Same-Sex Couple Cheers Gay Marriage Ruling in Kentucky

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Same-sex couple cheers gay marriage ruling in Kentucky.

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — April Miller and Karen Roberts hugged as the news flashed across their television screen, and their hug turned into a brief slow dance across the living room rug. A Kentucky county clerk who has been outspoken in his opposition to marriage equality now says he’ll “die” fighting to keep same-sex couples from tying the knot. For two months since the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses, citing her Christian faith and constitutional right to religious freedom. In an Aug. 24 interview on West Virginia’s The Tom Roten Morning Show, Davis vowed to continue to defy the Supreme Court even if it costs him his life, Right Wing Watch reports. “It’s a war on Christianity,” he told Roten. “There is a travesty taking place with that Supreme Court ruling [that] was completely unconstitutional, completely unconstitutional.” “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,” he continued. “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.” Previously, Davis had asked Kentucky Gov.

A U.S. district judge ordered Davis to issue the marriage licenses, but later delayed his order so that Davis could have time to appeal to the 6th circuit. Steve Beshear to call for a special session of the state legislature so it can pass a new law allowing couples to purchase marriage licenses online in a process similar to obtaining a hunting or fishing license. The other, Kim Davis (no relation) of Rowan County, is currently being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two gay couples and two heterosexual couples for denying them marriage licenses. Donald wrote for the court. “There is thus little or no likelihood that the Clerk in her official capacity will prevail on appeal.” Miller said they felt vindicated.

Supreme Court. “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. “They don’t lose their individual constitutional rights just because they are employed in a public office.” It’s unclear how Davis would react if she were to ultimately lose her appeals. 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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