Kentucky County Clerk’s Office Defies Court, Again Refuses Marriage License to …

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Defiant Kentucky Clerk’s Office Again Refuses Marriage License to Gay Couple Hours After Losing Latest Court Battle.

A Kentucky county clerk’s office denied a marriage license for a same-sex couple on Thursday, despite a federal appeals court ruling the night before that upheld a judge’s order compelling her to issue the licenses. Citing religious objections, Kim Davis of Rowan County has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the Supreme Court’s ruling June 26 that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The refusal was reportedly rooted in a belief by Davis — a Christian who opposes same-sex unions — that a judge’s previous delay grants her office until August 31 to begin issuing licenses. There is thus little or no likelihood that the Clerk in her official capacity will prevail on appeal.” On Thursday morning, William Smith Jr. and James Yates were turned away for a license.

It was the couple’s third try, according to The Associated Press. “A deputy clerk in Davis’ office told Smith and Yates on Thursday that the office believes [District Judge David] Bunning’s delay remains in effect until Aug. 31. But Bunning subsequently delayed that order until the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals had the chance to rule on the matter — a development that unfolded on Wednesday. It was their third attempt to get a license. “They just don’t like gay people, they don’t want us to get married,” Yates said. “And they’d rather burn the earth and not let straight people in Rowan County get married either.” By early afternoon, Davis had temporarily closed her office for “computer upgrades,” said a note posted on her door. She talked on the phone, ignoring the commotion as the couples, trailed by activists and reporters, poured in through the door and demanded answers.” Meanwhile, another Kentucky clerk is also refusing to issue marriage licenses, calling the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a “war on Christianity.” On a West Virginia morning radio show, Casey County Clerk Casey Davis (no relation to Kim) said he was willing to “fight and die” for his cause. “Our law says ‘one man and one woman,’ and that is what I held my hand up and took an oath to and that is what I expected,” Davis told WVHU. “If it takes my life, I will die … because I believe I owe that to the people that fought so I can have the freedom that I have, I owe that to them today, and you do, we all do.”

A statement from The Family Foundation says Casey Davis set off at 4:30 a.m. in Pikeville in the eastern part of the state and plans to ride to Paducah, in the western part of the state. She testified in federal court last month she would “deal with that when the time comes.” Saturday, she spoke to thousands of supporters at a religious freedom rally at the state capitol, saying: “I need your prayers … to continue to stand firm in what we believe.” Davis has said she will not resign. If she continues to defy a federal court order, a judge could hold her in contempt and order hefty fines or jail time. “Certainly none of those are appealing to my client,” Staver said. “No one wants to be fined or go to jail and she’s always been a law-abiding citizen.

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