There have been a handful of local scuffles between county clerks and marriage license seekers since the Supreme Court ruled that all couples deserve to have their loving commitments recognized by the government.
But to really see what some same-sex couples are facing in hostile areas, watch this video from Rowan County, Kentucky.
David Vincent Moore and his fiancé had been denied their rights before, so this time they came to the courthouse armed with the SCOTUS ruling, a letter from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear directing all clerks to act in accordance with the ruling, and a camera to capture discrimination in real time.
Now the clerk, Kim Davis, is being sued by the ACLU for refusing to carry out her duties.
“What has happened is that five lawyers have imposed their personal view of what the definition of marriage should be on the rest of us. And I, as a Christian, have strong views, too. And I know I don’t stand alone,” Davis incorrectly contends.
“Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith, and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs,” ACLU of Kentucky Cooperating Attorney Laura Landenwich said in a statement.
Watch the incident below; there’s a lot of waiting around — skip to the 9:30 mark for most of the action: