(A part of me finds it hard to believe this case was still in the courts.)
A federal judge on Friday ruled that former Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis violated two gay couples' constitutional rights when she refused to marry them.
Davis briefly went to jail in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even after the US Supreme Court ruled that same year that the constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. In her refusal, Davis cited religion, saying she was "upholding the word of God."
"It is this Court's opinion that Davis violated Plaintiffs' constitutional right to marry," US Judge David Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky said in Friday's ruling.
The decision opens the door for the possibility of punitive damages for the couples she refused to marry, David Ermold and David Moore, and Will Smith and James Yates. Both couples filed civil suits against her, according to court documents.
What should have happened was she should have been fired for refusing to do her job! There is a differecnce between not believing in something yourself because of your religion and as a public servant, trying to force your religious beliefs onto others in the execution of your official duties. Happens a lot and needs to stop.
Am I missing something here? It says Kim Davis refused to marry a gay couple but my understanding of it was that she refused to issue a marriage license. Later her other office workers issued licenses anyway. Was Kim able to marry the couple but refused to do so? This is confusing.
When same sex marriage became legal in my state, one of the busiest marriage license agents simply quit issuing licenses, as his way of showing his disagreement with the new law.
Here on Kauai, most of our marriage license agents work out of their own small businesses, so issuing licenses brings more potential customers in, so it might have impacted his business in a small way, but that was his choice.
If he had stayed on in his role as marriage license agent, and refused to issue same sex licenses, it would have caused a stir for a while, so it was the right decision for him.
With the Kim Davis case, she was acting as an employee of the government, so she should have followed the law or changed jobs.