With defiant county clerk in jail, gay Kentucky couple receives marriage license – Washington Post
A gathering of same sex marriage supporters (left) and supporters of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis (right) face off in front of the county courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)MOREHEAD, Ky. — When the Rowan County Courthouse opened for business Friday, deputy clerk Brian Mason was waiting at the front counter, behind a sign that read: “Marriage License Deputy.”
James Yates and William Smith Jr. entered the media-filled courthouse shortly after 8 and promptly began the process of applying for a marriage license. Again.
They had been rejected five times previously, as Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples since the Supreme Court declared in June that gay couples had a constitutional right to wed.
On Thursday, Davis was sent to jail by U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning, who also ordered five of the six deputy clerks in the county to begin issuing marriage licenses to all couples. The deputies agreed, under oath.
By 8:15 Friday morning, Yates and Smith had finally obtained the elusive $35 license.
Mason, the deputy clerk, congratulated the couple and shook their hands.
Yates and Smith hugged and cried.
“They got it!” a man shouted.
As the couple exited the courthouse, same-sex marriage supporters erupted in cheers, chanting: “Love won! Love won!”
Yates and Smith said they now had to set a wedding date. Then, they walked hand-in-hand to their car, followed by cameras and boom mics.
As the license was issued, Davis was being held at the Carter County Detention Center, about 35 miles away. Bunning ordered the 49-year-old clerk to be taken into custody for refusing in the face of multiple court orders to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
This photo made available by the Carter County Detention Center shows Kim Davis after she was ordered to jail. (Carter County Detention Center via AP)
[Kim Davis ordered to jail for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses]
Davis, an Apostolic Christian, has said repeatedly that she could not issue such marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs. Pressure on Davis intensified after the Supreme Court on Monday decided not to grant her a reprieve.
“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,& …Read More