Kentucky began issuing licenses to same-sex couples, clerk Kim Davis arrested after refused to give.
The county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, Kim Davis jailed Thursday after she refused to issue marriage licenses to any couple of same-sex citing her religious beliefs though U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide since 26 June 2015. On 4 September, deputy clerks reopened their office in Morehead and began issuing marriage licenses where same-sex couples rushed to get married.
Due to defying federal order Kim Davis was arrested, two same-sex couples and two opposite-sex couples filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky against her in 1 July 2015.Same-sex marriage previously banned in Kentucky by constitutional amendment, later U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples, 12 August 2015.
September 3, Judge Bunning ordered Davis and her staff into court for a contempt hearing in Ashland, Kentucky and jailed for contempt of court until she complies with the order. Judge Bunning said: “The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order.”, “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”
In statement of Mat Staver ,attorney for jailed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, “Our position and the position of the clerk of Rowan County is that those licenses are void.””They are not being issued under the authority of the Rowan County clerk’s office. “They are not worth the paper they’re written on.”, “She will continue to serve the people of Rowan County as she has done for so many years … she is prepared for the consequences.”
As marriage license legally issued in Kentucky, at least three gay couples received, Friday from one of Davis’ deputies.Couples then embracing and celebrating after many times being turned away. Timothy Long, one of those who celebrate said: “I just never thought it would happen.”, “We waited for years and years and years. We had a commitment ceremony in 2008, thinking, you know, this is the best we’ve got, so let’s go with it. And now we’re afforded the opportunity to be like everyone else.” IMAGE/GETTY