Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stood her ground and remained straight-faced as she was taken into federal custody Thursday, refusing to abandon her beliefs on issuing gay marriage licenses, even though most of her staff have now agreed to issue forms to same-sex couples.
Five of six deputies in the office of a Kentucky county clerk taken into custody Thursday for her refusal to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court allowed gays to wed say they will process the paperwork starting Friday.
USA Today reported that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, whom U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning found in contempt of court, said through her lawyers that she will not authorize any of her employees to issue licenses in her absence. The judge placed her in the custody of U.S. marshals and had her taken to Carter County jail.
“My conscience will not allow it,” Davis said earlier to Bunning. “God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.”
At least two couples said they plan to request marriage licenses Friday at the Rowan County Clerk’s Office, something no gay or straight couple has been able to do since June 26.
“We are saddened by the fact that Mrs. Davis has been incarcerated,” said April Miller, who is seeking to wed her long-term partner, Karen Roberts. “We look forward to tomorrow. As a couple it will be a very important day in our lives.”
A woman shows her Bible to a supporter of same-sex marriage during a protest in front of the federal courthouse in Ashland, Ky. Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk of Courts, an Apostolic Christian, has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling.
Jody Fernandez, who also is among the couples suing Davis, said she was still in a daze and did not expect Bunning’s actions but felt excited to move on. She also plans to head to the courthouse with her fiance, Kevin Holloway, to get their marriage license.
Among Davis’ deputies, the holdout was her son, Nathan Davis. Yet as the other deputy clerks individually answered Bunning’s questions under oath, several had reservations in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, partly based on religion and partly because of worries about their legal authority to sign forms without an elected official’s consent.
Kim Davis’ lawyers also called into question whether any licenses issued in her absence would be legal.
Read the full story at USA Today