LOUISVILLE, KY – And now it`s time for another episode in the continuing soap opera, ‘Defiant in Kentucky!’ At the center of the saga is Kim Davis….that county clerk who continues to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Davis says, “Effective immediately, and until accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issue by my office will not be issued or authorized by me.”
Just one day after returning to work after several days in the pokey, Davis suffered another legal setback. This time, she was asking a federal appeals court to exempt her from complying with the Supreme Court`s June decision on same-sex marriage.
In short order the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th circuit noted that “Davis has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on her federal constitutional claims.” Translation: you keep asking the same question and getting the same answer from the courts. Just do your job!
Shannon and Carmen Wampler-Collins did receive a marriage license from one of Davis’ employees, deputy clerk Brian Mason. Shannon said, “I mean, it’s been a 20-year process, so, I know this last bit has been, you know, pushed to the public forefront. Honestly, we never thought we would be here.”
Mason issued their license and says he will continue to issue same-sex marriage licenses, even if his boss tells him to stop.
Some, like the attorney`s for Kim Davis, are questioning the validity of any marriage license issued in Rowan County without her signature. Perhaps that will be answered in the next episode of….”Defiant in Kentucky!”