It has become a cliché to say that you spotted an article online that was so strange you first assumed it was from The Onion.
For Kim Davis, orange really was the new black.
The Rowan County, Ky., clerk briefly occupied a Carter County Detention Center cell in early September for her steadfast refusal to issue marriage licenses to would-be newlyweds.
Kim Davis is many things – an Apostolic Christian, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk and now, to some, a political prisoner.
Just not to U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning. “In this country, we live in a society of laws. Our system of justice requires citizens – and significantly, elected officials – to follow the rules of the courts,” he told the clerk on Thursday. He then ordered Davis to jail for her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
A Kentucky clerk who filed a lawsuit because she doesn’t want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has lost yet another appeal – but she still refuses to either do her job or find another one.
A federal judge yesterday ordered Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately – and she has already violated his ruling.
Davis, who identifies as an Apostolic Christian, had stopped issuing marriage licenses to all couples in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s verdict in Obergefell v. Hodges. When Gov. Steve Beshear ordered recalcitrant clerks to comply with the law or resign, she sued, with the assistance of Liberty University-based Religious Right legal group Liberty Counsel.
Now that marriage equality is officially on the books in the United States, the bills racked up by state officials who decided to listen to the Religious Right in defense of a lost cause are coming due. One of those debts is apparently pretty large, as a federal judge just ordered South Carolina to pay $135,000 in fees.
Some Religious Right operatives have said they would rather go to jail than accept marriage equality in the states. Although Texas’ attorney general has not yet made so bold a statement, he may nonetheless spend some time behind bars for his refusal to cooperate with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decision.
An employee at a county clerk’s office in Indiana who was fired because she refused to process marriage licenses for same-sex couples claims her “religious freedom” rights have been violated. So now she’s suing.
Linda Summers, an employee in Harrison County, was fired last year for her refusal to fully perform her job requirements – specifically issuing marriage licenses for all qualified couples.
A New York farm that hosts wedding ceremonies for profit does not have a “religious freedom” right to discriminate against same-sex couples, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.