Video of Rowan clerk denying same-sex couple's marriage license goes viral

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) - Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk at the center of a federal lawsuit because she has stopped issuing marriage licenses, is now part of a video captured by a same-sex couple wanting a marriage license.

On Monday, Davis refused to issue a marriage license to David V. Moore and his partner of 17 years, David Ermold, during a visit to the clerk’s office in Morehead.

"We pay taxes here, just like everyone else, and we should be able to walk into the courthouse in the county we live in and get a marriage license just like anybody else would," Moore said Thursday.

Moore posted the video on his Facebook page and YouTube earlier this week, but it has since gone viral. The video gained national attention after Gawker posted a story on Wednesday. Since then, the film has been viewed more than 1.1 million times, a figure that is likely to grow as their story is told by other media outlets.

"It's kind of surreal to see sites that you read every day on Facebook and you're in them," Moore said.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against Rowan County and Davis, who stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples because of her opposition to same-sex marriage. She has told WKYT she is standing by beliefs that run to her core.

Moore is not part of that lawsuit, but the video comes after Davis took a stance against same-sex marriage.

"When we spoke with her I said 'I don't want you to lose your job, I don't want anything to happen to you,'" Moore said. "That's not what we're here for, we're just here to get a marriage license like anybody else could."

The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of two same gender and two opposite gender couples. The couples named in the suit are April Miller and Karen Roberts, Shantel Burke and Stephen Napier, Jody Fernandez and Kevin Holloway, and L. Aaron Skaggs and Barry W. Spartman.


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