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  • Breaking: 6th Circuit Slaps Down Kim Davis' Request For Stay – Must Issue Licenses Monday

    A Kentucky clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses has exhausted one more avenue, and must issue marriage licenses starting next week.

    15-5880 #28 by Equality Case Files

    A three judge panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has just refused Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' request for a stay on a lower federal court judge's ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to couples regardless of gender.

    Davis claims issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a violation of her religious liberty. Her attorneys claim doing so would "substantially and irreparably" burden Davis' "conscience and deeply-held, sincere religious beliefs which dictate to Davis that such unions are not and cannot be 'marriage.'"

    The decision from the 6th Circuit (above) states the "injunction operates not against Davis personally, but against the holder of her office of Rowan County Clerk. In light of the binding holding of Obergefell, it cannot be defensibly argued that the holder of the Rowan County Clerk’s office, apart from who personally occupies that office, may decline to act in conformity with the United States Constitution as interpreted by a dispositive holding of the United States Supreme Court."

    UPDATE: Breaking: Rowan County Clerk Just Refused Marriage License To Same-Sex Couple

    "There is thus little or no likelihood that the Clerk in her official capacity will prevail on appeal," the judges state.

     

    Thanks to Equality Case Files for the order from the 6th Circuit
    Image by Mike Wynn via Twitter

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    • commented 2015-08-29 15:19:42 -0400
      Hb Richt Belonging to ‘organized’ religion, a denomination, or church does NOT make one a Christ follower.

      Grew up in a non religious home where my Dad said in many a conversation that one should worship ‘God’ as if they lived 50 miles from the nearest town with a church. Its how one treats others, and conducts their own life that speaks to their faith. It’s so dang easy (to use the old adage) to point out the sliver in someone else’s eye while ignoring the twig in ones own eye. And if ANY one wants to look for whom to blame for the cheapening of marriage they need only look to heterosexuals.

      Kim Davis being an excellent example, as it’s been noted she has been divorced four times and has probably issued many marriage licenses to folks who lived together before marriage, committed adultery or were married before and got a divorce. But unlike same sex couples their ‘sin’ was evident to her, although many states have a section of an application which asks if one has been married before.

      Consistency is so important to me, and she lacks consistency. And she works for a government agency by choice, which means she has to adhere to government law.

    • commented 2015-08-29 14:51:16 -0400
      Beth, thank you for your support and message; I am trying so very hard not to blame all Christians for some people’s actions but it is becoming more difficult each day… I personally am really starting to doubt if I wish to be any part of such a group. Growing up I was in a very conservative Southern Baptist congregation who, while being extremely judgmental (imagine!), also had not only a moral code but also had a strict limit on fairness to others even if they were considered unworthy of our fellowship.
      These last few months have exposed many people of righteous condemnation and pure hate – the Jesus I knew would never condone such ideology and criminal activity. I hope that somehow other Christians guide these poor believers back into the true path the Bible clearly shows we should follow which is how we should witness to others if we wish to help them.
      The protestant reformation was in response to such atrocities performed by the Roman Catholic Church – are protestants going to ignore these wicked ways ourselves? While I know I will always have Christ in my life and with me unless the church changes then it will be without me any longer (which makes me sad and feeling diserted by my faith).
      Should we not be more loud and active in this to protect the faith?

    • commented 2015-08-28 21:42:54 -0400
      Beth, I agree with you that this woman should at least lose the county clerk position. I’d go for malfeasance in office, a little time in the lockup would do her good.

      But the idea that there are christians that don’t feel like this is not born out by the evidence. If there was then why don’t we hear them speaking up and opposing people like this? Because all I hear is the bigotry from all the christians I encounter. Trying to enforce a single rule out of the Old Testament while ignoring all the rest isn’t very christian.

      Besides, I grew up a conservative Lutheran, and we were taught that the coming of Jesus negated the Old Testament’s rules. Not the Big Ten, but all the rest of the niggling, shoulder-joggling rules in the Old Testament. And Jesus was real big on love and not being judgmental.

    • commented 2015-08-28 12:47:34 -0400
      First off this woman is an elected official and as such the state legislator would need to impeach her. Since her state isn’t apt to do that I trust that Associate Justice Kagin of the US Supreme Court who hears cases for the district Ms. Davis state is in, will rule against her which will put her in contempt of court, and thus arrested and sent to jail.

