Kim Davis has been having a rough time lately. The Kentucky country clerk, who made herself a household name by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just lost her appeal of the contempt charge that landed her in jail for six days.
Despite a ruling from the Supreme Court making marriage equality law of the land and an order from a federal judge, Davis stuck to her bigoted guns and continued to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her defiant behavior earned her a contempt of court charge and put her behind bars for almost a week.
On Wednesday afternoon, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to vacate the ruling of U.S. District Judge David Bunning. The court did, however, lift an injunction against her since a recent change in the law, which takes effect on Friday, no longer requires the clerk’s name to be on the marriage license. With this change, “the court order that she issue marriage licenses despite her religious objections to same-sex marriage will no longer be relevant.”
The ACLU issued a statement praising the decision.
We’re pleased that the appeals court kept that decision on the books. It will serve as a reminder to other government officials that placing their personal views ahead of the Constitution and the rule of law is not acceptable.
Last week, the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General released an opinion finding that Davis and her attorneys with the Liberty Counsel violated the Open Records Act by refusing to hand over requested documents. Those documents were first sought by the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability and later the attorney general himself. The Liberty Counsel cited reasons including attorney-client privilege and legal exceptions from preliminary documents.
Davis’ fight to continue discriminating in the name of religion has also cost Mike Huckabee a pretty penny. Following her release from jail once her office began issuing marriage licenses again, Huckabee held a rally to celebrate. As he and Davis took the stage, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” blasted over the speakers. True to form, he did not bother to get permission to use the song first. This decision has now cost him about $25,000.
At some point, maybe it will sink into Davis’ bigoted brain that what the Supreme Court says, goes.
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