I’m sure you all remember Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, the woman who is now famous for denying several same-sex couples marriage licenses, despite the SCOTUS ruling.
Unfortunately, she is at it again. Apparently, even having a Federal Judge dismiss her religious freedom argument isn’t enough, as she has since denied a gay couple their marriage license mere hours after being told to begin issuing them.
The office was apparently instructed by their attorneys with the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel to continue with their refusal of marriage licenses to same sex couples, as they seek an appeal with Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Most of you are probably very familiar with her and her reasons, but Davis has stated that her deep Christian beliefs stop her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Since the SCOTUS ruling, she has not issued a license to any couple, gay or straight.
This resulted in her being sued by five separate couples, and this resulted in her being ordered to comply with the SCOTUS ruling by U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning yesterday.
Judge Banning wrote: “Davis remains free to practice her Apostolic Christian beliefs. She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible Study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County Jail. She is even free to believe thatmarriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk.”
An attorney for the plaintiffs, Laura Landenwich, said that the 28 page ruling reveals that Judge Banning painstakingly went through each of Davis’ arguments and rejected each one. Bunning also went on to say that while the couples could travel elsewhere, he rightly pointed out “why should they be required to?”
I can’t see this going well, as Davis is now not only still defying the SCOTUS ruling, she is defying a direct command from a Federal Judge and of course is not performing her duties in any capacity as county clerk.