This week, the Human Rights Campaign sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging the Justice Department to issue a conclusive determination confirming the validity of marriage licenses issued in Rowan County Kentucky that are recognized by the state despite County Clerk Kim Davis's months' long anti-LGBT protest. Davis began refusing to issue marriage licenses immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. This case found that same-sex couples had a constitutionally protected right to marry and that states could not interfere with this fundamental right. Although a federal court determined that Kim Davis must begin issuing marriage licenses, she refused. She was found in contempt of court and was arrested. The Deputy County Clerks began issuing licenses to all couples earlier this month. Although these licenses are validly signed by the Deputy Clerks and are recognized by the state of Kentucky, Kim Davis and her attorneys question their validity.
We urge the Justice Department to publicly affirm the validity of these licenses. Marriage equality has finally arrived in Rowan County and federal assurance is critical to provide the security and certainty that every Rowan County couple expects and deserves.