County Clerk Sues Kentucky Governor For Being Forced To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Though many people celebrated when the Supreme Court ruled that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, wasn’t feeling the love.

Davis is suing Steve Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, for allegedly infringing on her religious freedom by requiring that she marry same-sex couples, Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

"The Commonwealth of Kentucky, acting through Governor Beshear, has deprived Davis of her religious-conscience rights guaranteed by the United States and Kentucky constitutions and laws, by insisting that Davis issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples contrary to her conscience, based on her sincerely held religious beliefs," Davis said in the suit.

Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses and four couples sued her last month, ABC News reported. The lawsuit against Beshear, which was filed by Liberty Counsel, a conservative law firm, claims the governor is liable for the suits against Davis.

Davis’ oath of office included the phrase "so help me God,” she claims she never thought she would have to “act in contradiction to the moral law of God.”

Terry Sebastian, Beshear's spokesman, said that the office was reviewing the lawsuit, "but it appears at first glance that she doesn't understand the interrelationship between the governor, the attorney general, the county clerks and the legislature."

"The attorney general is not required to appeal every case. The Kentucky Supreme Court held that he is statutorily vested with the discretion as to which cases to pursue," Sebastian said. "At the same time, the legislature has placed the duty to issue marriage licenses squarely on county clerks."

Sources: ABC News, Lexington Herald-Leader Image via Lexington Herald-Leader