A small number of Kentucky clerks have refused to issue marriage licenses because of their opposition to same-sex marriage based upon their Christian beliefs. One of the holdouts, Casey County Clerk Casey Davis, recently said that he was willing to die for the right not to issue gay marriage licenses (video below).
Casey made his comments on Monday during a phone interview with “The Tom Roten Morning Show," a radio program based in West Virginia, reports RightWingWatch.org.
I think that’s a travesty to think that just because [Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky] don’t see it this way or his opinion is to let same-sex marriage go and it’s all right that us as Christians, we as Christians, just don’t have rights anymore? That’s wrong sir. I mean, that’s not right.
Casey said that he was not related to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, whose legal case against issuing same-sex marriages took a blow today from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which refused to uphold a Kentucky court's ruling that Kim could stop issuing licenses during her legal battle, notes The Courier-Journal.
Later in his interview, Casey added:
It’s a war on Christianity. And if there was ever a time that we can all be of one mind and one accord, it's now. Because, surely we can agree by the blood of Christ that there is a travesty taking place with that Supreme Court ruling was completely unconstitutional, completely unconstitutional.
They had no right to tell us, the state of Kentucky, that our law that was voted with what was 70 percent of the people, that it was wrong, they had no right.
Casey went on to quote the Kentucky state constitution, but the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution grants the U.S. Supreme Court the authority to force states to obey its rulings.
Davis also claimed that U.S. soldiers died for the freedom to deny gay people marriage licenses, which he was also prepared to do so that children will enjoy the same right:
Our law says "one man and one woman" and that is what I held my hand up and took an oath to and that is what I expected.
If it takes it, I will go to jail over, if it takes my life, I will die for, because I believe I owe that to the people that fought so I can have the freedom that I have.
I owe that to them today, and you do, we all do. They fought and died so we could have this freedom and I’m going to fight and die so my kids and your kids can keep it.