KY Clerk Kim Davis ordered to jail
The Kentucky Court Clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses after same-sex marraige became legal will spend her days in a jail cell until she decideds to do her job.
AP is reporting U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would stay in a cell until she complied.
According to AP, she said “thank you” before being taken into custody by US Marshals.
Think Progress is reporting marriage licenses could begin to be issues in Rowan County while Davis remains behind bars. KY state law allows a county’s judge executive to issue marriage licenses “in the absence of the county clerk, or during a vacancy in the office.”
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 whom 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.
It appears Davis was also mostly alone in her efforts to deny same-sex marriages in her office. In an interview with The Kentucky Trial Court Review, Cecil Watkins, the Rowan County Attorney said from the beginning he was not comfortable with Davis’s decision, saying he ”will not and cannot support” Davis in her defiance of the law.
Watkins went on to say other clerks in the office wanted to start issuing licenses, but “They are simply afraid to do so,” under the rule of Davis.
An Editorial note at the bottom of the KTC story summarizes the reporter’s observations of the situation from a local angle:
The takeaways from the Watkins interview are clear. Davis is acting alone in her zealous mission. Her conduct has terrorized not just her staff but everyone that works in the courthouse. And all for a foolish mission aided by out of state charlatan lawyers trying to raise money for their “religious liberty” mission.
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