According to Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins, the deputy clerks in Kim Davis’ office would issue same-sex marriage licenses, but they’re too afraid of their boss to come forward. Watkins made the claim in an interview with the Kentucky Trial Court Review, which has recapped the not yet published story on their Facebook page. An excerpt:
Watkins indicates that Kim Davis “does not represent” Rowan County and is not representative of its inclusive values. From day one, Watkins told Davis “I will not and cannot support you” in her defiance of the law. Not only that he was clear he would not represent her as the law in the case of same sex marriage is clear. While he has no stance on same sex marriage, well-established federal law must be followed. Watkins wanted to emphasize several other things. First that everyone who works at the courthouse has endured cursing as they enter the building. And it’s not just at her office. Everyone in the courthouse is scared to come to work. Second that Liberty Counsel will leave Kim Davis high and dry when this charade is over. Watkins thinks the funds they raise off the case should go to Rowan County. Finally and most importantly he has learned that deputy clerks would issue lawful marriage licenses. They are simply afraid to do so. And if Judge Bunning instructs them to do so . . . they will. Davis has put, in the words of Watkins, her employees and everyone in the courthouse in a “terrible position.”
Watkins will be in court this morning as Davis and her staffers face federal Judge David Bunning. (Tipped by JMG reader Kirby)
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