Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis (top image) continues to deny marriage licenses to gay and straight couples today, despite an order from the Supreme Court stating she must issue them.
UPDATE: U.S. District Judge David Bunning has ordered Davis to appear before his court on Thursday morning to face charges for ignoring her duties as an employee of the state.
Lawyers for the two gay couples who originally sued her have asked the judge to hold Davis in contempt of court, and have suggested financial fines instead of jail time.
“Since Defendant Davis continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform,” the lawyer’s told AP. They hoped the legal fees will “impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous” to convince Davis do return to her work or resign.
The defiant county clerk is scheduled to go before the Judge in Ashland at 11AM, 9/3, in Ashland.
Davis had entered the spotlight as the lone Court Clerk in America to deny license to gay couples since the SCTOUS ruling earlier this summer. She has continuously held issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples would go against her religious beliefs.
In the video below you can one of the gay couples, David Moore and David Ermold who have been together for 17 years, seeking a license fighting with Davis over her decision.
When asked “on whose authority” she was denying them, she replied “God’s authority.”
Davis, the elected Court Clerk in Rowan County, KY, has used her faith as her reasoning for denying same-sex marriage licenses. She stopped issuing the licenses within days of the SCOTUS ruling and has not issues a hetero or homosexual marriage license since.
She had appealed to local courts, her federal district court, and finally the Supreme Court, all of which said she must issue licenses or face contempt of court including fines and jail time.
Davis cannot be fired because she is an elected official, and instead she must resign the position or be impeached by KY elected officials.
BREAKING: A bill aiming to protect religious organizations when they deny services related to a same-sex wedding was passed by a voice in a House subcommittee today. Submitted by Delegate Nicholas J. Freitas (top image right, R-30, Culpepper) proposed to shield any person from punishment from the state, civil or otherwise, if they deny services [...]