Another Gay Kentucky Couple Denied Marriage License by Controversial Clerk – ABC News
Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk of Courts, listens to Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz as they speak with her at the County Clerks Office on Sept. 2, 2015 in Morehead, Ky.
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Another same-sex couple was refused a marriage license today by the Kentucky county clerk who has come under fire for refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis defended her decision today when Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz tried to get a marriage license.
She said she was “not discriminating because I’m not issuing marriage licenses to anybody.”
Protesters on both sides of the issue flooded in behind the couple and began chanting loudly during the exchange.
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PHOTO: Robbie Blankenship and his partner Jesse Cruz leave the Rowan County Clerks Office after being denied a marriage license on Sept. 2, 2015 in Morehead, Ky.
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Blankenship is seen turning toward the news cameras at one point, saying of Davis, “She’s been married four times, three divorces. We’ve been together 20 years.”
The Associated Press reported that Davis has been married four times — twice to the same man — and divorced three times.
Though today’s video shows that Davis appears to be trying to refuse issuing a license without getting into a debate, she does bring up her religious beliefs at one point.
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“Have you received death threats for what you believe?” she says, before adding that “our Constitution was founded on faith,” and being cut off by the couple and protesters.
Shortly after, Davis is seen retreating to her office, with the shades drawn. She has been in her office much of today and was escorted to work by a man with a handgun visible at his waistband.
The controversy surrounding her refusal will play out in court Thursday, when she is scheduled to appear before a federal judge after the Supreme Court this week refused to intervene in an appeals court’s affirmation that she issue the licenses.
Her attorney will argue that she should not be held in contempt of court because of her due …Read More