The four times divorced Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has been taken into custody for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, as her job requires. The
A county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples was found in contempt of court Thursday and taken into custody.
“The idea of natural law superceding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed,” U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning told Rowan County clerk Kim Davis. “Thank you, judge,” she replied before being removed from the courtroom by U.S. marshals.
Davis, an Apostolic Christian, had said it would violate her faith to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and had directed her office to withhold marriage licenses to anyone, gay or straight. She was sued by four gay couples who had been denied licenses, and was ordered by Bunning last month to begin issuing the licenses this week.
Martyr watch, Day One. No sympathy from me.
One thing to remember here: this is a civil contempt case, which means that Davis “holds the key to the jail cell.” She’s been jailed because she wouldn’t do what the law requires. If she indicated that she is willing to either (1) comply with the law, or (2) resign, then she’d be out of jail very quickly, probably in less than 24 hours. So don’t feels sorry for her, as her incarceration is entirely of her own making.