Temporary Stay for Clerk Defending Traditional Marriage
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A temporary stay of the order in Kentucky has now been entered for Kim Davis.
Mat Staver: Mat, we’ve been representing Kim Davis. She is a clerk of court in Rowan County Kentucky. And when the June 26 opinion from five lawyers on the Supreme Court came down, regarding same sex marriage, she was faced with whether or not she would have to give out same sex marriage licenses.
And of course to do so is a direct collision of her free exercise of her rights and her core Christian values. So she refused to do so, the ACLU filed suit, a judge about a week or ten days ago issued an injunction requiring her to issue the licenses. We asked for a stay of the opinion and we got a temporary stay of this opinion right now. Don’t know how long it will last, it’s a temporary stay, but we’ll seek a further stay at the court of appeals.
But this particular saga goes on and Kim Davis is literally at the tip of the spear of this issue involving same sex marriage.
Matt Barber: Well, this is just a microcosm Mat, this displays, what this is all about. Here we have — and we were warned, long warned about this that, by the imposition by the court of so-called gay marriage, this would necessarily pit the government directly against the free exercise of religion.
And effectively what the homosexual activists are saying here is you must now adopt the new pagan orthodoxy, the government’s view, and you must violate millennia old Christian principles relative to sexual sin and you must be complicit and take part in that sin under penalty of law or you can’t hold a job! You can’t even operate, you can’t be a government employee for sure, but you can’t be a baker or florist or anything else.
So, this stay is very important because it will cause irreparable harm to Kim Davis’s religious freedom, her First Amendment guaranteed religious liberty if she is forced against her will to violate her conscience. And that is not what America is about.
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