Last month, same-sex marriage was officially legalized in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped some county court clerks from rebelling against the Supreme Court’s decision.

 

Three county court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. One of the clerks, Casey Davis, is denying couples their right to marry because he believes same-sex marriage violates his religious beliefs. Freedom of religion is an important principle to many in the United States, but whose rights are really being infringed upon in this case?

 

Last Thursday, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued a statement in support of same-sex couples right to receive a marriage license.

 

“One of Mr. Davis’ duties as county court clerk is to issue marriage licenses, and the Supreme Court now says that the United States Constitution require those marriage licenses to be issued regardless of gender,” said Beshear.

 

According to Davis, Governor Beshear told him to “issue marriage licenses or resign.” Davis has since said that he wouldn’t issue marriage licenses or resign.

 

Casey Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky

Kentucky County Clerk Casey Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling. (wkms.org)

Although Davis has refused to send in his resignation, other county court clerks have resigned over the legalization of same-sex marriage. In Tennessee, County Clerk Gwen Pope and two of her employees have left their positions in the clerk’s office over the Supreme Court’s ruling.

 

Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has been open about his hopes that there will be protection for county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses. Rapert is urging county clerks to refrain from resigning from their positions.

 

“Right now, courage means standing up for your beliefs and not resigning. Right now, religious liberty is under attack in America,” said Rapert.

 

It is within any American’s right to agree or disagree with same-sex marriage. However, refusing to issue a marriage license because of the couple’s genders is an infringement of civil liberties. As long as same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage, no one should be able to prevent their union.

 

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