USA Today reports:
Defying the Supreme Court, a county clerk says she was acting under “God’s authority” Tuesday while continuing to deny marriage licenses to gay couples, whose lawyers asked a federal judge to hold her in contempt of court.
The Supreme Court refused Monday to allow Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office to deny the licenses because of her religious beliefs. However, on Tuesday morning, she turned away at least four couples.
“To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,” Davis said in a statement on the website of her lawyers, Orlando-based Liberty Counsel. “It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me, it is a decision of obedience.”
Yet Ms Davis herself is on her fourth marriage!
But her detractors mock her moral stand, noting that Davis was married and divorced three times before marrying her fourth husband.
Pretty sure God says divorce is wrong also.
Davis won her $80,000-a-year office in November, running as a Democrat, and succeeded her mother who served as county clerk for 37 years, according to The Morehead News.
County Clerks don’t get to decide which laws they obey. Her job is to implement the law, not to place herself above it.
Later in the morning, lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union filed two motions in U.S. District Court to hold Davis in contempt of court and compel her to start issuing marriage licenses again to those who apply. They want her to be severely fined, not jailed.
Maybe an $80,000 fine to match the $80,000 salary she is paid.
Regardless of your view on same sex marriage, it is the job of public officials to uphold the law.