      Secondly as much as I dislike her with every fiber in my body, I would hope people would not lump all Christians together. Some of us are moderate and even liberal in our views. Some of us would never even think of foisting our views on others.

      And many of us are the most vocal in saying this woman is wrong, wrong, wrong, unchristian and a hypocrite it it’s true she has never refused to issue a marriage license to heterosexuals who were divorced (like herself), had committed adultery, had sex before marriage.

      She and others like herself should be very, very careful because they open themselves up to having all their ‘sins’ exposed.

    • commented 2015-08-28 09:38:14 -0400
      You work in a government office. Your religion is to left at the door. Separation of church and state; does that ring a bell for you? You should have lost your job the first time you applied your religious beliefs to your job. You may NOT force your beliefs on others, contrary to what your minister says. You are a disgrace. You are going to lose your job, and quite possibly your freedom. Hope it’s worth it. God doesn’t say you are to hate people or discriminate. Did you forget that lesson? Oh, you know the one that says to forgive the sinners and love them just the same? Oh, missed that day at Sunday school, did you? I’m guess Pentacostal or Seventh Day Adventist or Nazarene or maybe even Jehovah’s Witness…..one of those backward religions that keeps others from being free (women, people of colour, LGBTs, etc.)

    • commented 2015-08-28 05:46:32 -0400
      She is a disgusting bigot. She is only trying to approach and ride out her 5 minutes of Facebook fame. I do not understand why she still has her job. It’s not like fast food where she has a young, punk ass manager— She works for the U.S. government. Wish someone would fix this problem like they have so many others.

    • commented 2015-08-28 05:16:41 -0400
      We are now approaching the age where people are exposed and being called out for white washing their bigotry, sexism and prejudice with Christian-Band Aids. People aren’t buying this warmongering inhumane product anymore. ‘Faith’ is supposed to be a good thing…leave it to a Christian to exploit it then refer to themselves as a ‘God Martyr.’ These stupid schizophrenics would lay down their own lives and sacrifice their own children for a set of immoral inhumane holy codes they believe came from God himself. Dont believe me?..read the book they’re constantly throwing in other people’s faces. Willingful-Ignorance is the most vile of human traits and it runs rampant among these ‘religious types.’

    • commented 2015-08-28 04:54:02 -0400
      She looks so unhappy! Apparently she thought she had at least a snowball’s chance in the hell of her own making and the appeals court dashed it to smithereens. Poor once-smug bigot. You’re in the real world now — a world with LGBT folks who have rights!

    • commented 2015-08-27 21:02:56 -0400
      I think Mrs Davis should stand with her convictions & quite her job that has great benefits, pay, medical & retirement plan. Then she can go work for some minimum wage, no benefits, podunk church in rural Kentucky that subscribes to her belief system. She needs a good dose of reality!

    • commented 2015-08-27 21:02:49 -0400
      This woman was hired to do a job, her religious bible thumping scruples should have no bearing on the job requirements, as religion does not cover homosexuals in the bible, her case does not have any bearing whatsoever on her decision not to do her job and should be terminated immediately

    • commented 2015-08-27 20:38:23 -0400
      Time for Mrs. Davis to be held in contempt of court and also charged with nepotism

    • commented 2015-08-27 20:36:50 -0400
      @janet Mitchell Romans 13:1-7 states, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

    • commented 2015-08-27 19:53:13 -0400
      Bible-thumpers make me sick! They are the worst of the worst!

    • commented 2015-08-27 12:20:29 -0400
      @janet Mitchel Uhm, She should just ignore 1 Peter 2:13-17

      13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,

      14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.

      15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.

      Titus 3:1
      Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

      But if she lived her faith she could not even HOLD this job. A job she had to swear an oath to get!

      James 5:12 ESV

      But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

      More cherry picking.

    • commented 2015-08-27 12:14:43 -0400
      Janet Mitchell you and she need to read Mark 12:17 ‘And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’. She chose to work for the government (Caesar) and needs to follow government law, or find another job. Did she ask heterosexual couples if they were non Christian, divorced, having sex outside of marriage, or having committed adultery before issuing marriage licenses and if they said yes would she have refused to issue a marriage license?

