A Kentucky county clerk on today (Tuesday) refused to issue marriage licenses for two same-sex couples despite a Supreme Court ruling ordering the clerk to do so after a lower upholding an earlier ruling by a lower court.
A video you can view on our Youtube channel the gay couples repeatedly demanding that the clerk, Kim Davis, issue them marriage licenses.
"We are not issuing marriage licenses today," Davis says in the video.
"Under whose authority are you not issuing licenses?" asks one of the men.
"Under God's authority," Davis responds.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning moved swiftly Tuesday after a lesbian couple asked him to find Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt. Davis told several couples and a crowd of supporters and protesters that her religious beliefs prevent her from sanctioning gay marriage, and then retreated again, closing her office door and blinds to the raucous scene outside.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday night, leaving Davis no legal ground for her continued refusal Tuesday morning. Lawyers for the two gay couples who originally sued her asked the judge Tuesday to find her in contempt, but punish her with only financial penalties, not jail time.
“Since Defendant Davis continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform,” they asked Bunning to “impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous” to compel her immediate compliance without delay.
As an elected official, Davis can’t be fired; her impeachment would have to wait until the Legislature’s regular session next year or a costly special session.
Some on social media have called her ‘a hypocrite who has been married four times, but refuses to allow gays to marry once.’
What would I have done if my conscience conflicts with the law? The answer is simply to resign! There’s no point in retaining a job that puts me in an awkward position on a matter I don’t endorse.
It should be understood that hate as anyone might be about the idea of same-sex marriage, the law is the law as it stands today in the US.