No decision yet in lawsuit against clerk who refused to perform gay wedding
A decision has not yet been made in a lawsuit against a Kentucky clerk who was caught on camera refusing to issue a marriage licence to a same-sex couple.
Same-sex weddings have begun across the US since the Supreme Court ruled two weeks ago that marriage is a constitutional right for all Americans, straight or gay.
A lawsuit has been filed against the clerk, Kim Davis, by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The hearing, meant to start yesterday, has been suspended until next Monday at the earliers by US District Judge David Bunning, who said that Davis had not formally been notified of the lawsuit against her.
Roger Gannam of the Liberty Counsel, a group which says it defends “religious freedom”, and which is defending Davis, said: “The ACLU … aren’t really concerned in the marriages of their clients. The plaintiffs can get married in at least 117 if not 118 counties in the state of Kentucky if they want to
“This case was about targeting a person of faith to make a point that everyone must comply with the agenda to impose same-sex marriage on all of America.”
The ACLU hit back, however, denying the claim that they are targeting anyone, saying that same-sex couples simply want to be able to get married and have their marriages legally recognised.
Davis’ lawyers argued that she is protected from performing the weddings based on her religious objection.
Many critics of Davis have pointed out that while she claims her Christian faith means she cannot perform same-sex weddings, she herself has been married four times.