A Kentucky clerk's office denied a same sex couple their marriage license for the third time on Thursday, completely disregarding a federal judge's order (video below).
Two months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a constitutional right, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still refusing to marry same-sex couples because she says that it goes against her deeply-held religious beliefs, reports the Courier-Journal.
James Yates and William Smith Jr. have been together for nearly 10 years, and they are not about to give up.
"It's just making us want to press more," Yates said, describing each time Davis's office turns them away. "She can't get away with this because it will open the door for so many other rights to be just thrown away."
On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit of Appeals judges declined to stay an injunction against Davis, who insists that, by filing the stay, she does not have to cooperate until August 31, reports LEX 18.
Since the original ruling, she has refused to issue a marriage license to all couples, both same- and opposite-sex.
Yates does not believe that anything will change after August 31.
"They'll file something else to delay it. They'll make their own dates up," an overwhelmed Yates says in the video, standing outside the courthouse empty handed yet again.
“They don’t like gays, and they don’t want them to get married,” he adds. “And they will burn the earth and not let straight people in Rowan County get married either.”
Smith says that he would love for Davis to step down from her clerk position.
"There's no reason for her to be using her religious beliefs, in an elected official job, to be keeping people from their constitutional rights," he says. "It's just not right."
“We should be celebrating right now, enjoying our lives together and enjoying the fact that we could spend our lives together and have it recognized by our country,” Smith said. “Now we are just kind of on nerves.”
The couple plans to try again next week.