Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is holding her ground on granting marriage licenses for gay couples. Davis has consistently denied homosexual and lesbian couples from obtaining a valid certificate of marriage – despite the fact the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriages in late June.
Writes Kentucky.com an Aug. 27: “Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continued to withhold marriage licenses from local residents Thursday, a day after a federal appeals court upheld an order telling her to end her protest.”
The latest gay couple to be rebuffed by Davis, James Yates and William Smith Jr., were turned away this morning. They said Davis told them she is being allowed by a U.S. District Judge to withhold granting licenses until at least the end of August.
“Justice delayed is justice denied,” Smith said as he and his partner exited the courthouse. “We should be celebrating right now, enjoying our lives together. Instead, we’re on nerves, waiting for someone to say we can get a marriage license.”
The legal quagmire has both sides in frustration.
Explains Kentucky.com: “On Wednesday, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied Davis’ request to stay a preliminary injunction from Bunning ordering her to resume issuing marriage licenses, despite her religious opposition to same-sex marriage. But there is some confusion as to whether Davis was in contempt Thursday, because Bunning did agree to temporarily delay his injunction until Aug. 31, to give her time to appeal.”
Yates said he and Smith will return in September, but they aren’t expecting any success. They have already tried on three other occasions – unsuccessfully – to obtain a license.
“They’ll file something else to delay it and they’ll make up more dates,” Yates said. “They don’t like gays and they don’t want them to get married, and to stop it, they’ll burn the Earth and not let straight people get married, either. That’s all that matters to them.”
Davis has previously cited her constitutional right to practice freedom of religion as the overriding precept that grants her authority to refuse to grant marriage licenses for gays. Adds NewsMax: “Davis told the AP in July that she had prayed and fasted for months before deciding not to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples.”
In early August, Davis filed a lawsuit against Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, stating that the governor’s order for all state clerks to comply with the federal ruling is “infringing on her religious beliefs.” Davis also is suing for the governor to pay her “damages” for any suits filed against her personally.
WZAZ news Channel 3 reported “Davis asked the court for protection under the state’s religious freedom law, which passed in 2013. According to the law, it protects ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ from infringement unless there is ‘a compelling governmental interest.’”
Where do you fall? Is Kim Davis right to withhold marriage licenses?