MOREHEAD, Kentucky — When the Rowan County clerk’s office opens at 8 a.m. ET Monday, Kim Davis will have a decision to make.
In her absence, her subordinates have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Does she stop them? If so, how? Call a staff meeting? Fire them?
Or stay silent?
“We hope Kim Davis will follow the law and obey court orders,” said Amber Duke, a spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. “If she doesn’t, our attorneys will meet and decide our next action.”
Even Davis’ lawyers at Liberty Counsel, the Florida-based group that has been representing her, haven’t offered specifics on what she plans to do.
“Kim Davis is the only person that can decide what Kim Davis will do,” said one of her attorneys, Harry Mihet. “She has told the court and everyone else that she will not — under any circumstances — violate her conscience and the core of who she is.”
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, attorney Mathew Staver and her husband, Joe Davis, celebrates her release from the Carter County Detention Center last week in Grayson, Kentucky. Chris Tilley / Reuters
The ongoing saga has captivated the country — and personified the battle between same-sex marriage and religious freedom.
As the Rowan County clerk, Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June. The ACLU sued on behalf of several couples who were denied licenses, and earlier this month a federal judge
sent Davis to jail for refusing to comply with federal law. She was released last week after spending five nights in jail because most of her deputy clerks started issuing the licenses. Hundreds of her supporters cheered as she walked out of the Carter County Detention Center, flanked by her husband, her lawyer and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Speakers blared the rock anthem “Eye of the Tiger.”
“I just want to give God the glory,” she said onstage. “His people have rallied, and you are a strong people!”
As an elected official, Davis can’t be fired. Impeachment is unlikely, as she has many supporters within Kentucky and the Legislature doesn’t even meet until January.
Gov. Steve Beshear has said a special session before then is off the table.
She could resign, but she would have to give up her roughly $80,000 …Read More