Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham is celebrating a “victory for religious freedom” after a federal judge dismissed three lawsuits against Kentucky clerk Kim Davis who refused to sign her name to marriage licenses for gay couples.
“I thank God for men and women willing to take a bold stand for biblical truth — no matter the cost,” Graham wrote on Facebook on Saturday, describing how Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples last year because of her Christian faith, which led to her spending six days in jail.
The Liberty Counsel, which has been representing Davis, reported on Friday that all three marriage license lawsuits against the Kentucky clerk have now come to an end, with the federal district court dismissing the case, closing the files, and removing pending cases from the docket.
Davis refused last year to issue marriage licenses that had her name and authority on them to gay couples, because of her religious belief that marriage is only between one man and one woman.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin later moved to sign an executive order to create a marriage license that does not require the county clerk’s name and title.
“Kim Davis has won! We celebrate this victory for her and for every American,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, in a statement.
“County clerks are now able to perform their public service without being forced to compromise their religious liberty. The case is now closed and the door has been shut on the ACLU’s attempt to assess damages against Kim Davis,” Staver added, referring to the secular law group’s case against Davis.
“This victory is not just for Kim Davis. It is a victory for everyone who wants to remain true to their deeply-held religious beliefs regarding marriage while faithfully serving the public,” he said.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post