Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has now been joined by two judges using different arguments.
Judge Vance Day from Marion County, Oregon when a federal court ruling in May 2014 made same-sex marriage legal in Oregon, instructed his staff to refer same-sex couples looking to marry to other judges. Judge Day no longer does marriages.
Jeffrey M. Atherton from Hamilton County, Tennessee refused to divorce of a straight couple who wanted to split, claiming straying allegiances and irreconcilable differences. According to The Washington Post Judge Atherton stated, “The Tennessee Court of Appeals has noted that Obergefell v. Hodges … affected what is, and must be recognized as, a lawful marriage in the State of Tennessee. This leaves a mere trial level Tennessee state court judge in a bit of a quandary. With the U.S. Supreme Court having defined what must be recognized as a marriage, it would appear that Tennessee’ s judiciary must now await the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court as to what is not a marriage, or better stated, when a marriage is no longer a marriage.”
Presidential candidate and former governor, Mike Huckabee recently tweeted: “Kim Davis In Federal Custody Removes All Doubts About The Criminalization Of Christianity In This Country.”
Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz said of Davis’ sentencing, “Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny.” He called on “every believer, every constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis.”
Jailed Kentucky clerk Davis argues from her jail cell that marriage licenses issued without her authority Friday to gay couples in Rowan County are void and ‘not worth the paper they are written on’ because she didn’t signed off on them, her lawyer said.
Has the Religious Freedom Revolution begun?