David V. Moore and his fiancé went back to the Rowan County Clerk‘s office where they had been ignored and bullied, armed with a copy of the SCOTUS, in addition to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s executive order requiring all county clerks to issue marriage licenses. In the video, employees appear to ignore the legal documents provided, continuing to refuse the couple’s request for a marriage license, while the Clerk Kim Davis hid in the back of the office. On his Facebook wall, Moore wrote;
“We were denied a marriage license on Monday, July 6 at the Rowan County Clerk’s office. Kim Davis is at the end of the video, but we turned it off at her request.”
Employees called the police, insisting that the couple’s supporters stop filming the anticipated rejection. A police officer arrives at the office toward the end of the video and speaks with employees. When Clerk Kim Davis finally emerges from her office (at the 11:00 mark), she tells them “Put your phone away.” Btw, Kentucky law does NOT forbid filming any interactions with public officials in a public place.
Davis has been sued by the ACLU for refusing to issue marriage licences to any couples — gay or straight — citing “religious concerns.” She is one of two clerks in Kentucky who are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In a press release issued after the group filed suit, ACLU of Kentucky’s cooperating attorney Laura Landenwich stated;
“Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith, and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs.”
As Towleroad reported, Governor Steve Beshear, Attorney General Jack Conway and Bill May, executive director of the Kentucky County Clerks Association, have all advised county clerks to issue licenses to same-sex couples. In addition to lawsuits, they say clerks may face criminal charges for official misconduct. Watch and be disgusted.
(via The Advocate)