|County Clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky refusing marriage license to same-sex couple|
Kentucky County Clerk has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear over her continued refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Davis maintains she has a right to deny same-sex couples equal treatment under the law because of her religious beliefs.
Late Tuesday, Davis filed a lawsuit against Beshear in federal district court. She blamed the governor for instructing all 120 of the state’s county clerks to comply with this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage.
Beshear’s stance left dissenting county clerks vulnerable to lawsuits, including two that she currently faces, filed by groups of her constituents, Davis said. U.S. District Judge David Bunning is expected to rule in these cases in coming days.
“The Commonwealth of Kentucky, acting through Governor Beshear, has deprived Davis of her religious-conscience rights guaranteed by the United States and Kentucky constitutions and laws, by insisting that Davis issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples contrary to her conscience, based on her sincerely held religious beliefs,” Davis’ lawsuit says.
Also named in the lawsuit is the head of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, which changed the marriage license forms to gender-neutral.