Same-sex marriage is legal across the US but Kim Davis, clerk of Rowan County in Kentucky, wants no part of it.
Rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Davis has stopped granting licenses to everyone – gay or straight.
Now she’s being sued for it.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed as class action lawsuit against Davis on behalf of four couples who her office denied licenses – two heterosexual couples and two same-sex couples.
‘Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith, and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs,’ states ACLU of Kentucky Cooperating Attorney Laura Landenwich.
Among the plaintiffs are Rowan County residents Aaron Skaggs and Barry Spartman who wanted to get married after last week’s landmark US Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
‘We have been citizens of Rowan County since the beginning of our relationship and love being members of this community,’ Skaggs states.
‘So, it only makes sense that we would want and should be granted our right to be recognized as a loving couple having freedom to marry here at home.’
For her part, Davis is standing firm.
‘I have convictions that rule my conscience,’ she told WHAS-TV this week.
‘I can’t put my name on a marriage license as issued to a same sex couple. God is my first love, and I will stand for Him. And if it means I get thrown out of office, we’ll deal with that when it comes.’
The federal lawsuit, which alleges Davis’ refusal is unconstitutional, seeks an injunction ordering Davis to begin issuing licenses.