It’s not just Irion County in Texas ….

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Dave Ermold and David Moore

Irion County Clerk Molly Criner has been getting a lot of attention here in Texas for her steadfast refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But there are others around the country.

In Kentucky, David Ermold and his partner, David Moore, have video footage of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and her employees not only refusing to issue a marriage license to them, but calling the police on them as well.

The incident happened Monday, July 6, just a few days after the ACLU filed suit against Davis and Rowan County on behalf of four couples — two same-sex couples and two opposite-sex couples — who were denied marriage licenses by Davis’ office.

According to ABC News, Ermold said Davis “reiterated her religious views. She spoke to us about Adam and Eve and about Eve was from the rib of Adam. I was starting to get a little upset and I ended up walking out.”

“She was very specific in stating that she was denying our license based on her personal views,” he added. “She was worried about her own soul.”

Ermold and Moore, who have been together 17 years, said they know they could have gone to a different county to get a license. But they wanted to get the license in the county where they live, own property and pay taxes.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on June 26 issued a statement praising the Supreme Court decision for ending the “unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment” created by the patchwork of local and state laws regarding marriage equality. He also sent a letter to all Kentucky county clerks, reminding them of their oath to uphold the law and urging them to abide by the Supreme Court’s decision.

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—  Tammye Nash

Freedom to Marry Day, 2010

Kim Davis, right, and Rose Preizier
Kim Davis, right, and Rose Preizier

Last year on Feb. 12, Kim Davis and Rose Preizier were married in a ceremony outside Dallas’ Records Building during a Freedom to Marry Day event staged by Queer LiberAction. The newlyweds, backed up by supporters from QL, then marched into the Records Building to request a marriage license.

They were denied the license, of course, since Texas has a constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex marriages.

The amendment is still on the books this year, but that won’t stop Queer LiberAction and Equality March Texas, two direct action groups that are working together to once again mark Freedom to Marry Day with a wedding and a march into the Records Building to demand a marriage license for the newly joined couple.

This year’s Freedom to Marry Day event starts at noon on Historical Plaza, outside the Records Building. And this year, it seems, the LGBT activists are going to have some unwelcome guests at the wedding.

According to an e-mail I received today from our good buddy “Pastor Joey” Faust of Kingdom Baptist Church in Mansfield, “Many Christians (including Kingdom Baptist Church, and Pastor Faust) are planning on protesting this wicked event.”

The e-mail goes on to explain that Christians “should be the light and salt of this world,” and that they are called on by the Bible to “hinder evil by reproving it and exposing it.” Pastor Joey also reminds readers that Kingdom Baptsit is the group that staged the counter-protest outside Fort Worth City Hall last year when LGBT activists gathered outside to encourage the City Council to vote for including protections for trans people in the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, and that Kingdom Baptist was also “responsible for the Protest Gay Day event at the Texas Ranger’s stadium a few years ago.”

So, if you can, get down to Historical Plaza on Friday at noon and help make sure that the couple getting married that day have more well-wishers in the crowd than Pastor Joey and his group can muster up to try and ruin the day.сайтстатистика запросов сайта

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