In a tense standoff caught on video (below), Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stood defiant before couple David Moore and David Ermold, refusing to grant the same-sex couple a marriage license. The situation ended with the clerk retreating back into her office and the couple exiting in tears.
Davis, a Rowan County clerk, has steadfastly refused issuing any marriage licenses in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges in June. Moore and Ermold, who have been in a committed relationship for 17 years, had their request for a marriage license rejected three times by Davis' office. They had filmed their rejections and put them online, sparking a public outcry.
In the video below, the couple demands to speak with Davis. Flocked by reporters, supporters of same-sex marriage and supporters of Davis herself, Moore and Ermold demand that the clerk explain her actions.
“Tell her to come out and face the people she’s discriminating against,” Ermold says in the video.
Emerging from her office, Davis confronts the couple, telling them that she was denying their license “under God’s authority.”
Amid cries from both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage, Ermold assures Davis that he and his partner would not leave until they were issued a license.
“Then you’re going to have a long day,” Davis replies.
CNN reports that Davis is an Apostolic Christian who feels that the Supreme Court’s ruling that she must grant same-sex couples marriage licenses violates her religious beliefs. While she is not the only Kentucky clerk to voice opposition the Supreme Court ruling, she is the only one to continually refuse licenses to same-sex couples.
Davis has appealed to the Supreme Court, her lawyers requesting that she be given “asylum for her conscience.” Her appeal has been rejected, leaving Davis unsanctioned in her disobedience of federal law. She could be found in contempt by a district judge and face fines or jail time.
At the end of the video, Ernold and Moore exit Davis’ office crying in each other’s arms.
“I feel sad, I feel devastated,” Ermold says. “I feel like I’ve been humiliated on such a national level, I can’t even comprehend it.”
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