Clerk asks SCOTUS to let her keep discriminating against gays
A county clerk who keeps refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples has asked the US Supreme Court to revisit the issue of same-sex marriage.
Kim Davis, a County Clerk from Rowan County, turned away David Moore and David Ernold two weeks ago, after being instructed by a federal court to stop discriminating.
She was previously caught on camera refusing to provide another marriage licence, and claims that her religious belief means she can’t honour the licences.
After being sued by a gay couple who said they should not have to drive to another country to find a clerk who will marry them – the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to intervene in a previous ruling that Davis should stop discriminating.
Now, Davis is seeking permission from America’s highest court, through an emergency order, which would allow her to continue discriminating against gay and lesbian couples.
A federal judge was given formal notice by Davis’ lawyers on Friday that she was seeking the SCOTUS intervention.
If the Supreme Court did decide to weigh in on the issue, it would be the first time since it issued a sweeping ruling in favour of same-sex marriage in June.
It ruled that all couples, same or opposite-sex, have a constitutional right to marry.
Despite calls from the plaintiffs to resign over the issue, Davis said she has no intention to.
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