In the interview, Schaefer (top image) said he personally believed in the rights for LGBTQs to marry in the Commonwealth, but in following his duties as a court clerk, he had to deny licenses to those who sought them.
“I’ve always said, if you want me to substitute my beliefs for the law, you want a king not a clerk,” Schaefer told the VA Pilot. He called himself an “unwilling litigant” in the case which pitted same-sex couple Tim Bostic and Tony London against the state, and specifically Schaefer as the clerk followed the 2006 voter-approved ban.
“The people of Virginia make these decisions, and I have to carry them out,” he said.
“My beliefs are irrelevant… I’m a Roman Catholic, yet we do zillions of divorces every year,” the clerk said. “It doesn’t matter what I believe about divorce. I follow the law.”
Mean while, in KY, County Clerk Kim Davis has chosen to do the opposite – use her personal believes as a reason to not do her job. Her defiance landed her in a jail cell for four days.