MOREHEAD, Ky. — A clerk’s office turned away gay couples who sought marriage licenses on Thursday, defying a federal judge’s order that said deeply held Christian beliefs don’t excuse officials from following the law.

The fight in Rowan County began soon after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in June. County Clerk Kim Davis cited her religious beliefs and decided not to issue marriage licenses to any couple, gay or straight. Five couples sued in federal court, and legal experts likened the case to the resistance some local officials in the South put up five decades ago after the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage.

“I will say that people are cruel, they are cruel, these people are cruel,” said a tearful David Ermold, who was denied a license to marry his partner of 17 years. “This is how gay people are treated in this country. This is what it’s like. This is how it feels.”

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Terry T says:

    Perhaps State governments should issue only “civil union” licenses which would entitle the couple to all the legal perks of a “marriage” The couple can then plan their own formal (or informal) procedure – be it a “marriage ceremony”, a “commitment service”, or other. They could go to a church, a justice of the peace, a ship’s captain, or whoever is authorized by the State to sign the license. That provider is not required to issue a “marriage” certificate – that would depend on their personal beliefs.

    Government should stay out of the religious issues and not try to define “Marriage” or “Holy Matrimony”.

  • 7papa7 says:

    Kim Davis is to be applauded for her courage. She is following the directives of SCOTUS by not issuing any marriage licenses.

  • Stephen Lopez says:

    There is nothing supreme about the supreme court. Eric walked the walk. Those who helped passed the law should have recused themselves. Judge Ginsberg and Judge K. Forgot her last name. Those two votes should not been counted. Since these two judges participated in the marriage of gay couples. The other supreme justices should have fought tooth and nail to make sure those votes were annulled. Supremes, no criminals. The two that we’re already tainted by their own bias for homosexual marriage. Abominable.

  • Joe Are Hintz says:

    YEAH ERIC!!!! God’s plan does not EVER change, OR justify these excrement from hell!!!!!

  • KentS says:

    More of this please. Amen.

  • jdbixii says:

    Without a political consideration for the purpose of marriage, there is no
    logical rationale concerning the notion of homosexual relations. Equality is a political notion, not to be found in the reality of the diversity of human abilities which disprove equality. People behave according to their understanding and their consciences. Because of understanding and conscience, they are unequal, voluntarily or not. When government recognizes a purpose other than the revenue to be derived from licensing and litigation because of its costs, it will cease to be a whore justifying everything based on the equality or sameness of everything.

    1. Luke says:

      Many who make our laws even through activism lack clear judgement, morals and integrity,

    2. Joe Are Hintz says:

      WELL SAID! I usually do not engage intellectual vocabulary…most cannot comprehend simple speech!!!

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