More Kentucky clerks say they won’t give same-sex couples marriage licenses
Two Kentucky clerks who may be best known for not being Kim Davis have declared they will only issue marriage licenses to heterosexual couples in defiance of the Constitution.
Casey County clerk Casey Davis, who is not related to Values Voter hero Kim Davis, and Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz have both said their offices are now issuing marriage licenses after halting them because of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, according to The New Civil Rights Movement.
Their Rowan County counterpart, Kim Davis, has become a hero in the anti-gay movement after spending several days in jail in contempt of court for defying court orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses in compliance with the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized it in all 50 states.
Casey Davis seems bent on achieving the same thing. In August, he vowed to die for the cause of denying LGBT the right to marry, Right Wing Watch reported.
“If it takes it, I will go to jail over — if it takes my life, I will die for because I believe I owe that to the people that fought so I can have the freedom that I have,” an emotional Davis told a radio show host. “I owe that to them today, and you do, we all do. They fought and died so we could have this freedom and I’m going to fight and die for my kids and your kids can keep it.”
The difference between Kim Davis and the others is that Davis was sued by the ACLU on behalf of same-sex and straight couples for refusing to issue the licenses. She lost the case and all her appeals. She has returned to work and her office must issue same-sex marriage licenses.