Daviess County clerk refuses to grant same-sex marriage licenses

Sherri Healy, Daviess County clerk

At the end of a tumultuous three days, hundreds of same-sex couples are still getting marriage licenses. The Indiana attorney general is still waiting on a motion to at least temporarily stop same-sex couples from getting licenses, but there's still no ruling from the Federal Appeals Court in Chicago.

Of the state's 92 counties, only four are refusing to issue licenses. Most are waiting for clarification from the state, a county judge or county attorney. But in southwest Indiana, the Daviess County clerk is refusing.

Sherri Healy is standing her ground on religious principles, and she's facing opposition from within her own family.

Kevin Fyffe of Indianapolis and his partner Doug have been a committed couple for nine years. The only reason that is newsworthy today is because his sister is Sherri Healy.

"We are going to disagree on a lot of things. We always have and still do," said Fyffe, who understands where Healy is coming from. He says she was raised in a very religious family.

"I did state I feel like our country was founded on the biblical principal that marriage is between one man and one woman and I felt I would stand on that principal until I get an order to do otherwise," said Healy.

These two have split ways since a family photo where young Kevin sits in his older sister Sherri's lap.

We asked Kevin if he thought his sisters stand would hurt her politically.

"She is going to finish out her term, she said a long time ago, that 2014 would be end of her term and she plans to move to Haiti to do missionary work in Haiti," he said.

Even though Fyffe sees the world much differently than the older sister, who held him in her lap for this childhood church picture, he doesn't hold any animosity either.

"She puts her Christianity to work. She doesn't just talk the talk. She walks the walk. And I respect her for that," he said.

"That didn't surprise me. I respect her religious convictions. I was probably more disappointed in the fact that she is not following the new law of the land," said Kevin. "I thought she would still hold her nose and do it."

Meantime, for Daviess County same-sex couples hoping to take advantage of Judge Richard Young's ruling this week, it's been frustrating.

"I feel totally discriminated against," said Colvin, whose efforts to marry his partner of 13 years have been rebuffed by the County Clerk. "Friends in Evansville, Terra Haute and indianapolis are calling and they are like we just got married and I am like here I am in Washington, Indiana and I can't get married."

In fact, Fyffe was in touch with Healy about it.

"I sent her a text message because I had seen a map online of the different counties that were honoring the ruling and those that were not. And I saw Daviess County was not," he explained. "She responded immediately. No, she was not, until the state ordered her to."

"Until we get a direct order we are not issuing them at this time. So until I am ordered from the state, until my circuit court judge orders me to do it I don't feel like I can," Healy said.