Kim Davis Asks to Be Excused From Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Although a typical wedding season ranges from May to October, June is the most popular month, accounting for 15% of the year’s weddings. With the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage that same month, June became a popular time for marriage in 2015. Since then, same-sex couples have been jubilantly tying the knot across the country.
Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about the Supreme Court striking down states’ same-sex marriage bans. And Kim Davis, a county clerk from Kentucky, has been of the more vocal dissenters.
After Davis’s recent arrest for deciding not to issue marriage licenses from same-sex couples, she has been released from jail and has a lot to say. Recently, the clerk appeared on Fox’s “The Kelly File,” where she vehemently defended the position that landed her in jail.
While Davis realizes that her decision to deny same-sex couples the right to a marriage license was grounds for arrest, she doesn’t believe that her position would be grounds for firing or resignation.
“If I resign, I lose my voice,” Davis told host Megyn Kelly on her segment. “Why should I have to quit something I love and am good at?”
According to People magazine, Davis believed that when she entered the position in January, she asked for accommodations due to her religious beliefs. She also felt it was valid that accommodations should be made for someone whose religious beliefs create obstacles with their daily work tasks.
The Fox host challenged Davis, positing if they made religious accommodations for her, they would have to make religious accommodations for everyone. Yet Davis still believed that her argument was “valid”.
Davis recently filed at an appeals court, asking to again be dismissed from issuing gay couples marriage licenses.
People also noted that one of her bid statements was that she was “likely to suffer irreparable harm by having to issue licenses”. Her request was shortly denied.