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with a judge’s order.
The Backstory on Kim Davis
Long before Davis took a hardline stance and refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, she was divorced a trio of times and had found herself in hot water for infidelity. She was elected as the Rowan County clerk as a democrat in January 2015, the winning a little over half the vote.
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June legalizing same-sex marriage, which would give Davis no legal way out of issuing marriage licenses without denying civil rights, she refused.
“It is not a light issue for me. It is a heaven or hell decision,” said Davis. “To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God's definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.”
She also refused to allow her six deputy clerks to issue the licenses for her, and she wants neither her name attached nor her authority behind any same-sex marriage licenses.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning said that Davis was in contempt of court on September 3. The judge said that the state of Kentucky wasn’t asking Davis to condone the marriages; the state was simply asking her to “signify that couples meet the legal requirements to marry.”
Part of the reason Davis’s actions have garnered national attention could be that presidential candidates have focused on her actions. Most notably, Mike Huckabee stood by her side throughout the ordeal, saying, “I let her know how proud I am of her for not abandoning her religious convictions and standing strong for religious liberty. She is showing more courage in humility and just about any federal office holder in Washington.”
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If you’ve watched the news recently, you’ve heard all about Kentucky’s Kim Davis. She’s the Rowan County Clerk of Court who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and she spent 5 days under lock and key for refusal to comply
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