Kentucky Clerk Kay Schwartz Won't Issue Gay Marriage Licenses (Video)

Whitley County, Kentucky, clerk Kay Schwartz will issue marriage licenses to straight couples, but not same-sex couples, even though gay marriage is the law of the law (video below).

Like Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, Schwartz is citing religious beliefs as to why she only issuing "bride and groom" licenses only, notes WYMT.

Schwartz would not appear on-camera with the news station, but explained her same-sex couple policy off-camera.

At a rally against gay marriage in July, Schwartz told the media:

I would love to see it banned, but like I said, they have their right to their belief. I have my right to my belief. So whatever they can do to take it away from my office, then so be it.

However, it's an issue of law, according to Heather L. Weaver, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, who said in a recent statement:

Ms. Schwartz's plan to discriminate against same-sex couples blatantly violates the law. As a County Clerk, she must issue marriage licenses to all couples on equal terms. We are closely monitoring the situation.

Casey County clerk Casey Davis told CNN in September that he was not going to issue same-sex marriage licenses because "there is a power above whatever man may put on paper, and I think that authority is of a Godly nature and nature itself."

Casey also cited the State of Kentucky's Constitution, which was overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in July, as having legal power above the high court.

However, that is not true per the U.S. Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution.

Sources: WYMT via WKYT, CNN / Photo Credit: WYMT Screenshot


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