Casey Davis continues to defy the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality and insists he will refuse to issue marriage licenses, at the cost of his life.
Davis has voiced strong opposition against the Obergefell v. Hodges decision which legalized gay marriage, claiming his strong religious beliefs impede him from accepting such a pronouncement. Ever since the law was passed, he has also refused to grant marriage licenses for heterosexual and same-sex couple, as a means of protest.
During his interview on `The Tom Roten Morning Show` on August 24th, Davis warned, ‘It’s a war on Christianity. There is a travesty taking place with that Supreme Court ruling [that] was completely unconstitutional, completely unconstitutional.’
Davis had previously urged Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to chair a special session of the state legislature, so that a new law would be ratified which would permit couples to purchase marriage licenses online, similarly to how licenses for fishing and hunting are obtained. If this policy were approved, clerks would no longer have to issue such documents and the whole process could take place without them acting as intermediaries. This would allow Davis to stand by his decision not to support gay marriage.
Beshear met the county clerk privately and discussed his objections, but made it clear that he would uphold the law, which recognizes the validity of same-sex marriages, regardless of how others may feel about it. The Governor also called for Davis to resign if he won’t carry out his duties, but so far the clerk has refused. He admitted he fears being sued or accused of misconduct, but trusts in God to support his fight.
The Kentucky clerk’s example was also followed by Kim Davis of Rowan County, who has also ceased to issue marriage licenses to couples ever since the marriage equality law was passed. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Kim Davis, on behalf of two heterosexual couples and two gay couples who were denied marriage licenses. The accused has recently lost the case and there’s a high likelihood she will also lose on appeal. After her refusal to resign, she can only be replaced by impeachment, which is improbable, but she could be held in contempt of court and risk fines or jail time.
Meanwhile, according to Towleroad, a raly that took place on July 6 drew 1,000 people who joined Casey Davis in his protest. Kent Ostrander, a representative of The Family Foundation, has also established a legal defense fund to support Casey Davis and other public officials who are `sued for their religious beliefs`.
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