When Amanda and Samantha applied for a marriage license at the
county courthouse, they were told that they were an "abomination".
In 2016, high-school sweethearts Amanda and Samantha went to the courthouse in Gilmer County, West Virginia to get married. The clerk, however, mistreated and harassed the couple. She began shouting that they were an abomination, that what they were doing was wrong, and that God would “deal” with them. And she claimed that she has a religious right to engage in this abusive behavior.
When Amanda and Samantha complained to the clerk’s supervisor, she defended the clerk’s behavior and said that any other same-sex couples seeking to marry would receive the same hostile treatment—or worse.
No couple should have to endure harassment and abuse at the hands of a government employee. Religious freedom does not give government officials a right to treat people unequally or unfairly.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees equal treatment under the law and bars this type of discrimination. And with this lawsuit, Americans United is fighting to ensure that it does not happen again.
Learn More About The Case:
Amanda And Samantha's Complaint Filed In The U.S. District Court For The Northern District Of West Virginia
Amanda And Samantha's Story
Watch AU Fellow Kelly Percival Explain Amanda And Samantha's Case:
Americans United Press Release Upon Filing Lawsuit On Behalf Of Amanda And Samantha
Pictured Above: Amanda And Samantha, Plaintiffs In The Case. Download Image Here.
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