It looks like we have our answer as to what Rowan County clerk Kim Davis will do. She has decided to go all the way in defying the law. This morning she refused to issue marriage licenses to two same-sex couples even though she has exhausted all her legal appeals, all the way up to the US Supreme court.
The clerk arrived at her office Tuesday morning just after 7 a.m., and a couple attempted to obtain a marriage license shortly after 8 a.m.
An employee in the county clerk’s officer denied a marriage license to the same-sex couple, who had previously attempted to obtain one three times.
The employee said Davis was unavailable to meet with the couples because she was “doing reports.”
However, the clerk eventually emerged and said she would not issue the licenses to same-sex couples, and they asked under whose authority she could make that decision.
“Under God’s authority,” Davis said. “I’ve asked you all to leave, you’re interrupting my business.”
You can see the video of the angry confrontation here. One applicant angrily told her that he and his partner have been together for 17 years and asked her how long she has been together with someone. She asked them to leave and they challenged her to call the police. She then withdrew to her office to the cheers of the crowd.
It is clear that tempers are rising.
Good lawyers don’t usually tell their clients to defy lawful court orders, especially when jail time is a real possibility. Yet the Liberty Counsel didn’t mind putting their client at risk—perhaps because the idea of a middle-aged woman being hauled off to jail for purportedly following her conscience would send thousands of anti-gay Americans reaching for their pitchforks (and checkbooks).
You can be sure that the couples denied licenses will go straight to the US District Judge David Bunning, who gave the original ruling for her to issue licenses, asking him to enforce his order and a contempt citation is almost sure to follow soon, ‘god’s authority’ notwithstanding.
This is going to get even uglier.