Kentucky Clerk Refuses To Perform Same-Sex Marriages And Is Getting Hit Hard
County Clerk Kim Davis is standing in the crossfires of religious freedom and the U.S. Supreme Court's latest ruling on marriage.
The Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to refuse gay couples the right to marry. This new ruling has put many Christians who engage in marriage-related business (judges, clerks, wedding cake makers, private chapel owners) in a tough position. Will they have to go against what they believe to keep their job?
According to a recent Fox News article, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' office turned away David Moore and David Ermold just hours after a U.S. district judge ordered her to do the opposite.
When Kim Davis, a Christian, learned about the new ruling on gay marriage, she decided to stop issuing any marriage licenses, both to straight and gay people.
Now she is facing lawsuits from 5 couples and being told by U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning that she has "likely violated the constitutional rights of her constituents." The couples are considering whether to ask the judge to hold her in contempt for upholding her religious beliefs. The charge of contempt could bring heavy fines or even jail time upon Davis.
Davis argued that putting her signature on a marriage license to a gay couple is, in essence, approving of it. And that is something her faith cannot allow her to do.
But she is being told that her attitude is not allowable. Bunning said, "Davis remains free to practice her Apostolic Christian beliefs. She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible Study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County Jail. She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk."
Kim Davis is appealing to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and it is yet to be seen if she will be fired if she does not agree to marry gay couples.
What do you think of Davis' stance? Do you think she should be allowed to decline marrying gay couples because of her religious convictions?