For the third time, a Kentucky county clerk’s office is declining to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Citing her Christian faith and the right to religious freedom, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay “marriage” on June 26.
Davis had so far refused to issue licenses to two gay couples when a Kentucky court of appeals ruled on August 26 that the clerk’s office had to start issuing the licenses.
The next day, two gay men, Davis James Yates and William Smith Jr., were turned away by a deputy clerk in Davis' office. The deputy informed the men that Davis thinks she can legally withhold marriage licenses until Monday under an order issued this month by U.S. District Judge David Bunning.
“They’ll file something else to delay it and they’ll make up more dates,” Yates said to Kentucky.com. “They don’t like gays and they don’t want them to get married, and to stop it, they’ll burn the Earth and not let straight people get married, either. That’s all that matters to them.”