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posted Friday, August 28, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 35
Kentucky clerk defies Sixth Circuit, turns away Gay couple
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Kentucky clerk defies Sixth Circuit, turns away Gay couple

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Kim Davis, Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, defied a ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court and again turned away a Gay couple seeking a marriage license on August 27.

The Sixth Circuit ruled on August 26 that Davis must give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Nevertheless, a Deputy Clerk in Davis's office turned away William Smith Jr. and James Yates when they arrived to apply for a marriage license. It was the third time the couple had been rejected by Davis's office.

'They just don't like gay people, they don't want us to get married,' Yates told The Associated Press. 'And they'd rather burn the earth and not let straight people in Rowan County get married either.'

Davis claimed that assisting same-sex couples in getting married violated her First Amendment freedom of religion, and stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether so she would 'not discriminate' against same-sex couples.

She was sued by the ACLU on behalf of two same-sex and two opposite-sex couples who sought to force her to perform her official duties.

A federal district judge ordered her to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and on August 26 a panel of three appeals court justices rejected Davis's request for a stay of the lower court's order directing her to issue the licenses to Lesbian and Gay couples.

The Sixth Circuit panel curtly dismissed her claims to religious privilege.

'The injunction operates not against Davis personally, but against the holder of her office of Rowan County Clerk,' the Sixth Circuit said.

'In light of the binding holding of Obergefell [the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage], it cannot be defensibly argued that the holder of the Rowan County Clerk's office, apart from who personally occupies that office, may decline to act in conformity with the United States Constitution as interpreted by a dispositive holding of the United States Supreme Court. There is thus little or no likelihood that the Clerk in her official capacity will prevail on appeal.'

Davis has said that she will not resign from her post. She can only be removed from office if the state legislature impeaches her, but that is considered unlikely. If she continues to defy a federal court order, a judge could hold her in contempt and order hefty fines or jail time.

William Sharp, legal director of the ACLU of Kentucky, said he believes the case is simple.

'Religious liberty certainly does not allow public officials to deny government services to the public based on their personal beliefs,' Sharp wrote in a statement. 'All that Davis is required to do in her official capacity as clerk is issue a form. In no way is she being forced to endorse anyone's marriage or beliefs.'

April Miller and Karen Roberts, one of two same-sex couples who sued Davis, told AP reporters they felt vindicated by the Sixth Circuit ruling.

'One step closer,' Miller said. 'We might be able to get married in September.'

They had already purchased their wedding rings - simple white gold bands set with diamonds - soon after the Supreme Court's June decision.

Miller said she was aware that Davis might not back down, regardless of the court's ruling.

'It's going to keep going. It's gonna be a long haul,' she said.

'But it felt so good for a minute,' Roberts added.

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