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The county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said Monday on her return to work she will not block her deputies from issuing them but will not authorize them personally, as one couple celebrated a coming marriage.Shannon and Carmen Wampler-Collins received a marriage license late Monday morning from a deputy clerk as friends and family gathered in the clerk’s office chanted “love has won” and demonstrators opposed to gay marriage shouted in the background.The couple, now 45 and 46 years old, respectively, had a commitment ceremony 20 years ago and have two sons. They legally changed their name years ago.Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was jailed for five days earlier this month for refusing to comply with a judge’s order to issue licenses in line with a Supreme Court ruling in June that made gay marriage legal across the United States.Davis, 49, has been under the threat of returning to jail if she interferes in the issuance of licenses.Before the county office opened, Davis said she doubted the validity of the licenses to be issued and told a news conference they would not carry her name, title or personal authorization.Davis said she would take no action against deputy clerks who issued licenses but does not believe they have the authority to do so. The license given to the couple said it was being issued under a federal court order.”I’m here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans: my conscience or my freedom,” Davis said.A lawyer for Davis, Harry Mihet, said her attorneys plan to file a lawsuit this week asking a state court judge to force Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to make an accommodation for Davis.

“The license that went out today does not violate Kim Davis’s conscience,” Mihet told a news conference.Mihet said the license format was a good faith effort to meet U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order. He said Bunning had said he would accept some change to the marriage license.CAR TAX PROTESTDavis supporters have called for Deputy Clerk Brian Mason, who has been issuing licenses, to be fired.

Critics include Jeff Grubb, an atheist who has lived in Morehead …Read More

The county clerk from Kentucky jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said Monday on her return to work she will not block her deputies from issuing them but will not authorize them, as one couple celebrated their marriage.Shannon and Carmen Wampler-Collins received a marriage license late Monday morning from a deputy clerk as friends and family in the clerk’s office chanted “love has won” while demonstrators opposed to gay marriage shouted in the background. Outside, Davis supporters called gay marriage a sin.The couple, now 45 and 46 years old, respectively, had a commitment ceremony 20 years ago and have two sons. They legally changed their name years ago.Elizabeth Johnston and Flip Benham, who organized rallies for Davis at the county jail, called for Deputy Clerk Brian Mason, who has been issuing licenses, to be fired.Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been under the threat of returning to jail if she interfered in the issuance of licenses.Davis said she doubted the validity of licenses that are set to be issued, which she said would state that they are being issued under U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order.Davis told a news conference any such licenses would not carry her name, title or personal authorization. She said she would take no action against deputy clerks who issued licenses but does not believe they have the authority to do so.”I’m here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans: my conscience or my freedom,” Davis said.

Jeff Grubb, an atheist who has lived in Morehead for 30 years, told a deputy clerk he would stop paying his annual car taxes. “She’s not doing her job, and I’m not going to use my tax money to support … this county government until they recognize the separation of church and state,” Grubb said.The issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky and other states has become the focal point in a long-running debate over gay marriage, which became legal nationwide following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June.Supporters see Davis as being persecuted for her beliefs while opponents say she is abdicating her duties by trying to ban gay marriage which is now the law …Read More

The county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said Monday she will not authorize the licenses now that she has returned to work, but she will not block her deputies from issuing them.Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been under the threat of returning to jail if she interfered in the issuance of licenses.Davis said she doubted the validity of the licenses that are set to be issued, which she said would state that they are being issued under U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order.Davis, who returned to work on Monday, told a news conference any marriage licenses issued would not carry her name, title or her personal authorization. She added she would take no action against deputy clerks who issue licenses, although she does not believe they have the authority to do so.”I’m here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans: my conscience or my freedom,” Davis said.A pack of reporters crowded into the clerk’s office on Monday morning, where there were no applicants for marriage licenses. Davis’ supporters rallied outside, saying gay marriage is a sin.The issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky and other states has become the latest focal point in the long-running debate over gay marriage, which became legal nationwide following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June.

Her supporters see her as being persecuted for her religious beliefs while her opponents say she is abdicating her duties as a public servant by trying to ban gay marriage which is now the law of the land.Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Davis announced an office policy that no marriage licenses would be issued. Gay couples who were denied licenses challenged her policy. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis jailed for contempt on Sept. 3 for refusing to comply with his order to issue licenses in line with the Supreme Court ruling. He ordered her released five days later when the licenses were being issued by deputy clerks.

