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scoTus: kentucky clerk Must issue
same-sex Marriage Licenses
(CNN) -- The Supreme Court on Monday night denied an
emergency application from a Kentucky clerk who has been
refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her religious
objections to same-sex marriage.
The clerk, Kim Davis, sought to put a lower court ruling on
hold pending appeal, and in a one-page order the Supreme
Davis is now faced with a lower court order that her office
begin issuing licenses effective Monday.
The order marks the first time the issue of same-sex
marriage has come back to the justices since they issued an
opinion last June clearing the way for same-sex couples to
Davis, of the Rowan County Clerk’s office, has refused to
issue any marriage licenses since the decision -- Obergefell
v. Hodges -- came down. She is an Apostolic Christian who
says that she has a sincere religious objection to same-sex
marriage. Other clerks in the state have expressed concern,
but Davis is the only one turning away eligible couples.
A fellow Kentucky clerk, Casey Davis, has protested
alongside Kim Davis and insisted Tuesday on CNN’s “New
Day” that “we’ve not tried to prevent,” same-sex marriages,
and “we’ve only tried to exercise our First Amendment rights.”
UPDATE: Clerk Ignores Supreme Court;
Still Won’t Issue Licenses
(AP) An attorney says the Kentucky clerk who won’t issue
marriage licenses and all her deputy clerks have been called
for a federal court hearing Thursday morning.
Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins says the federal
court alerted him that a hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Thursday in Ashland.
Watkins says clerk Kim Davis is summonsed to attend,
along with all the deputy clerks who work in her office.
Davis stopped issuing licenses in the days after the U.S.
Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. A federal judge ordered
her to issue them, and an appeals court upheld that decision.
Still, she turned away couples.
The Supreme Court declined to intervene on Monday,
leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse. But her office turned
away several couples Tuesday morning. Davis invoked “God’s
authority” in doing so.
Attorneys for the two gay couples who originally sued in
the case have asked U.S. District Judge David Bunning to hold
Davis in contempt. They want Davis punished only with fees,
not jail time.
Clerk Closes Office Ahead of Gay
(AP) The Rowan County clerk at the center of a conflict over
same-sex marriage and religious conscience closed her office
on Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue
The protest comes a day after Kim Davis asked the U.S.
Supreme Court to grant her “asylum for her conscience.”
Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the Supreme
Court’s June ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Four couples
have sued, saying Davis must fulfill her duties as an elected
official regardless of her personal belief that gay marriage is
The county clerk’s office regularly opens for a half day on
the last Saturday of the month. A note on the door of the
office did not explain the closure, but asked those who were
inconvenienced to put their names on a list.
Morehead resident Sarah Lindsey had come to renew her car
tags and said she was “really annoyed.”
“She’s supposed to have a service,” Lindsey said of Davis. “I
pay taxes, a lot of them.”
“I can’t just decide to close my office. I would get fired.”
Davis Unknowingly Married Trans
Man and His Wife
(EDGE) Kim Davis, the Kentucky County Clerk who is now
taking her case to the United States Supreme Court to protect
her sincerely held religious right to discriminate, has, in fact
unknowingly issued a license to a couple with the same sex on
their birth certificates.
In February, prior to the United States Supreme Court’s
decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that made same-sex marriage
legal in all fifty states, Camryn Colen, a transgender man, and
his wife Lexie were wed by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.
According to the Courier Journal, Davis issued the marriage
license to Colen without checking his birth certificate, which
lists him as female.
“She saw just a straight couple in love, and she should see
everybody like that,” Camryn told the Courier-Journal. “She
shouldn’t just see straight couples like that.”
“Everyone should be looked at the way we were’” Camryn
told reporters, adding “We haven’t had any negativity - yet.” To
which Lexie interjected, “But we know it’s going to happen.”
The Colens gave their story to approximately 100
demonstrators Saturday at a rally to support lesbian and gay
couples who have been turned away by Davis and her office
in defiance of the governor’s order and repeated rulings from
“They do a good job portraying themselves as a victim and
they are not the victim - Kim Davis is,” said evangelist Randy
Smith who argued that the couples are “trying to compel our
county clerks to violate their deeply sincere belief that gay
marriage is sin.”
in other news
LGBT Christian Conference
Explores “What’s Next?”
(GCN) Evangelical conservatives and progressive Christians
will meet at the Gay Christian Network (GCN) Conference, next
January in Houston, TX. Experts and laypeople from various
theological, social, and racial backgrounds will gather to ask the
question, “What’s next for LGBT people and the Church?”
“Christians continue to be strongly divided on LGBT issues,
but there are LGBT people in every denomination, including
those with the most anti-LGBT reputations,” said GCN executive
director Justin Lee. “The GCN Conference is a unique opportunity
for families, church leaders, and individuals on all sides of this
debate to listen to and get to know one another. This is where we
learn to love each other in spite of our disagreements and work
together for a better world for everyone. In our polarized climate,
there’s nothing else like it.”
More than 15,000 Christians are expected to attend the four
day conference. Organizers say that through workshops and
keynote presentations, attendees are as likely to discuss ways
to biblically strengthen their same-sex marriages as they are to
learn about ways to live out celibacy, tackle homophobia in their
church, provide support to their LGBT children, or live a fulfilling
faith life as a transgender Christian. Singer/song-writer and out
lesbian, Mary Lambert is also scheduled to perform.
For more information visit gcnconf.com and follow @
Meet kim davis The Kentucky County Clerk Who Refuses to Accept Same-Sex Marriage
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