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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Antigay Kentucky Clerk Refuses Gay Couple Marriage License

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Antigay Kentucky Clerk Refuses Gay Couple Marriage License


Cameras were recording every moment as the staff of renegade Kentucky clerk Kim Davis defied a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Cellphone video captured the moment the staff of an antigay county clerk in Kentucky defied the order of a federal judge to issue marriage licenses.

As The Advocate reported Thursday, the staff of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to obey a court order demanding that she start issuing marriage licenses, when the same-sex plaintiffs in the court case requested one.

The attempt by David Moore and David Ermold and their entire visit to Davis's office is now online, showing a deputy clerk citing Davis's decision to defy the federal judge's order.

The couple joined three other couples -- two of them straight -- in suing Davis after she stopped issuing all marriage licenses following the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Davis claims her religious beliefs allow her to refuse to issue the licenses. While she wouldn't have to perform any marriage ceremonies, she insists that by issuing the license, she is endorsing same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning, however, didn't buy Davis's reasoning and ruled that her religious beliefs do not exempt her from performing her secular duties as a government official. In his ruling, Bunning wrote that Davis "is refusing to recognize the legal force of U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence in performing her duties" and her "religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk."

Davis was not in her office when the couple tried to get a license Thursday morning, and said to be on vacation.

The office is represented by the notorious antigay legal organization Liberty Counsel. The clerk is defying the order on that group's advice, according to the deputy clerks. Davis plans to appeal the decision.

A previous video of the other gay couple being turned away by the clerk went viral in early July.

Watch Moore and Ermold attempt to get their license below.

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