Tuesday, September 1st, in the early morning, two same-sex couples, accompanied by friends, supporters, television crews, and rowdy bands of protesters entered the Rowan County Courthouse to request marriage licenses from the elected county clerk, Kim Davis.

In defiance of the law, a court order, a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and common human decency, Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to the same-sex applicants. At one point, it had even appeared that Ms. Davis didn’t plan to so much as speak to the couples waiting at the front desk.

At first, Davis refused to attend personally to these couples, instead delegating to office employees the task of denying requests for marriage licenses on her behalf. Mrs. Davis was, at this time, comfortably ensconced in her office, blinds drawn, attending to other assorted busywork. She had stubbornly refused to make an appearance at the front desk of the office until David Ermold, one of the applicants, said, “Tell her to come out and face the people she’s discriminating against!”

At this, Ms. Davis reluctantly emerged from the depths of her office, and lumbered forth to face the angry crowd. “Under who’s authority are you not issuing licenses?” one man asked, to which she replied, “under God’s authority,” seeming to either forget or ignore the separation of church and state, and that society is not required to submit to the rules of Christianity as interpreted by Kim Davis. see article with video here.

Daniel J. Canon, a lawyer representing some of the same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses said, “She’s certainly in contempt of court by any definition of the term, so the district has an array of sanctions it can resort to, to deal with that.”

There are many who hope that Ms.Davis is forced to face the legal repercussions of her actions. The fact that she actively seeks to deny people their rights while simultaneously demanding that her own rights and beliefs are respected is angering to the gay community and to supporters of Marriage Equality everywhere . Elected officials have a responsibility to the communities they serve to uphold and obey the laws, even if that task is not always to their liking.

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