Gay Couple First To Receive Marriage License After County Clerk Said No

"Civil rights are civil rights.”

When James Yates and his partner William Smith tried to obtain a marriage license in Rowan County, KY, they were denied.


Even though, as of June, a Supreme Court ruling allowed for same-sex marriage and said states cannot ban it, the head clerk of the Rowan County Clerk's Office refused to issue the couple their license.

As of Friday morning, though, head clerk Kim Davis was arrested and now sits in jail.

The court order she refused to follow stems from an Aug. 12 decision by Judge David L. Bunning, according to BuzzFeed.

Due to Rowan County continually refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Judge Bunning also added that, "The court will continue to have oversight of this matter." 

“We are very happy. Civil rights are civil rights.”

Those were the proud words that came out of James Yates after he was officially allowed to marry his partner. 

Overall, there were eight plaintiffs who sued the county clerk for denying them a license.

BuzzFeed added that two other counties, Casey and Whitley, are still refusing to issue licenses, but no one has filed a lawsuit at this time.

Although this is a major victory for same-sex couples, there is still a battle up ahead. Many still believe same-sex marriage is not OK in the United States or anywhere.

One protester named Penny Stinnett said they are selling "out their salvation" and added, "I think everybody in that office should have stood behind Kim Davis," as USA Today reported.

Her husband Joe stood behind his wife as well, saying, "She won't resign, I promise you," he said. "Until something gives, she'll be there."

However, as you can see in the video below, the many supporters of same-sex equality fully approve of the decision and were happy to see Davis overruled. 

You can watch the full story in the video below:


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