In his release order, Bunning warned Davis there would be consequences if she interfered with the issuance of marriage licenses, directly or indirectly, when …Read More

The county clerk from Kentucky who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said Monday she will not authorize the licenses now that she has returned to work, but she will not block her deputies from issuing them.Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 49, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been under the threat of returning to jail if she interfered in the issuance of licenses.Davis said she doubted the validity of the licenses that are set to be issued, which she said would state that they are being issued under U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s order.Davis, who returned to work on Monday, told a news conference any marriage licenses issued would not carry her name, title or her personal authorization. She added she would take no action against deputy clerks who issue licenses, although she does not believe they have the authority to do so.”I’m here before you this morning with a seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans: my conscience or my freedom,” Davis said.A pack of reporters crowded into the clerk’s office on Monday morning, where there were no applicants for marriage licenses. Davis’ supporters rallied outside, saying gay marriage is a sin.The issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky and other states has become the latest focal point in the long-running debate over gay marriage, which became legal nationwide following a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June.

Her supporters see her as being persecuted for her religious beliefs while her opponents say she is abdicating her duties as a public servant by trying to ban gay marriage which is now the law of the land.Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Davis announced an office policy that no marriage licenses would be issued. Gay couples who were denied licenses challenged her policy. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis jailed for contempt on Sept. 3 for refusing to comply with his order to issue licenses in line with the Supreme Court ruling. He ordered her released five days later when the licenses were being issued by deputy clerks.

In his release order, Bunning warned Davis there would be consequences if she interfered with the issuance of marriage licenses, directly or indirectly, when …Read More

About 200 supporters of a Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to hand out marriage licenses to gay couples rallied and prayed Saturday as she faced a third day behind bars.
Some in the crowd — chanting, “Thank you, Kim; Thank you, Kim” — swiftly defended Kim Davis, who defied court orders to issue the licenses even after the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in June.
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David Jordan, a member of Chirst Fellowship in North Carolina, preaches in support of the prayer rally at the Carter County Detention Center for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, in Grayson, Kentucky on Sept. 5. CHRIS TILLEY / Reuters
Those supporters argued
Davis, a born-again Apostolic Christian, shouldn’t be in custody because the justices in their rulings can’t make laws.
“There is no law that requires her to grant a marriage license to people of the same sex,” said Michael Peroutka, a lawyer and founder of the Institute on the Constitution, a conservative think tank. “The Court has had many opinions … but they are not law,” he added.
Peroutka was echoing Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who said in a
statement Thursday that the Supreme Court “cannot and did not make a law. They only made a ruling on a law. Congress makes the laws.”
Legal experts, however, told NBC News that’s a false argument.

“A Supreme Court decision is the law. Full stop,” said Jeffrey Fisher, a Stanford University law professor and expert on Supreme Court practice. “When the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution, the Supreme Court’s words become the law,” he added.

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Steve Vladeck, a professor at the American University Washington College of Law specializing in federal jurisdiction and constitutional law, agreed. But either way, Vladek said, the argument about the Supreme Court is irrelevant.

“She’s being held in contempt because she’s refusing to follow a district court decision in a suit to which she is a party, holding that same-sex couples have a right to obtain marriage licenses from her,” Vladek said. “It’s hard to think of any way in which she could be more directly violating a judicial judgment by which she is bound.”
Some traveled from outside Kentucky to support the embattled clerk,
held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Thursday and sent to jail …Read More

A Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses asserted that any ones that are issued without her authority Friday to gay couples in Rowan County are void and “not worth the paper they are written on” because she didn’t approve them, her attorney said.
Kim Davis “has already been doing Bible studies with herself” in jail, her attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel told reporters after meeting her behind bars. He said Davis is in very good spirits and is fully prepared to stay as long it takes to defend her religious freedoms.
“She’s not going to resign, she’s not going to sacrifice her conscience, so she’s doing what Martin Luther King Jr. wrote about in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail, which is to pay the consequences for her decision,” Staver said.
Staver said he’s preparing to appeal U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s contempt finding as one of several legal challenges on her behalf.
At least three gay couples received marriage licenses on Friday from one of Davis’ deputies, embracing and celebrating after repeatedly being denied before Davis was imprisoned on Thursday. Their attorneys, along with Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins, insist the licenses are valid.
Marriage licenses in Kentucky usually have the elected clerk’s signature on them, those handed out on Friday didn’t have any signature. The Rowan County attorney and the lawyers for the gay couples insist they are valid anyway. When the judge was asked if the licenses will be considered valid without Davis’ authorization, he said it was up to the gay couples to take that chance.
William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a couple for nearly a decade, were the first through the door. Deputy clerk Brian Mason congratulated the couple, shook their hands and accepted their fee of $35.50. Yates then rushed across the courthouse steps to hug his mom.
“Civil rights are civil rights and they are not subject to belief,” said Yates, who had been denied a license five times previously.
Supporters cheered and a street preacher rained down words of condemnation as they left. Yates and Smith are currently planning their wedding.
Davis had refused to issue any marriage licenses after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in June legalizing gay marriage nationwide. After ordering her to jail, the judge told her …Read More