Heated Protests After Gay Couple Gets License
Dozen of protesters have gathered outside a Kentucky clerk’s office where a gay couple has been issued a marriage license after a lengthy fight with a clerk who had long refused to grant the licenses. One group cheered on the gay couple who got the license, while the other group preached and supported the clerk.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue the licenses, citing her Christian religion and belief that gay marriage is immoral. Davis remained jailed after a federal judge held her in contempt for defying several court orders. Her husband says she doesn’t plan to resign and will not issue the licenses.
AP IS NOW REPORTING THE FIGHT OVER GAY MARRIAGE NOT LIKELY TO END WITH JUST KENTUCKY CLERK KIM DAVIS
The fight over same-sex marriage licenses may not end in Kentucky.
In Texas, Alabama and elsewhere a number of clerks and judges who stated their opposition to gay marriage have thrown up roadblocks to the unions, extending the fight over same-sex weddings two months after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.
Galvanizing opponents of gay marriage, Kim Davis, a county clerk in rural Kentucky, this week was jailed for her refusal to issue marriage licenses on the basis that same-sex unions conflict with her Christian beliefs.
Others with the power to issue marriage licenses say they would be willing to follow suit, including Alabama Probate Judge Nick Williams.
“Absolutely, I feel the same way. This is a cause worth standing up for,” said Williams, who ordered his deputies in Washington County not to issue any licenses at all since the court’s June decision.
The fight has made Davis a martyr-like figure for religious conservatives who argue she is being jailed for her religious beliefs, a view espoused by several Republican presidential candidates.
But for legal experts and gay marriage advocates, the issue is clear. Gay marriage is the law of the land and public servants are bound to uphold the decision of the justices.
“In this big country, it’s not surprising that there have been a handful of isolated instances of acting out and foot-dragging,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, a same-sex marriage advocate.
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