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Kentucky Clerk Continues To Deny Marriage Licenses, Defying Court Order

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Kentucky Clerk Continues To Deny Marriage Licenses, Defying Court Order


By John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader (TNS)

MOREHEAD, KY — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told two couples who asked for marriage licenses early Tuesday that she would not issue them, despite a federal court injunction ordering her to do so.

In a brief but tense encounter between Davis and a couple dozen marriage equality demonstrators, the clerk repeatedly said she was not issuing licenses.

“Under whose authority?” someone in the crowd asked Davis.

“God’s authority,” she responded.

Outside the Rowan County courthouse, more than 100 protesters — some supporting Davis, others opposing her — shouted at one another from across the entrance way.

“Nobody should have to go through this to get a marriage license in 2015. This is kind of ridiculous,” said David Moore, one of the men seeking a license. Moore, who is one of the local couples suing Davis, said he will call his lawyers to ask whether they will pursue contempt of court charges against the clerk.

Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses in Rowan County since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June. U.S. District Judge David Bunning has ordered her to resume, an order she unsuccessfully appealed to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and, over the weekend, to the Supreme Court.

(c)2015 Lexington Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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  1. Paragryne September 1, 2015

    It’s time for her to experience the Kentucky prison system.

    1. jamcrky September 2, 2015

      How many other people who broke the law as she does would be in jail….she is a hypocrite. that’s why there is a separation of church and state. if you can’t do your job then quite………..if not than suffer the consequences which could be jail time

      1. Paragryne September 2, 2015

        She is unfit to serve in any public capacity. If I were any of the couples she turned away, I would have to consider bringing civil rights charges. She violated their rights, and publicly humiliated them.

  2. Grannysmovin September 2, 2015

    “Under whose authority?” she was asked. “Under God’s authority,” she said. well if God’s Law is the 10 Commandments, please point out which commandment states Same Sex marriage is forbidden. She earns $80,000 annually, so she is collecting a salary while refusing to do her job. What does her religious beliefs say about stealing?

    It is being reported that she has been divorced three times and married four times, also Ms. Davis “gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband, (and) they were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second husband.”

    “She’s not being asked to perform a sacrament, she is tasked with ascertaining that the people in front of her, the couple in front of her, have a legal right to get married and to provide them with that license,” he said. “She is not a minister. She actually thinks she works for God there in the county courthouse, when she actually works for Caesar — and someone needs to acquaint her with that fact.”“http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/dan-savage-destroys-thrice-divorced-kim-davis-this-is-about-someone-hypocritically-cashing-in/

  3. Böcker September 2, 2015

    Her lawyer wants an accommodation for her, no. Her beliefs play no part in doing her job. Resign. He wants these gay couples to drive 30 mins to another office to get a license, no, they pay taxes and should be able to get a license right there. Resign!

    1. jamcrky September 2, 2015

      Resign nothing…..the bitch should fired for breaking the law period

  4. tomtype September 2, 2015

    With three divorces and 4 marriages, she has strange qualification to judge whether a marriage is legitimate or not. I guess a lot of experience can be substituted for actual knowledge.

  5. John Seidel September 2, 2015

    Why has this stupid woman not been fired yet? She’s just a paper handler who is refusing to do the work she is paid to do. Fire her.


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