Kentucky County Clerk: The Problem Is Same-Sex Couples Want Me To Do My Job

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis of Kentucky complains that gay and lesbian couples can get a marriage license from other county clerks, so if they would just do that he wouldn’t have a problem on his hands since he refuses to issue marriage licenses to those couples.

Oh, and then there’s the fact that he faces contempt of of court charges by defying the recent SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality.

Government officials don’t get to pick and choose which duties they do and do not want to do. When Davis took office, he swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. That now includes the constitutional right of gays and lesbians to marry.

Davis complains that issuing such licenses would somehow mean he is “participating” in or “approving” of the wedding. It’s not. It’s filling out and signing a form.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has advised county clerks to either do their jobs or resign.