Couple who sued Kentucky clerk Kim Davis marry

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

First couple rejected by Kentucky clerk Kim Davis exchange vows in public ceremony.

The couple, the first denied a license by Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, celebrated their wedding Saturday, capping a months-long saga that landed them in the middle of a national firestorm over religious freedom and civil rights.

The couple slow-danced to Chicago’s emotional “Will You Still Love Me?” after exchanging vows before their disabled daughter, who is mentioned in a complaint against Davis filed on July 1, highlighting the couple as loving parents, at the Pines at Sheltowee in Morehead. When the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage across the nation in June, Davis cited “God’s authority” and stopped issuing marriage licenses. The couple of 11 years, Miller and Roberts, invited 125 friends, family and LGBT activists they had hoped would witness their nuptials during a private affair rushed in September with a license snagged during Davis’ jailhouse stint. Davis refused to comply with court orders, citing her conservative religious beliefs and oath under “God’s authority” as an Apostolic Christian. She took on representation by the Liberty Counsel, whose attorneys have been accused of exaggerated details of a meeting with Pope Francis during his visit to the United States.

They’ve created an outreach program for transgendered youth and are starting an initiative to distribute stickers to gay-friendly local businesses. “It’s really affirming to see their love validated,” said Michael Aldridge, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, one of those present. The ACLU had sued Davis on behalf of the couples originally denied their wedding licenses. “It’s been an amazing journey and we’d like to thank all the people who stood with us from June 30 to today,” Miller announced Saturday. “This is your party too.” Though they got what they wanted, the couple acknowledges their legal battle is far from over.

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