The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against a Kentucky clerk for refusing to give wedding licenses to four couples, two of whom are “gay.”
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said her religious beliefs barred her from complying with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires states to marry homosexuals. And instead of discriminating, she decided to stop issuing licenses altogether – for homosexuals and heterosexuals, Fox News reported.
Davis is hardly alone.
A clerk in Decatur County, Tennessee, resigned her post, along with two office assistants, because of their opposition to the high court’s ruling and their worries about lawsuits if they stood strong on their religious beliefs.
And in New Orleans, the state Office of Vital Records hesitated on issuing same-sex “marriage” licenses until late this week, the Associated Press reported.
Kentucky’s highest-ranking officials – Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway – warned clerks on Friday, right after the court’s decision made the media waves, to comply or risk criminal charges that could bring up to a year in jail.
Some clerks in the state failed to immediately comply, but then changed their minds. Davis, however, said she couldn’t, and wouldn’t ever, issue a “gay marriage” license.
“It’s a deep-rooted conviction. My conscience won’t allow me to do that,” she said, Fox News reported. “It goes against everything I hold dear, everything sacred in my life.”
ACLU filed it s suit in U.S. District Court in Ashland, requesting an injunction that would compel Davis to start issuing licenses and punitive damages for allegedly violating the rights newly created by the Supreme Court.
In court documents, ACLU legal director William Sharp said Davis’ religious beliefs are “not a compelling, important or legitimate government interest.”
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