Kentucky clerk who denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples appeals to US …

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After appeal fails, clerk again denies gays a license.

That’s because since June 26, when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay “marriage”, Davis now must also issue licenses to same-sex couples.

— James Yates and William Smith Jr., a couple of nearly 10 years, left the Rowan County Courthouse on Thursday frustrated and angry after clerks refused them a marriage license for a third time in recent weeks. “It’s just making us want to press more,” Yates said. “[Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis] can’t get away with this because it will open the door for so many other rights to be just thrown away.” Yates and Smith are among a handful of gay and straight couples who are still battling for marriage licenses in Rowan County, two months after the U.S. On Friday, August 28th, lawyers for the clerk filed a petition with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan hoping the Court will allow the clerk to continue to refuse to issue marriage licenses while she seeks to appeal a lower court decision requiring her to do so. To simultaneously hem against legal action and issuing gay marriage licenses, the courthouse has stopped giving out licenses altogether, The Courier-Journal reports. “We should be celebrating right now, enjoying our lives together and enjoying the fact that we could spend our lives together and have it recognized by our country,” Smith told The Courier Journal. “Now we are just kind of on nerves.” U.S. Elsewhere, state officials are dragging their feet, and opponents to the Supreme Court’s decision are mounting legal challenges, in which, they argue that the ruling interferes with their freedom of religion.

The Supreme Court says the constitution guarantees gay people have the right to marry, but Davis contends the First Amendment guarantees her the right of religious freedom. District Court Judge David Bunning granted a preliminary injunction against Davis this month, writing that her religious convictions do not excuse her from performing official duties and upholding her oath of office.

Bunning delayed the order requiring Davis to issue same-sex couples marriage license until Aug. 31, or until a federal appeals court rules to the contrary. One attorney with the group, Dan Canon, said in an email that he couldn’t comment, but indicated that attorneys plan to address Davis’ continued refusal. “And some of them have waited an entire lifetime to get married so it is very sad”. “The court of appeals did not provide any religious accommodation rights to individuals, which makes little sense because at the end of the day it’s individuals that are carrying out the acts of the office”, Staver said. One of them, Rachelle Bombe, told the Courier-Journal that she didn’t think Davis would budge. “She is the Terminator,” Bombe said. “A lot to people are being hurt,” Bombe said. “There are so many wonderful couples that want to be married, and they can’t get married.

Christman, wrote that forcing her to issue licenses is akin to forcing a person who objects to war into the battlefield, or forcing a person against capital punishment to carry out an execution. She will exclusively be faraway from workplace if the state legislature impeaches her, which is unlikely. “Nobody needs to be fined or go to jail and she or he’s all the time been a law-abiding citizen”.

William Sharp, authorized director of the ACLU of Kentucky, stated he believes the case “is straightforward”. “All that Davis is required to do in her official capability as clerk is problem a type. And to think that there are still 27 states where you can be fired just for being gay while this straight woman has managed to stay employed while refusing to do her job.

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