Clerk Sues Governor: Marriage Order Unconstitutional
A county clerk in Kentucky who was sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses is now suing the governor.
She claims he violated her religious freedom by telling all of the clerks in the state they have to issue marriage licenses to all couples or resign.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis filed the federal lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday.
Four couples sued Davis last month after she denied them licenses.
Davis wants the judge to force the governor to accommodate her Christian conviction that marriage is only the union of a man and a woman.
"In no uncertain terms, Governor Beshear's policies and directives are intended to suppress religion - even worse, a particular religious belief," Davis' lawsuit alleges.
It adds, "Governor Beshear is forcing clerks like Davis to choose between following the precepts of her religion and forfeiting her position, on one hand, and abandoning one of the precepts of her religion in order to keep her position, on the other hand."