Invoking “God’s authority,” Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis defies a Supreme Court order by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Tuesday.
Late Monday the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Davis, who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her sincerely held religious beliefs.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling compelling Davis to give out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she refused to comply once again on Tuesday morning by denying marriage licenses to everyone.
On Tuesday morning, after the first same-sex couple in line asked Davis for a marriage license, a tense confrontation ensued. Davis said she was not issuing marriage licenses, and the same-sex couple asked her under what authority. An agitated Davis replied:
Under God’s authority!
Davis then fled into a back office as the angry crowd confronted her on her bigotry, chanting “Do your job! Do your job!”
Later in the morning Davis issued the following statement:
To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience.
As a result of her actions, Davis has been summoned by a federal judge to explain why she should not be fined or jailed for contempt. U.S. District Judge David Bunning summoned Davis and her entire staff to appear in federal court on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
Lawyers for couples who were denied marriage licenses are asking Judge Bunning to find Davis in contempt, but punish her with only financial penalties, not jail time.
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