NEWS: The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Kentucky county clerk who has claimed for months that she has a religious liberty right to refuse to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.
The Supreme Court, without dissent, turned down her appeal and agreed with lower courts, which ruled that Kim Davis, as an elected government official, had a duty to comply with the law. Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the court ruled 26 June 2015 that same-sex couples have an equal right to marry.
A U.S. district judge in Kentucky gave Davis until 31 August 2015 to comply with the law, and the high court refused to waive that deadline.
The court’s action came in a one-line order, and it should make clear that government officials do not have a personal right based on their religious views to deny equal treatment to same-sex couples.
Davis was sued by same-sex couples who sought marriage licenses from her Rowan County office but were turned away.
Davis had maintained that she should be exempted from issuing the licenses because granting them would go against her Christian beliefs and violate her religious freedoms.
Davis’ attorneys have said that if her religious objection cannot be accommodated, “then elected officials have no real religious freedom” when they hold public office.