Should the Supreme Court have taken the power to decide the same-sex marriage issue away from the people in the states? Government, like any employer, has an obligation under federal law to accommodate her religious convictions, he said.
Kim Davis told a court in July that she “prayed and fasted” over whether to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
On Wednesday, gay rights advocates in Mississippi filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the state’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples.
“Upon asking a deputy clerk for a marriage license application, Ms. Roberts and I were informed that the Rowan County Clerk’s office will not issue any marriage licenses“, Miller said in the filing. “We’re excited about it.” she said.
David Ermold broke down in the county’s judge-executive’s office, after he was denied a license to marry David Moore, his partner of 17 years.
One other gay couple has also been reportedly been refused a marriage license at the same courthouse.
“Davis remains free to practice her Apostolic Christian beliefs”, Bunning wrote.
Is issuing a marriage license – or deciding not to – protected speech? I know it’s going to get resolved.
“It’s just a matter of when”, he said.
Staver said it was premature to discuss what would happen if the stay was denied.
Exchanges in the courthouse Thursday remained brief and calm as a handful of demonstrators protested outside in support of the couples. Reuters reports that Davis is “on vacation”.
Laura Landenwich, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the 28-page ruling reveals that the judge combed through Davis’ legal arguments and rejected each. So, the couple marched to Rowan County Judge Executive Walter Blevins’ office. Moreover, Blevins would “likely be exceeding the scope of his office” if he completely assumed her duties. He also said that because deputy clerks are at work, he wasn’t sure his signature would be valid.
A Kentucky county clerk turned away a gay couple seeking a marriage license Thursday, hours after a federal judge dismissed her religious-freedom argument saying her devout convictions have “no bearing on this purely legal inquiry”. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has appealed he order.
When asked if Davis would begin issuing licenses, Gannam said he hopes to obtain a stay before any more are requested.
On the street Thursday, gay-rights activists held signs reading “clerk not clergy” and “obey the law”. They’ve been a couple for almost a decade.
Yates, 41, said he and Will Smith, 32, decided to get married a few years ago and even considered driving to another state to make it official.
They held hands as they walked into the clerk’s office.
The couple then waited in line. Kim Davis should not be forced to violate her religious beliefs.
Invoice Sharp, a employees lawyer for the ACLU of Kentucky, stated it has ed one of many clerks refusing to concern licenses, however he would not determine which one as a result of the clerk has not responded but. In the Kentucky case, the court concluded that county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses violate their own official duties under state law and do so in a way that substantially interferes with the applicants’ right to marry.
“Kim Davis is resolute in vindicating her rights”, Roger Gannam, senior litigation counsel at Liberty Counsel, a religious advocacy group, told the Lexington Herald-Leader.