Rowan County (Kentucky) Clerk Kim Davis is now facing litigation because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a class action lawsuit on Thursday, saying Rowan County and its clerk are depriving citizens of their constitutional rights to be legally permitted to marry in their home county.The ACLU will represent four couples from Rowan County, not all of which are in same-sex relationships. The couples named in the suit are April Miller and Karen Roberts; Shantel Burke and Stephen Napier; Jody Fernandez and Kevin Holloway; and L. Aaron Skaggs and Barry W. Spartman.
According to the ACLU release, two are same-gender couples and two are opposite-gender couples; all were denied licenses by Davis.
Davis’ decision to not issue licenses came after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday that validated same-sex marriages in all 50 states and requires county clerks to begin issuing licenses in areas where this law was not previously in effect.
Davis halted her office’s issuance of licenses because she said it was against her religion to appear as if she was condoning same-sex relationships.
And the money quote:
Does that mean we are getting ready to impeach Odumbo for picking and choosing which laws he wishes to uphold or change at will? Silly question.“Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs,” said ACLU of Kentucky Cooperating Attorney Laura Landenwich in the release. source
As Erick Erickson said: You will be made to care
Yes, indeedy. No more sitting on the sidelines. Choose your side, and choose wisely.
See what happens when you don't care?
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