A U.S. District Judge set a hearing for Thursday morning to determine whether to hold a County Clerk in contempt of court for failing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples whatsoever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v. Hodge. The Supreme Court held 5 -4 that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the U.S. Constitution.
“I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will,” Davis said in a statement. “To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s word. It is a matter of religious liberty.”
Presidential candidate and Florida Senator Marco agreed with Davis adding that the government should accommodate public officials who object to carrying out duties that violate their religious beliefs.
“We should seek a balance between government’s responsibility to abide by the laws of our republic and allowing people to stand by their religious convictions,” Rubio said in a statement to The New York Times, his first public remarks on the case.
“While the clerk’s office has a governmental duty to carry out the law,” he added, “there should be a way to protect the religious freedom and conscience rights of individuals working in the office.”
Senator Rubio has continued to publicly support the majority view of natural marriage.
“Marriage is the most important institution in our society, and I believe it should be between one man and one woman,” he said in his statement.