America’s sweetheart Kim Davis isn’t the only so-called Christian clerk in Kentucky refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Meet Casey Davis and Kay Schwartz: they’re both Christians who don’t want to marry same-sex couples either, but unlike Kim Davis they just haven’t been sued for refusing to do so yet.
Both clerks practice their matrimonial bigotry in different ways: Davis has followed in Kim Davis’ footsteps (even though they’re not related) by refusing to issue ANY marriage licenses at all, same-sex or otherwise. Meanwhile, Schwartz only issues licenses to opposite-sex couples, promising to turn away any same-sex couple because it’s what Jesus would have wanted… or something.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the civil rights organization that pressed charges against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, says that they have no intention of pressing similar charges against Davis and Schwartz until they’ve resolved their case against Kim Davis first. NBC News considered a few possible reasons behind the ACLU’s focus on Kim David instead of Davis and Schwartz:
It could be that Rowan County was the only place where same-sex couples were willing to file a legal challenge that could draw national attention. It also could be that same-sex couples in Casey and Whitley counties chose to seek license from others jurisdictions. Some couples in those counties may be waiting to see what happens in Rowan County before seeking licenses.
After a rally supporting Davis and Schwartz this last July, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear ordered all clerks to stop being dillholes and start issuing same-sex marriage licenses like the Supreme Court told them to, adding, “The courts and the voters will deal appropriately” with any clerks who refuse.
Davis wants the Kentucky legislature to change the laws so that marriage applicants can receive their licenses online rather than through delicate Christians like himself, but Governor Beshear said he’s in no rush to “spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money calling a special session” to immediately resolve the matter. Instead, he says that the Kentucky General Assembly will decide what to do when they convene in four months time, adding that they “can make any statutory changes it deems necessary.”
But while they wait, Davis says he has already turned away about seven couples from his office and at least one same-sex couple. And if the U.S. Congress passes the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) which would allow any government employee to refuse services to same-sex couples, we can expect to see a lot more Kim Davis copycats nationwide.Kentucky Kim Davis marriage equality queerphobia USA