After the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in June, Davis announced that her office would not issue ANY marriage licenses.
Black says he’s known Davis his whole life and that the two became close after she assisted him with paperwork at the Rowan County clerk’s office following his mother’s death. “Why should I have to quit a job I love and am acceptable at?” That’s ridiculous. While it is understandable why all these religious and anti-gay people are unhappy with the Supreme Court ruling, it is selfish and unfair to deny anyone their right as a citizen of the United States to get married because of their religious or personal views.
When asked about the gay marriage licenses her deputies had began to issue, Davis said for one thing they are invalid in God’s eyes.
As Georgetown Law professor Marty Lederman at the blog Balkinization wrote, the new licenses will likely stand up to legal scrutiny – especially after both Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway said the licenses are valid. She argued that issuing marriage licenses to gay couples went against her religious beliefs.
A federal judge has denied the latest request from Rowan County (Ky.) Clerk Kim Davis.
The ACLU has asked Bunning to consider penalizing Davis again if she continues to refuse to issue the licenses, including placing her office under a receivership, which would allow another person to oversee the marriage licensing process.
In order to fully appreciate how consistent this woman was with her own spiritual beliefs, one must shift perspective once more.
She was released from jail on the condition that she would not interfere with the issuance of marriage licences by her deputies.
During the same interview, Kelly asked Davis why she didn’t resign from her clerk position, which reportedly pays $80,000 per year, after losing numerous times in court, notes RawStory.
Davis grew emotional at points of the interview, saying that she hasn’t always been a good person, but that has changed.
Davis says the ball needs to be in the Governor’s court…or at least the General Assembly’s to fix the problem.
On Monday, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union wrote that the validity of the altered licenses is “questionable at best”, and the new licenses bring “humiliation and stigma” to the gay couples who receive them.
Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (left), waves as she walks out of jail in Grayson, Kentucky, on September 8, 2015.
The Liberty Counsel, a social conservative legal firm representing Davis in court, didn’t immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request to comment on whether she’d appeal to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.