Kentucky Court Clerk Must Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples, District Judge Rules

| by Ethan Brown

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk in Kentucky, used her religious beliefs to deny a marriage license to a same-sex couple. A new court ruling sides with the couple.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on June 26 to rule gay marriage bans unconstitutional, Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight, WKYT News reported. Since then, five couples have sued her and U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered her to follow the law of the land.

Davis’ co-workers said she was on vacation and was not present at the time when David Moore and David Ermold, a same-sex couple, went to the clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license. It was Davis’ son, deputy clerk Nathan Davis, who reportedly sent Ermold and Moore away without any paperwork affirming their marriage.

The Davis family is being represented by Liberty Counsel, a Christian law firm that fights for religious liberties and protections. The firm has advised both of its clients to not issue any marriage license to same-sex couples because “once you cross that line you can’t go back,” a representative told WKYT.

After going to Rowan County Judge Executive Walter Blevins, the couple still did not receive a license. Blevins stated he did not have the paperwork to issue a license and the case would have to be decided by the courts. After the second denial, Ermold and Moore were interviewed by local news reporters.

“These people are cruel and this is wrong,” Ermold said. “That’s the bottom line. She’s wrong and these people are cruel to do this and that’s how I feel.”

Davis’ attorney, Roger Gannam, spoke on her behalf after Bunning’s ruling on Aug. 11.

“Kim Davis is resolute in vindicating her rights,” he said. “Fundamentally, we disagree with this order because the government should never be able to compel a person to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Sources: WKYT, Kentucky.com / Photo credit: NH.gov