Roger Gannam of Liberty Counsel explained his client’s position on Tuesday while being interviewed on CNN’s “New Day.”
“The bottom line is that Kim Davis cannot [personally] authorize a union of persons that she does not believe is marriage according to her religious beliefs,” he said. “That’s all she’s doing—withholding her [personal] authorization of that.”
“Because her deputy clerks only have authority to issue licenses under Kim Davis’ authority, they can’t do it either,” Gannam continued. “But if they can issue licenses under someone else’s authority and in someone else’s name, Kim Davis would not stand in the way of that.”
Liberty Counsel Founder Matt Staver made similar comments to CNN last week, stating that all Davis wants is her name removed from the licenses—that she is not seeking to stop same-sex “marriage” from going forward in her state.
“She’s asked for one simple accommodation for her faith—not just for her, but for all the other clerks in Kentucky that are similarly situated—and that is, remove her name and title from the marriage certificates. That’s all she’s asking for,” he explained.
“She’ll issue the certificates, but she doesn’t want her name and title on it because that in her understanding and mind is authorizing something that is contrary to her Christian values and convictions,” Staver said. “The judge should just order the marriage licenses to remove her name and title, and that would solve the matter.”