David Vincent Moore and his fiancée, a couple currently residing in Kentucky, went to get married this week but were turned away by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.
The encounter with Davis, who is obviously anti marriage equality, was captured on video. At the time of writing it has reached over 1,000,000 views. You can watch the first video below:
However, there is also another video that they have posted with a better view of the clerk’s desk:
If you watch the first video, you will see that after waiting over half the video they are told that if they want a marriage licence then they need to go to a neighbouring county for one. After a bit of a battle, and even after a police officer was summoned by staff, they were finally allowed to approach the counter. The couple even pointed them to a letter from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear that directs all their clerks to comply with the SCOTUS ruling.
Despite this, however, they were still refused a marriage licence.
Davis said this regarding the events: “I have convictions that rule my conscience. I can’t put my name on a marriage license as issued to a same sex couple. God is my first love, and I will stand for Him. And if it means I get thrown out of office, we’ll deal with that when it comes.”
The American Civil Liberties Union has already filed a class action lawsuit against Davis on behalf of four couples, and are is stating that Davis’ refusal is unconstitional and are seeking an injunction ordering her to start issuing licences.