epa04911995 A Carter County Detention Center handout image released 03 September 2015 shows Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis in a booking photo after being put in jail for contempt of court for refusing several court orders to start issuing marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky, USA, 03 September 2015. The US Supreme Court ruled in June 2015 that gay couples had a constitutional right in the US to get married. EPA/CARTER COUNTY DETENTION CENTER(Photo: CARTER COUNTY DETENTION CENTER /, EPA)
As supporters of jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis prepared for a Tuesday rally featuring Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Davis remained in jail, even as her attorneys spent the holiday weekend fighting a judge’s order that sent her there.
Davis is the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A new appeal, filed Monday with the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, came four days after the Rowan County clerk was held in contempt of court for defying a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriage. Davis cited her religious beliefs in her refusal to issue the licenses.
Davis’ attorneys asked Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear to accommodate her “religious conviction” and have her freed from jail.
“Today is a holiday where most people are spending time with family and friends,” said attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel. “But for Kim Davis this is day five of her incarceration. While she is content no matter her circumstances because of her deep faith and Jesus, she should be free.”
Staver’s motion asks for an exemption from the governor’s mandate that all county clerks issue marriage licenses, even to same-sex couples. “Coercing Mrs. Davis to authorize and personally approve same-sex marriage in violation of her religious convictions and conscience is wrong,” Staver said.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning had ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses, but she refused, saying she could not betray her conscience. Bunning sent Davis to jail on Thursday. Her deputy clerks then issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday.
Davis herself has said she will not issue marriage licenses until the state legislature changes the law that requires marriage licenses be issued under the authority of the elected county clerk. The legislature is not scheduled to meet again until January, and Beshear, a Democrat, has refused to call a special session.
Davis has also refused to resign her $80,000-a-year position. As …Read More