What happened to the County Clerk that was denying marriage licenses to gay people?

By | October 31, 2016

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right. Shortly thereafter, there was a controversy regarding a County Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky. She refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, citing religious beliefs, and was ultimately jailed for contempt of court.

She was released five days later and returned to work. She refused to be an active participant in the marriage licenses but was no longer denying the licenses to same-sex couples.

In September of 2015, she met with Pope Francis and claimed that the pope expressed support for her fight against gay marriage. The Vatican denies such an exchange took place and claimed that their meeting was largely a general meeting with the public and not a specific meeting with her.

In November of 2015, the governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, made it possible for Kim Davis to remove her name from marriage licenses. This was done with the idea that county clerks who have religious objections to same-sex marriage would not be legally required to offer their personal endorsement.

As of September 19, 2016, the ACLU, which represented the same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses, is now suing for $233K to recoup legal expenses. Kim Davis’ attorney, Matt Staver, has dismissed the lawsuit as a “hail mary” and cites there is no legal requirement that the loser in a lawsuit must pay the victor’s legal expenses. (This same attorney is defending an anti-gay pastor who is being accused of crimes against humanities for encouraging death sentences in Uganda for homosexuals.)

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