Kentucky clerk appeals order putting her in jail

Posted September 6, 2015

— A Kentucky county clerk has appealed a judge's decision to put her in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Attorneys for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis officially appealed the ruling on Sunday. The three page motion does not include arguments as to why Davis should be released but amends Davis' earlier appeal of the judge's order.

Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons and stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. Two gay couples sued her. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue the licenses but she refused to do it saying she could not betray her conscience.

Bunning sent Davis to jail on Thursday for disobeying his order. Her deputy clerks then issued marriage licenses to gay couples Friday.


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  • George Herbert Sep 7, 2015
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    Employers have to make reasonable accommodations for people's religious beliefs. Just look at court decisions to see some cases where employees won and some where they lost. In her case, several judges have ruled against her and the Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal. She is in jail for not only refusing to issue marriage licenses but also for preventing her deputies from doing so.

    If her faith does not allow her to do her job, she should quit.

  • John Snow Sep 6, 2015
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    Marriage has been around for thousands of years by the time Christianity came about, so the church does not own it. In fact, the church did not get involved with marriage until medieval times.

    Also, she has no constitutional right to her job. Whereas, the people who are applying for the licenses do have a constitutional right to get married.

  • Lindsay Carter Sep 6, 2015
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    As much as I agree about Church and state being separate, in this case they aren't. If she can't accept a NATIONAL ruling, then she should perhaps find a different profession that will let her exercise her beliefs.

  • King Mopar Sep 6, 2015
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    You can't be discriminated against, regardless of sex, color or creed(religion). That is the law. If her religion doesn't support same sex marriage, she should not be fired for standing up to her religion. Personally, I think the state should get out of the marriage business all together, as marriage is a religious rite, and the separation between church and state. Why should I have to pay a fee to the state, for a act of the church.