A lesbian couple applied for a marriage license today at the Rowan County clerk’s office in Morehead, Kentucky, the first same-sex couple to do so since clerk Kim Davis returned to work. CNN covered what happened before and when they went into the office.
The office was packed with anti-gay Christians who started yelling to them that marriage was between one man and one woman and that they were going to hell.
Moments later, the couple entered the clerk’s office and were met by a rowdy crowd of Kim Davis supporters.
“Your sin is going to be your demise!” a man yelled. “Because he loves you, he is calling you to himself today… You can’t satisfy yourself, only God can satisfy your needs!”
“It’s an oxymoron!” the man continued. “It is a lie from the pit of Hell that destroys those who participate in homosexual sodomy, and destroys nations that approve of that! So young ladies, today God is calling you to himself!
Ignoring the fact that the man did not seem to know what the word ‘oxymoron’ means, the smiling deputy clerk Brian Mason (who had earlier vowed to issue licenses even if Davis objected) took the information and gave them their license and it was over.
Marney Maness arrived at the office to update her vehicle registration. She had to conduct the common, mundane task surrounded by a sea of reporters lining the clerk’s counter. The room was relatively quiet until Elizabeth Johnston, a same-sex marriage opponent from Ohio, chastised deputy Mason, saying “it’s a shame that you’re breaking the Kentucky law”.
Mason responded: “That’s your opinion.”
Down the opposite end of the counter, Maness jumped into the fray, telling Johnston: “But they aren’t breaking Kentucky law. They’re abiding by the constitution of the United States.”
Apparently Kim Davis spent the day in her office with the blinds drawn. But her protest has had one effect. Some state legislators are questioning whether the office of county clerk is worth the time and money at all.