Watch: Clerk caught on camera refusing marriage license to gay couple

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A gay couple have captured on camera their failed attempt to get a marriage license – despite the Supreme Court ruling.

The highest court in the US ruled last month that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, and must be recognised in all 50 US states.

However, when David Moore and his fiancé arrived at Rowan County courthouse in Morehead, Kentucky, they were denied a license.

The pair say: “We’ve been together for 17 years. We feel that it’s our right as citizens, according to the Supreme Court, that we should be able to get married.”

However, they’re initially told that they can’t buy a license there, and would have to go to “surrounding counties” instead.

The pair are kept waiting for several minutes as employees refuse to serve them, insisting that they “can’t help” and that the pair should go elsewhere.

It later emerges that County Clerk Kim Davis is flat-out refusing to issue licenses, and is refusing to provide marriage licenses whatsoever in the county citing “religious concerns”.


A woman thought to be Ms Davis then comes out and demands the camera is switched off. She continues to refuse to let the couple obtain a marriage license.

Ms Davis is facing legal action from four couples – two of whom are same-sex couples – over her refusal to do her job by granting marriage licenses.

The lawsuit is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union.