As was inevitable, someone has been taken to court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and using god as a defense. In a US district court, Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, got all teary-eyed as she explained why her faith required her to deny couples a right they were entitled to by law. (This Davis is different from Casey Davis, a clerk in another county who also refuses to issue licenses.)
Rowan County’s clerk prayed and fasted over her decision to refuse marriage licenses for same-sex couples, she testified in federal court, and she said believes she is upholding her oath under the Constitution.
Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to provide licenses has drawn wide attention after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that marriage is a fundamental right for all couples. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear ordered clerks to comply with the decision.
“It wasn’t just a spur-of-the-moment decision,” Davis said. “It was thought out, and I sought God on it.”
On the stand Monday, Davis described herself as an Apostolic Christian who believes marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman under the Bible — “God’s holy word” — and said she contemplated her policy for months.
She choked back tears at times as she argued that issuing licenses under her name would violate her religious beliefs even if a deputy clerk performs the task in her stead.
“If I say they are authorized, I’m saying, ‘I agree with it.’ And I can’t,” Davis said.
Monday’s testimony marked a second hearing in the case, and U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning said he expects to release a decision around Aug. 11. Meanwhile, Davis said she is denying licenses to all couples to avoid discriminating against those in same-sex relationships.
During Monday’s hearing, Davis repeatedly cited religious rights under the First Amendment in her defense. She testified that she attends church “every time the doors are open” and performs a Bible study at a local jail once a week.
She is also refusing to resign.
I wish, when these religious people say they asked god about this or that decision, they would be questioned about what form the answer from god took. Did they hear voices? Did god appear and speak in sign language? Did he send at text message?
I would be very surprised if the court doesn’t order her to issue licenses and then fine her for contempt if she still does not do so. And then she would have something to really cry about.
Honestly, I am just sick of these people whining about their religious beliefs being violated when what they really want is to be able to follow their prejudices. I wonder how many contempt citations it will take with how many clerks before god suddenly ‘reveals’ to them that he has changed his mind and that it is cool with him if they issue licenses.