Religious Objections No Excuse for Public Servants Not to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has denied a request from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky to issue a stay on a lower court’s ruling that orders her to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses—including to same-sex couples—regardless of her religious objections to marriage equality. US District Judge David Bunning had temporarily stayed his order directing her to do so while Davis appealed his decision to the Sixth Circuit.
“Public servants have a responsibility to serve the entire public, including LGBT people,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “Freedom of religion is important, and Ms. Davis has the fundamental right to believe what she likes, but as a public servant she does not have the right to pick and choose which laws she will follow or which services she will provide. If Ms. Davis feels as though she cannot fulfill her responsibilities, she should resign her public position.”
The fight isn’t over yet, Clerk Kim Davis wants to petition the Supreme Court for stay on marriage ruling. Though it seems unlikely the Supreme Court will take her case.