Kentucky Clerk Denies Marriage License to Same-Sex Couple ... Again
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple for the third time
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple Thursday.
A deputy clerk in Davis’ office declined to issue a license to William Smith Jr. and James Yates. This was their third attempt to get a license, according to WKYT.
Davis’ refusal came a day after a federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling that ordered her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to the Associated Press. Citing her religious beliefs and constitutional right to religious freedom, she has said that she will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.
Almost two weeks ago Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses to both homosexual and heterosexual sexual couples.
According to ABC 7 News, on Saturday, the Rowan County Clerk spoke to thousands of supporters at a religious freedom rally and said, “I need your prayers … to continue to stand firm in what we believe.”
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Davis continued, “Regardless of what any man puts on a piece of paper, the law of nature is not going to change.”
U.S. District Judge David Bunning had ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses two weeks ago, but later delayed the ruling until Aug. 31 or until the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling. The appeals court did that on Wednesday, denying Davis’ appeal, but the Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver, who is representing Davis, told the AP that he believes the judge’s order is still delayed until Aug. 31.
Davis temporarily closed her office on Thursday after Smith and Yates were denied their marriage license.
“They just don’t like gay people, they don’t want us to get married,” Yates told the AP. “And they’d rather burn the earth and not let straight people in Rowan County get married either.”