      Wonder if she eats unclean foods, has borne false witness, envied and desired something someone else had, or done ANY kind of work be it cooking, turning on a tv, on the Sabbath,

      This is a Constitutional Republic NOT a theocracy.

    • commented 2015-08-27 11:19:26 -0400
      Janet Mitchell: Which god (Moloch, Avesta, Asherah, or some petty agricultural god)? Which laws, Judaism is based on the Code of Hammurabi and the Laws of Babylon. Christianity, when it first appeared in 325 CE at Constantine’s Council of Nicaea, based its laws on the Emperor Theodosius. Can’t find the laws you refer to in any religion. Possibly you are fantasizing them for some diabolical agenda to trumpet the arrival of your god? Pathetic.

    • commented 2015-08-27 11:10:27 -0400
      She should defy this order as she does not have to issue any so called ssc any license. She should follow Gods law now mans.

    • commented 2015-08-27 10:47:43 -0400
      I hope there is a line of couples and they all have their cameras ready for when she is arrested.

    • commented 2015-08-27 10:17:09 -0400
      It would be awesome to have everyone in the state come to her office on Monday to get a license. Can you imagine having a line around the block when she walks in to work?

    • commented 2015-08-27 10:09:05 -0400
      The sad thing is that her son and daughter-in-law are deputy clerks who believe the same as she does. If she were to step down, her replacements are not any better! That office has been ran by her family for many decades

    • commented 2015-08-27 09:48:23 -0400
      Here is my few, I cannot stand religious movies but we have one opening this weekend which will bring a lot of “those” people that I do not agree with to our theater. But I will still smile and sell them tickets and say thank you because IT IS MY JOB…I may not like there chosen lifestyle and belief in fairy tales but it is there right and I am there to provide a service and that is what I get paid to do. So marry them or quit those are your options

    • commented 2015-08-27 00:46:47 -0400
      Beth, Things that would improve my attitude, Losing weight, stop aging, a boob job. I thought about adding that after I posted it but there’s no edit button. I think she is just a mean, ugly spirited, sour, ignorant woman and is not going to waver on her stance.

    • commented 2015-08-27 00:46:40 -0400
      I agree Beth DeRoos. It is very unnecessary. Although the hair and clothes are her choice.

    • commented 2015-08-27 00:41:19 -0400
      While I think she is 100% wrong, as a woman and someone who could stand to lose some weight myself I really detest the body shaming, nasty fat comments.

    • commented 2015-08-27 00:36:40 -0400
      Oh PLEASE refuse to issue them on Monday. PLEEEEEASE? There are SO many you could minister to through the prison ministries.

    • commented 2015-08-26 22:52:05 -0400
      Sometimes if you can’t do the job quit. Or if someone won’t do their job you fire them. How many problems did she cause the public by refusing to do her job? If your religion prevents you from doing your job as expected there is an issue with that, please take the correct actions.

    • commented 2015-08-26 22:33:53 -0400
      For those keeping up with this all along, she lost only because she very obviously didn’t fast enough. I mean fasting between lunch at McDonald’s’ and dinner at Red Lobster, then breakfast at Cracker Barrel doesn’t really count as fasting. And to think what her charade cost the Kentucky tax payers is shameful!

    • commented 2015-08-26 21:52:39 -0400
      No matter what she does she will still be a fat, ugly, aging idiot with man sideburns and her tits hanging half way to her knees when she takes her bra off…. so I don’t see her attitude improving any.
      Sit her in a flaming dingy and push it off to sea. I’m am fed up to here with crazy hatemongers.

    • commented 2015-08-26 20:35:34 -0400
      Why does this hypocrite still have a government job? She’s wasting time & taxpayer money.
      Talk about your inner ugliness showing. How did that troll even find 4 men desperate enough to marry her?

    • commented 2015-08-26 20:15:08 -0400
      So ironic that these folks are hostile to gay people, since they personify the term “drama queen.” It is a double win: the rule of law and the rights of gay people as equal citizens wins, and she can continue to be the tragic victim. Liberty Council is paying the bills, so don’t feel too sympathetic. If you feel you cannot do the job you are paid to do, it is your problem, not everyone else’s.

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