draws to a close, we take a look back at the most shared posts from the year on MSNBC. From Sandra Bland’s tragic death to George Takei’s take down of Donald Trump, these are the stories that Facebook users shared with their friends in 2015. 

1. Kim Davis released from jail - 489,606 shares

On June 26 The Supreme Court ushered a landmark ruling that same-sex marriage is guaranteed by the Constitution. Shortly thereafter, footage went viral of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex marriage couples, disobeying a direct order from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.  Davis said she denied the marriage licenses because of her personal religious views. Davis was sued by six couples for her refusal and was briefly incarcerated. After her subsequent release, she was joined by conservative activists including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  

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‪#‎KimDavis‬ is freed from jail and walks on stage to "Eye of the Tiger" before breaking her silence.

2. President Obama serves Thanksgiving dinner at D.C. homeless center - 298,193 shares

Heartwarming footage of President Obama went viral as he was seen serving dinner at a homeless shelter in Washington D.C.

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President Barack Obama serves Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless center in Washington, D.C.

3.  George Takei responds to Donald J. Trump’s comments on Muslim immigration - 128,970 shares

Hollywood vet George Takei, best known as Sulu from the original Star Trek films, was an outspoken advocate for the immigration of Syrian refugees. Takei suffered through the Japanese internment camps put into place by the US during World War II, and warned of the dangers and heartbreak of repeating that black eye in American history.

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"What Donald Trump is talking about is something that is going to make his logo 'America Disgraced Again.'" - George Takei responds to Donald J. Trump's comments on Muslim immigration on MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts

4. Following her death from an apparent suicide, Sandra Bland’s asks the public to remember her sister’s activism protesting police brutality against minorities - 128,807 shares

On July 13, 2015 Sandra Bland was found hanged in a Texas jail cell after an apparent suicide. Bland spend the later years of her life as an outspoken civil rights advocate, protesting against the targeting of minorities by police. She made waves in January 2015 by posting videos about police brutality against blacks and was a prominent face in the Black Lives Matter movement. Bland’s life ended tragically after she was stopped by Prarie View, Texas police for failing to signal for a lane change. Police footage shows the ensuing interaction became heated, and Bland was removed from the car and arrested. Three days later she was found dead in her jail cell. 

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"Please keep tweeting, keep Facebooking, keep Instagramming ... keep hashtagging ‪#‎SayHerName‬, because the minute you forget her name, you forget her character and that she was a person."

5. President Obama addresses Syrian refugee crisis - 76,090 shares

One of the most divisive and polarizing political issues this year was how the United States would handle the Syrian refugee crisis. Several states balked at accepting the refugees, fleeing one of the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history, out of fear that it would jihadists to enter the US. President Obama made waves by condemning those who choose to reject the Syrian refugees as behaving in a way that is contrary to American values.

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President Obama has harsh words for governors that want to reject Syrian refugees

2015 Year in Review

The top 5 most shared posts of 2015

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