County clerk testifies in federal court against same-sex marriage

COVINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Rowan County Clerk who is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union took the stand in federal court.

Kim Davis is refusing to issue any marriage licenses since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

Davis says by signing a marriage license, it shows she agrees with the marriage. She said during testimony, she can’t do that because her Apostolic Christian beliefs say same-sex marriage is wrong.

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Supporters of both sides of the debate gathered outside the courthouse Monday.

Inside, Davis said she made her decision not to issue any marriage licenses after a lot of thought, prayer and fasting. She believes marriage is between a man and a woman but to not discriminate, she is refusing to issue any marriage licenses.

Four couples, two same-sex and two opposite sex, are suing Davis for not issuing them a marriage license.

Davis says she is still upholding the Constitution because the first amendment protects her freedom of religion.

An attorney for those suing Davis says if other county clerks used Davis’ logic and denied marriage licenses for anything they say violated their religious beliefs, it would create chaos.

The judge’s decision isn’t expected until at least the week of August 11th.

When asked if Davis would start issuing marriage licenses if ordered by a judge, she said she couldn’t speculate and would deal with that when the time comes.

The Rowan County Judge Executive, Don Blevins, also took the stand.  He said in the absence or vacancy of a county clerk, the judge executive would issue marriage licenses
Blevins says he has never had to issue a marriage license.

He said he morally it would be a tough decision to issue a same-sex marriage license but he would follow the law and issue it.