Kim Davis will be jailed on contempt charges until she agrees to issue same-sex marriage licenses
“Kim Davis, the defiant Kentucky county clerk, was found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis, the Rowan County clerk, to be jailed on the contempt charges until she agrees to comply with multiple court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The judge ordered her held indefinitely because he did not believe fines would be enough to compel her to follow the law.
Her office refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple as recently as Thursday morning, before Davis and her staff closed the office made the half-hour trip from Morehead to Ashland.
Davis, an elected official and Democrat, has argued that she should be exempt from following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges because she objects to same-sex marriage for religious beliefs.
Four couples have sued Davis, and they asked the federal judge to punish the county clerk by imposing fines against her, saying that she continues to draw a taxpayer-funded salary “for duties she fails to perform.”
“Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it,” said U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey in a statement.”
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