A county clerk in Kentucky still refuses to issue marriage licenses in protest of same-sex marriage. (x)
Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, continues to deny couples marriage licenses in protest of same-sex marriage. Davis’ request for a delay was denied by the Supreme Court. However, the clerk continued to refuse same-sex couples marriage licenses Tuesday, saying she was acting “under God’s authority.”
Two same-sex couples arrived shortly after 8 a.m. at the Rowan County Courthouse followed by journalists and protesters. David Ermold and David Moore, a couple who has previously attempted to receive a marriage license from Davis, once again confronted her and was denied. Davis claimed she was still refusing to issue marriage licenses to couples, gay or straight.
“Under whose authority?” Ermold asked.
“Under God’s authority,” Davis replied.
“Unfortunately, they were again denied by a deputy clerk who asserted that no marriage licenses would be issued,” the ACLU of Kentucky said in a statement. The lawyers said Davis “violated a definite and specific order” and the Court is left “with no choice but to hold her in contempt.”
Davis, who identifies as a Christian, says that same-sex marriage violates her religious beliefs. ” To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,” she said in a statement. “I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s word.”
Davis also said, despite receiving death threats, she wouldn’t resign. She could be impeached by the State Legislature, but it seems highly unlikely in such a conservative town. According to officials, she could be charged with official misconduct, a misdemeanor; a conviction possibly resulting in her being removed via court order.
Davis succeeded her mother, the county clerk for 37 years, taking office in January. She stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case in June. Probate judges in 11 Alabama counties and some other local officials also refuse to issue marriage licenses. However, most officials have changed their tune in light of the Supreme Court’s decision.
A hearing for Davis was called for 11 a.m. on Thursday in Ashland by a Kentucky judge.