This Story Isn’t About Marriage

Bethany Jenkins | August 31, 2015

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, has refused to issue marriage licenses to all couples—gay or straight—since the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision in June. As a Christian, Davis objects to gay marriage.

Six couples have brought suits against her, arguing she must fulfill her duties as an elected official despite her religious convictions. Two weeks ago a federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, and last week an appellate court upheld that decision, saying

It cannot be defensibly argued that the holder of the Rowan County Clerk’s office, apart from who personally occupies that office, may decline to act in conformity with the United States Constitution as interpreted by a dispositive holding of the United States Supreme Court.

In other words, when Davis goes to the office, she should check her identity at the door.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear agrees. After the Obergefell decision he sent an e-mail to all county clerks, refusing to allow for any religious accommodation and telling them to comply with the decision.

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