That problem that has faced several local officials in the aftermath of the court’s historic ruling, leading some to resign and others to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether.
In Tennessee, for example, the entire Decatur County Clerk’s Office resigned rather than follow the recent same-sex “marriage” mandate announced by the Supreme Court.
The Casey County attorney said he respected the county clerk – but he said Davis was wrong about this issue. “It’s for the glory of God”. Davis said lawmakers should pass a law allowing people to buy marriage licenses online, similar to the process of obtaining a hunting or fishing license. She and her two staff members, Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler, have all quit for the same reason.
“And that relieves the 120 county clerks of this state”.
The Family Foundation’s Kentucky chapter has established a legal defense fund for county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Immediately following the Supreme Court ruling June 26, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear ordered all clerks to fall in line.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that marriage is a constitutional right, but some local officials from Texas to Kentucky are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, citing religious objections. My final authority is the Bible. However, she promised that someone in her office would accommodate the couple.
The clerks have argued that if they issue a license to no one, they can not be accused of discrimination.
A spokesperson for Hill County Clerk Nicole Tanner’s office said Thursday, July 2, that the county is waiting for revised licenses to arrive before they can issue.
“I think that I deserve some sort of relief”, he said.
The lawsuit, filed in United States District Court in Ashland, Kentucky, requests an injunction ordering Davis to begin issuing licenses.
Workers who choose to deny licenses to same-sex couples may face litigation and fines, but there are lawyers willing to defend them, according to Paxton.
The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against another objecting clerk, in Rowan County, Kentucky.
“I’m not about to go changing who I am or altering who I am or try to hide who I am in order to just win an election”, Towers said.
Lang posted a statement on the Hood County clerk’s website saying others in her office would issue the licenses but that “the religious doctrines to which I adhere compel me to personally refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses”. If a marriage involves minors, however, they must get their license in the county where they live.
And in Mississippi, a clerk resigned because issuing a same-sex marriage licence would violate her core values as a Christian.
He said the couples aren’t seeking the clerk’s endorsement of their marriage.
Hood County Attorney Lori Kaspar declined to provide details of her opinion to Lang but noted that Lang took her advice and the license was issued. His opinion was echoed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who issued a directive Friday to state agencies to protect the religious liberties of all Texans.