The Kentucky County clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples appealed the order of putting her in jail.
The ruling of arresting Kim Davis was officially appealed on Sunday. As reported by The Huffington Post, while the three page motion filed by the attorneys does not shed light on the reasons why Davis should be exonerated, it alters her earlier appeal of the order.
The latest appeal was filed three days after Davis was held in contempt of court for not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples following a Supreme Court ruling that legalized same sex marriages. Davis, saying she defied the Supreme Court ruling because it was “God’s word,” was thereby ordered to be put in jail.
Judge David Bunning of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky sent Davis to jail on Thursday. However, her deputies said they will comply with the court’s orders and issue marriage licenses, as reported by Morning News USA.
James Yates, who was denied a marriage license five times before obtaining one on Friday, said, “Civil rights are civil rights and they are not subject to belief.”
Davis’ attorney Mat Staver – who called the contempt hearing “a charade” – said the licenses that were issued on Friday were “not worth the paper they are written on” because the county clerk had not authorized them. On the other hand, Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins said the licenses were valid.
Davis has repeatedly refused denying issuing marriage licenses, saying that it is against her religious beliefs. She has asked that the licenses be issued under someone else’s authority. Under Kentucky law, one can obtain a marriage license only with the authority of the elected clerk.
Davis can lose her job only through an impeachment by the state legislature, which is not scheduled to meet until January, or if she loses an election. She has refused resigning from her job voluntarily.
“She’s not going to resign, she’s not going to sacrifice her conscience, so she’s doing what Martin Luther King Jr. wrote about in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail, which is to pay the consequences for her decision,” Staver said.
According to Boston Herald, around 300 people rallied in Davis’ support on Saturday at the Carter County Detention Center where she has been detained. On Tuesday, another rally will be conducted with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
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