Clerk jailed for refusing gay couples marriage licences

KENTUCKY – A US judge has ordered a Kentucky official jailed for contempt of court after she has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licences to gay couples.

Kim Davis has said that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses.

Kim Davis has said she makes her decisions under “God’s authority”.
Kim Davis has said she makes her decisions under “God’s authority”.

The US Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal in June.

After interviewing her fellow clerks, the judge said Ms Davis could go free if she allowed her deputies to grant the licences,
but Davis refused.

Ms Davis, an elected official in Rowan County, has said the Supreme Court’s ruling conflicts with her beliefs as a born-again Christian.

“You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart in your soul,” Ms Davis said. “I promised to love Him with all my heart, mind and soul because I wanted to make heaven my home.”

US District Judge David Bunning said he had “no alternative” but to jail her, because issuing fines would not change her mind.

“Her good faith belief is simply not a viable defence,” said Mr Bunning. “Mrs Davis took an oath. Oaths mean things.”

The judge said religious beliefs do not supersede the court

He added that letting one person’s beliefs supersede the authority of the court would be a dangerous example to set.

Ms Davis’ lawyer had claimed that her deputy clerks could only issues licenses under Davis’ authority, but the judge overruled that objection.

Five deputy clerks told the judge on Thursday they would comply with the court order. A sixth deputy clerk, Ms Davis’ son, Nathan, refused.

The judge decided not to hold Nathan Davis in contempt of court.

Hundreds of protesters lined up outside of the federal courthouse on Thursday, chanting and waving signs both of support and opposition.

Local reporters tweeted photos of the two different camps in close quarters outside of the courthouse.

Hundreds of protesters showed up for Ms Davis’ day in court

Protesters screamed “Love won! Love won!” outside of the courthouse after learning of the decision.

Source: (BBC)

6 Responses to Clerk jailed for refusing gay couples marriage licences

  1. Michelle Stephens
    Michelle Stephens September 4, 2015 at 3:06 am

    stand up for what you believe in

  2. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne September 4, 2015 at 4:05 am

    She said that she’s a christian than she skould know that it says in the BIBLE that MEN WILL BE LIKING MEN,CHILDREN GETTING CHILDREN AND WOMEN LIKE WOMEN.She shouldn’t have that job with those kind of feelings for Gay people.Just let PEOPLE do what they wanna do with their lives.LIVE AND LET LIVE

    • Alwin Ellis
      Alwin Ellis September 4, 2015 at 5:29 am

      gay marriages is wrong,she right to stand her ground

  3. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes September 4, 2015 at 5:41 am

    If you refused to do your job step aside and let someone do it. They said she was married three times. What does the Bible say about that one???? Pick and choosing.

    • Seth St John
      Seth St John September 4, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Why do religious people justify every rasshole until it’s something they personally don’t like

  4. VOICE OF WISDOM September 4, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Jesus was perfect in all He did, yet He was cussed, persecuted, lied upon, arrested and crucified. Christians too will suffer the same fate if we are to share in Christ’s rewards. God will never let you down Sister Davis. I admire your strength of character and faith. What is the worst that these wicked people can do to you other than kill your body? They can never kill your spirit. Hang in there, keep the faith and be strong and confident in your God, the One and True Living King of kings and Lord of lords. I am sure that Jesus will turn this situation around for your good.


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