Target: Rowan County Clerk, Kim Davis
Goal: Stop denying gay couples marriage licenses based on religious freedom.
A county clerk has refused to grant a marriage license to a gay couple for the third time in recent weeks, citing religious freedom as an excuse. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues to reject the gay couple and says that it would violate her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian to do so.
James Yates and William Smith Jr. have been a couple for nearly 10 years and are part of a handful of gay and straight couples who are being denied marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a constitutional right. Davis has refused to issue licenses to all couples since that decision. While the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to stay an injunction against Davis, the office is still subject to a temporary stay. Until the stay is over, no paperwork will be provided to couples.
County clerks such as Kim Davis are on the wrong side of history and are fighting against a decision that has already been made by the Supreme Court. Instead of making all couples miserable and not granting them marriage licenses, they should respect the law and treat all couples equally.
Religion is not an excuse to deny others a constitutional right. Please sign the petition below and demand that county clerk Kim Davis stop denying couples marriage licenses just because she is an Apostolic Christian.
Dear Mrs. Kim Davis,
I am deeply troubled by your reaction to the United States Supreme Court decision that says marriage is a constitutional right. Denying couples marriage licenses is wrong and gay couples such as James Yates and William Smith Jr. (whom you have denied three times) deserve happiness just like any other couple.
Surely you know that digging your heels in only prolongs the inevitable and simply makes things more difficult for gay couples. While I respect that you have strong beliefs as an Apostolic Christian, you should respect that others have different beliefs as yours and obey the law. Despite what you may think, your religious convictions do not excuse you from performing official duties and upholding your oath of office.
I’m sorry that you feel so strongly about this that you will blatantly disregard a Supreme Court decision and deny others happiness that has no effect on your lifestyle. If you do not agree with this decision, then you should find a job more suitable to your beliefs.
[Your Name Here]
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