FINALLY! Marriage Equality Arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky

by Stephen Peters

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the news that marriage equality has finally arrived in Rowan County, Kentucky. After a defiant county clerk was held in contempt of court yesterday for her refusal to follow the law, an official in the clerk’s office today finally complied with the law and began issuing marriage licenses.

“Today, the needless wait for loving and committed couples in Rowan County, Kentucky, has finally ended,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “Denied a constitutionally protected right to marriage by a public official who thought her religious opinion placed her above the law, these couples waited far too long for marriage equality in the place they call home. Justice, equality, and the law have finally prevailed.”

Citing “God’s authority,” the county clerk, Kim Davis, had refused to issue marriage licenses despite being ordered to follow the law by a federal judge and despite being denied stays on that order at all levels, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Davis was held in contempt of court on Thursday, September 3, after which the majority of her deputy clerks agreed to begin issuing marriage licenses in accordance with the law.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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