Dozens protest Rowan County clerk's decision on marriage licenses

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) - Dozens of people showed up at the Rowan County Courthouse in downtown Morehead on Tuesday morning. They are protesting a decision by the county clerk to no longer issue marriage licenses.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told WKYT she will no longer issue marriage licenses to any couples. Her decision follows a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on Friday, declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

She told WKYT that "It is my deep conviction and belief that God ordained marriage between a man and a woman. I can't be a part of this."

On Tuesday morning, dozens of people came out to protest her decision. There were also people there supporting her decision.

“I’m out here to support her (Davis) because of her Christian beliefs. I truly believe that if Jesus were out here He’d come over here and love these people like He loves me and you,” said Dennis Bushman.

Davis says her decision to stop issuing both straight and gay marriage licenses hasn't come easy. Through tears, she said she isn't holding back licenses out of hate or bigotry. Instead, she says she can't do something that she believes is wrong to the core of her being.

Davis points to Section 5 of Kentucky's Bill of Rights to back her decision. It says in part, "No human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience."

Protestors say if Davis continues to refuse to issue marriage licenses or if she won't step down they will consider legal action.

Davis tells WKYT that if any authority, even if the governor steps in, she will continue to stand by her beliefs.

Couples in Rowan County who wish to get married can go to other counties for a marriage license. At least one same sex couple was denied a license in Morehead on Tuesday.

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