MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) ? A county clerk in Kentucky who has invoked "God's authority" and is defying the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to license same-sex marriage has been summoned along with her entire staff to explain to a federal judge why they should not face stiff fines or jail time.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning moved swiftly Tuesday after a lesbian couple asked him to find Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt. Davis told several couples and a crowd of supporters and protesters that her religious beliefs prevent her from sanctioning gay marriage, and then retreated again, closing her office door and blinds to the raucous scene outside.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday night, leaving Davis no legal ground for her continued refusal Tuesday morning. Lawyers for the two gay couples who originally sued her asked the judge Tuesday to find her in contempt, but punish her with only financial penalties, not jail time.
"Since Defendant Davis continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform," they asked Bunning to "impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous" to compel her immediate compliance without delay.
As an elected official, Davis can't be fired; her impeachment would have to wait until the Legislature's regular session next year or a costly special session.
Before retreating into her inner office, Davis asked David Moore and David Ermold to leave. It was the fourth time the couple had been rejected, and they refused, surrounded by reporters and cameras.
"We're not leaving until we have a license," Ermold said.
"Then you're going to have a long day," Davis told him.
From the back of the room, Davis' supporters said: "Praise the Lord! ... Stand your ground."
Other activists shouted that Davis is a bigot and told her: "Do your job."
If she can't be fired, they should go elsewhere- what's the point of beating a dead horse? Obviously, she isn't going to change her stance- next year, they can work on getting her impeached- it won't be hard, she disobeyed the Supreme Ct. Directive-
I wonder how many here would support a Muslim working at the DMV who refused to issue a woman a driver's license, if it went against their "religious convictions."Would you support this person?
Absolutely not. She has a job to do. That's the law. She has basically admitted that she won't do her job. She needs to do her job or be removed from her job. There are other legal grounds to make her do her job or remove her without impeachment, and that's what the federal judge is doing now. She will be fined and/or go to jail. That might make her a hero to some, but she will be replaced by an acting clerk who will issue the licenses. Net result is she loses.
I think you missed the point soupy. Nobody should support that. They're hired to perform a job. It's their right to not work there, but they can't refuse to perform their duties based on religious nonsense.
Where did she say choosing who's rights? "It is NOT your right" provided the context
comprehension problems? Read her statement. jams said the right of the gay people supersedes the rights of the county clerk.
You want to know what a bigot is? Soup is a bigot. He has no tolerance for those with a differing opinion than his own. Dreaded is right behind as is PA.Aborto nails it again. She's as hypocritical as the lot of them on this thread.
you have some serious issues. You don't even see the irony, do you?
Stupid response. Basically you have the right to not work there if you are unable to perform your job function. Period.
I know you are an expert on stupid. However, you clearly support deciding whose rights are superior when you make that argument...do you realize that?