Kentucky clerk Kim Davis appeals contempt of court ruling over same-sex marriage licenses

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By Ed Payne

CNN

(CNN) — Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who’s refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, has appealed the contempt of court ruling that landed her in jail last week, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

Davis had refused to give licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court decision on grounds that issuing the licenses would violate her Christian convictions against same-sex marriage.

A federal judge ordered her to jail Thursday, ruling she was in contempt of court for refusing to issue the licenses and not allowing her deputies to distribute them for her.

7 comments

  • Really

    If you are going to be in a job where you serve the public, you lose your ability to judge other people while at work! Follow the LAW, and is you don’t like it, RESIGN! This woman should not be allowed to push HER beliefs on others!

  • burns22@webmail.com

    What? Public officials are not free to push their own particular religious and personal beliefs on the users who walk in their door? They are supposed to follow the laws? Since when? What country is this, anyway. We aren’t in Pakistan anymore, or what?

  • Bruce Hogman

    The state asked the clerk to approve the paperwork, not the marriage per se.
    The state asked only about the paperwork, and her actions dealt only with the paperwork and nothing else.
    The clerk is an office, not a person. The authority of the clerk is the office. The authority of the clerk is in the office, not the person as a person. A government official is prohibited from imposing religious views or statements due to that official being a part of the government. Therefore, a clerk offering personal religious opinion is against state law. The clerk, in offering a personal religious biased statement is committing a violation of state law. No possible religious connotation exists in the office of the clerk issuing marriage licenses, none whatever. The person of Kim Davis introduced meaning into a signature on paper, along with an imagined approval asked of her when none was asked. By imposing her religious views on others, she violated their First Amendment rights and committed a federal crime under the US Constitution. She committed a civil offense. A federal prosecutor might be able to charge Kim Davis with a federal crime that is a felony.
    So the issue is over a criminal getting her way, of trying to force the state and the courts to be accomplices in her crimes. Should Kim Davis be found guilty of a felony, then she can be removed from office as a felon.

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