Monday Night, the U.S. Supreme court ruled that County Clerk Kim Davis must comply with the decision to allow same-sex couples to marry. Tuesday, plaintiffs in the case arrived to receive their marriage license but were, yet again, turned away by the county clerk.
In response the ACLU has filed a motion Tuesday to hold the Kentucky Clerk in contempt of court for failing to comply with the Supreme Court’s Ruling.
“It is unfortunate that we’ve been compelled to take further action today to ensure that the people of Rowan County can obtain the marriage licenses they’re entitled to receive from their County Clerk’s office.” Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union wrote, “The law is clear and the courts have spoken. The duty of public officials is to enforce the law, not place themselves above it.”
The ACLU is not seeking to incarcerate Davis, but instead is urging the court to impose fines “sufficiently serious” to compel her immediate compliance.
Kim Davis had applied for an emergency stay from the court order compelling her to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Yesterday Heather Weaver of the ACLU wrote:
“With the Supreme Court’s decision, Davis has no legal grounds to continue defying the district court’s order. Citing her religious beliefs, she nevertheless again refused to grant a marriage license this morning to April Miller and Karen Roberts, our clients in Miller v. Davis.
But Davis’s duty as a public official is to enforce civil law, not her own personal religious views. A court has ruled that, under the Constitution, she must do her job now, and, as we all learned in civics class, the rule of law means that she cannot flout the court’s order with impunity. That’s why this morning, the ACLU and ACLU of Kentucky filed a motion to hold Davis in contempt of court. We’ve asked the court to impose steep monetary fines on Davis to induce her to comply with the injunction and issue marriage licenses to local couples like our clients.”
There are still twelve counties in Alabama that refuse to issue licenses to couples. To put this matter to rest, the courts need to comply with the supreme court’s ruling. We need citizens that are considering going to other counties to receive a marriage license to stand up for their rights in their own county of residence.
If you, or anyone you know, LGBT, or otherwise, are thinking of marrying but are being told to go to another county for your marriage license please contact Equality Wiregrass at: