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‘This has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s word’
Only hours after the Supreme Court refused to stay a lower court’s order, Kim Davis continued to deny marriage licenses to gay couples. The Rowan County clerk was adamant Tuesday that she was acting “under God’s authority.” Now she could be found in contempt of court, and face steep fines or jail. “To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,” she said in a statement. The courts say her conscience didn’t matter: As an elected public official, it was her job to uphold the law, which stipulates gays and lesbians have the right to marry — according to the Supreme Court ruling handed down June 26. (Remember that one?) But Davis is standing firm. “It is a Heaven or Hell decision,” she said. “I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s word.” Davis’ refusal to issue the marriage licenses is one of the first tests of the court’s landmark ruling. And it won’t be the last. Davis’ challenge doesn’t end with Monday’s decision by the high court: It’s still pending with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. In the meantime, the lawyers for the gay couples who have been denied licenses have filed a motion of contempt that asks that she be fined rather than jailed. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis squares off with David Moore and his partner David Ermold over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a federal court order to do so. VPC
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