2 Ky. county clerks still fighting same-sex marriage despite Supreme Court ruling, lawsuit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Almost two months after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, two Kentucky county clerks are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples.
Casey County Clerk Casey Davis says his conscience does not allow him to do so and he’s received hundreds of supportive letters and emails -- alongside many threats.
Davis says the support and disapproval has come from near and far. He says a thank you note arrived Monday from a woman in Mississippi.
“Dear Casey, just wanted to say thank you for the religious beliefs of American Christians,” Davis read. “Thank you for encouraging me and countless other Christians who may have become discouraged.”
Davis says he considers the reaction small compared to what Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has experienced.
Protesters gathered outside the clerk’s office last week after couples were turned away despite an order from a federal judge to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Governor Steve Beshear’s office released a statement saying the “Court’s opinion speaks for itself.”
So far, the Casey County Clerk has avoided lawsuits, but believes it’s a “good possibility” that he will face one at some point.
However, Davis believes Kentucky’s constitution protects him from the Supreme Court’s decision.
Davis quotes section five, “No human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.”
Last month, Casey Davis and Beshear sat down in Frankfort to discuss the marriage licensing issue. After the meeting, Beshear said in a statement that he respects Davis' right to personal beliefs, but one of his duties is to issue marriage licenses, regardless of gender.
In June, Davis said he would rather go to jail than resign. When asked again, Davis said he still feels that way.
Davis plans to speak at a religious freedom rally in Frankfort on Saturday.
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