Kentucky clerk still refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses, despite judge’s order
MOREHEAD, Ky. (August 15, 2015) — A Kentucky clerk who defied a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses and turned away four gay couples has until Monday to convince the judge to delay his mandate.
U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning rejected Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The judge ordered her on Wednesday to hand out the licenses, but her office has kept denying them.
David Moore and David Ermold were the first couple to approach the office for a license Thursday. They’ve been together for 17 years, and it was the second time they’d been denied a license.
“If you want a statement from me, I will say that people are cruel, they are cruel, these people are cruel,” Ermold said. “This is how gay people are treated in this country. This is what it’s like. This is how it feels. If nothing comes of this, at least I hope that other people understand that this is wrong. It’s just wrong.”
The fight in this eastern Kentucky college town began soon after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June. Davis was among a handful of clerks across the country to cite her Christian beliefs and declare she would no longer hand out licenses to any couples, gay or straight.