Clerk Defies Ruling Nixing Religious Objections

courtroom, gavel
courtroom, gavel

Kentucky: The latest state to make it in the public eye. People were weeping and saying how cruel a clerk’s office was for turning away gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses. Reason cited: As a Christian, County Clerk Kim Davis could not morally give out those licenses. Hours earlier, a judge had ordered her to comply with the new law, saying that Christian beliefs do not excuse a person from disobeying a law.

The conundrum…Since the SCOTUS ruling, Miss Davis decided not to issue ANY marriage licenses, whether to gay or straight couples, citing religious objections. Five couples sued in federal court.  Miss Davis plans to appeal. The Christian law firm Liberty Counsel advised the office to continue refusing same-sex couples as it appeals.

In Kentucky, county clerks issue marriage licenses, and someone else must “solemnize” the marriage. Then the license can be filed with the county clerk. Another interesting note…Miss Davis was elected last year as a Democrat to take over her mother’s role. In court, Davis argued that issuing a same-sex marriage license that contains her signature is the same as her approving the marriage, which she said violates her Christian beliefs.

Judge Bunning said in his ruling Wednesday that Davis has likely violated the U.S. Constitution’s ban on the government establishing a religion by “openly adopting a policy that promotes her own religious convictions at the expenses of others.”

“Davis remains free to practice her Apostolic Christian beliefs. She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible Study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County Jail. She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do,” Bunning wrote. “However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk.”

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has told the clerk to issue licenses or resign. And the saga continues…

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