A county clerk in the state of Kentucky will have to issue same-sex marriage licenses despite her religious beliefs. On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or risk setting a “dangerous precedent.” The ruling comes a couple of months after same-sex marriage became illegal naturally.
The ruling was made by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning, who believed Davis interfered with the fundamental right to marry by refusing to issue marriage licenses to four same-sex couples bases on her religious beliefs. Davis vowed not to issue the licenses following the Supreme Court ruling back in June. In a 28-page ruling, Bunning wrote:
“She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County jail. She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County clerk.”
Roger Gannam, an attorney with the Liberty Counsel, the religious freedom organization representing Davis, said the group is planning to appeal Bunning’s ruling arguing that the ruling forces Davis to violate her beliefs, he also said that it appeared that the ruling “said there’s a new right to same-sex marriage and it trumps all others.”