Dozens protest against clerk who can’t stop refusing to marry gay couples
Dozens of protesters have shown up at the courthouse of a clerk who continually refuses to marry gay couples.
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.
The protesters showed up before the courthouse was due to open on Saturday, but after 9am passed – the scheduled opening time – no staff showed up.
So far no marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples at Rowan County.
Despite calls from the plaintiffs to resign over the issue, Davis said she has no intention to, and on Friday she asked the Supreme Court to intervene, and to allow her to continue discriminating.
She claims her religious beliefs stop her from issuing the marriage licences, and previously said she “fasted and prayed” before refusing to issue the first marriage licence.