Commonwealth Policy Center

In 2015, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to give two men a marriage license. Last week, a federal jury awarded $100,000 in damages to those two men seeking to get married. After the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, Davis argued that signing a marriage license would violate her religious beliefs about marriage. The First Amendment protects our religious freedom, which is the ability to live and work according to one’s conscience. This includes government officials. When the court redefined marriage, many argued that it would put Christians in a difficult place. Nobody should have to choose between their conscience and the law, which is why this case is expected to be appealed.