Tuesday, September 3rd, Ashland, KY. – A Federal Court Judge ordered Kim Davis, a county clerk, to be jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Ms. Davis’ incarceration was ordered after a hearing before David L. Bunning, a Federal District Court Judge. Her argument was that she should not be forced to issue licenses that go against her religious beliefs. The Supreme Court turned down Ms. Davis’ appeal of the original ruling by Judge Bunning, and ordered her to begin issuing marriage licenses. On Tuesday, in defiance of the Supreme Court, the clerk again refused to issue licenses in Rowan County, and directed her employees to do the same.
The lawyers of the couples who had initially sued Kim Davis requested that the judge hold her in contempt of court because she could not prove that she was unable to comply with the court’s order, or that she had done all within her power to comply. The lawyers made the point that Ms. Davis “Continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform.”
Ms. Davis has been rather quiet in regards to the legal battle, but sources indicate that she stubbornly refuses to alter her opinion or her behavior in any way. Ms. Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses that conflict with God’s definition of marriage, possibly not realizing that God takes rather a grim view of divorce. She herself has been married four times.
Judge Bunning has said that Ms. Davis would be released once she agreed to obey the court order and begin issuing marriage licenses. No one can be certain whether or not time in jail will have any impact on her attitude towards fulfilling the obligations of her position. It is hoped that, if she finds she is unable to reconcile her conscience to performing her lawful duties, she will resign her position and seek employment elsewhere.
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