It has truly been a long and winding saga for Kim Davis. She was a huge and annoying thorn in the side of many same-sex couples who wished to marry in Rowan County, Kentucky after the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling.
As we all know, she was even sent to jail for five nights after defying a direct order from a judge to start issuing licenses to gay couples. And there was obviously the move by Republican governor Matt Bevin, who signed an executive order to remove the clerks’ names from marriage certificates.
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that Kim Davis has (for once) obeyed orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The ACLU, which sued Davis on behalf of four couples who she initially rejected, asking a judge to make her reissue licenses that had been altered to remove Davis’ name and not interfere with her deputies who were willing to sign.
But, their request has now been rendered “moot” by District Judge David Bunning who has ruled that “there is every reason to believe that any altered licenses … would be recognized under Kentucky law.”
The ACLU seemed fairly pleased with the ruling that the licenses issued will most likely be valid, but pointed out that the case will have to be settled conclusively by the Kentucky state courts.