Although gay marriages have been officially acknowledged in the United States, there are clerks who still refuse to officiate same sex marriages because they think this practice does not mirror their religious beliefs. A gay couple has received gay marriage license in Kentucky only after the clerk was arrested for refusing to recognize their relationship.
James Yates and William Smith Jr. decided to get married on Thursday, but clerks at the Kentucky County were not willing to offer them a marriage license. According to their declaration, clerk Kim Davis told them that she did not want to officiate same sex marriages because they were not religious.
Authorities arrested the clerk on accounts that she did not observe the Supreme Court’s decisions on same-sex marriages. She was asked to adopt a new ruling according to which deputies would have had the right to marry gay couples. The clerk rejected the proposition which is why she is still in prison.
The gay couple, on the other hand, received the much-awaited certificate after Judge David Bunning intervened and asked the deputies to provide same-sex marriages. He told the press that such problems occur especially when people are given the freedom to choose which orders they want to follow.
Mr. Davis, the clerk’s husband, was seen on early Friday morning outside the Kentucky courthouse. He declared that his wife has decided to stay in jail until judges admit that clerks have the right to choose which marriages they should license or not. He further expressed his belief that the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriages is not a law, but a mere proposition.
Religious beliefs are often invoked by Kentucky clerks when it comes to rejecting same sex marriages. Davis has become a symbol of their fight against gay marriages. There are now 120 clerks who stand by Ms. Davis and accuse judges of rubbing her of her right to make a choice.
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