County Clerk Kim Davis Defends Refusal to Issue Marriage Licenses

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County Clerk Kim Davis Defends Refusal to Issue Marriage Licenses – Insists She Shouldn’t Have to Quit Job.

Davis, who has been married four times herself, told Megyn Kelly that while she considered that her decision might land her in jail – which it did, for six days – she never saw resigning her elected position as an option. Dallas Black of Morehead, Kentucky called The Daily Beast after a fruitless search for the anti-gay marriage clerk said she had gay friends in an interview on Good Morning America.A federal judge on Wednesday denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis a stay of his order requiring her office to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples.Davis, who was jailed early this month for defying a federal judge’s order, was back before the judge seeking a postponement of his mandate that she license all couples while she appeals the order.

When Davis was released from jail earlier this month, US District Judge David Bunning ordered her to “not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly” with the issuance of marriage licenses. Davis claims that she asked for accommodations to be made in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s spring ruling on gay marriage when she originally accepted the position in January. Black said he’s known Davis his whole life—her first husband is even a distant cousin of his—but said he and Davis became close after she helped him with paperwork at the Rowan County clerk’s office after his mother’s died. It was the latest setback for the clerk, who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds and was previously jailed rather than issue licenses to gay couples.

At first, Davis appeared to comply — putting an end, it seemed, to the national drama over Davis’s refusal to let her county office issue any marriage licenses, as required by state and federal laws, due to her opposition to same-sex marriages. Davis, elected as a Democrat in rural Rowan County, sparked a fiery debate about religious freedom and the rule of law when she refused to issue any licenses after the US Supreme Court in June effectively legalized gay marriage. Black even had her home phone number. “Even after this all started, I went in a few days later and we spoke,” he said. “We talked about how each other were feeling, and how we’re gonna be friends even after all this.” “I really don’t know who Kim is at the moment.

According to a report filed by counsel for deputy clerk Brian Mason, when Davis went back to work, she confiscated all of the original forms for marriage licenses and altered them to remove any mention of the clerk’s office, instead noting that the licenses are being issued by a “Notary Public” and “Pursuant to Federal Court Order #15-CV-44 DLB.” The changes attempt to make it clear that Davis and her office have nothing to do with the licenses, and they’re instead being issued only as a result of a federal court order. I really want to believe that he kind, sweet person who was there when my mom passed away is still there,” he said. “I was friends with Kim in the past, but I don’t know this woman I’ve been seeing.” “I somewhat feel like she is taking this to an extreme, because she didn’t become a Christian until four years ago,” Black said of the “media fiasco” she created. This is the religious accommodation Davis always wanted: Her conflict is that Kentucky law requires her name and office to be on the licenses, which she sees as a tacit endorsement, on her part, of same-sex marriages. I’m just talking about marriage in general.” When Kelly challenges Davis, saying that ideas of who can and can’t marry vary by religion, the Kentucky resident holds steady and still defends her actions. “So you have millions of Christians who object this whole same-sex marriage issue.

Black said he tolerates Davis’s views—even members of his own family don’t support same-sex marriage—but turning the town into a “backwoods” laughingstock is really upsetting. Judge Bunning said Wednesday that without the clarification, he would have “left other eligible couples at the mercy of Davis’s ‘no marriages policy.’ ” He wrote, “Such an approach would not only create piecemeal litigation, it would be inconsistent with basic principles of justice and fairness.” Ms. As Georgetown Law professor Marty Lederman at the blog Balkinization wrote, the new licenses will likely stand up to legal scrutiny — especially after both Gov. The appeals court denied the request last week on the legal technicality that her lawyers did not first ask the district judge for a delay, as federal court rules require.

Davis’ legal team redirected the appeal to Bunning, who rejected it Tuesday. “This argument is unpersuasive because Davis has created her own risk of harm by violating a valid order issued by this court,” Bunning wrote, adding: “As for the public interest, the court simply notes that the public has an interest in the enforcement of valid court orders.” She made us feel like our home was invaded by strangers, and she made us strangers to it.” Black said the town has changed a lot since he came out in 2002 when he faced a “backlash.” Now a local bookshop is printing shirts that read, “Small town does not mean small-minded.” But if she came to him for support, Black says he would be there for her just like she was there for him in his time of need. “Morehead is like a big family, a big community,” he said.

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