Less than 24 hours after a federal judge ruled that a Kentucky clerk’s office cannot turn away same-sex couples who wish to obtain marriage licenses based on religious beliefs, that same office turned away two gay couples seeing marriage licenses on Thursday.
Despite U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning’s ruling that Rowan County Clark Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses based on her religious freedom was a likely violation of the “constitutional rights of her constituents,” the office of Davis defied the ruling by rejecting the couples’ request for a license.
As it appears evident that neither Davis nor the Christian law firm that represents her aren’t giving up, clerk Nathan Davis says the office was advised to continue refusing licenses to same-sex couples while an appeal reaches the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Kim Davis initially argues that her deeply rooted Christian beliefs forbade her from issues licenses to same-sex couples. On Wednesday, judge Bunning ruled in favor of five same-sex couples who sued her.
While the legal battle continues, an attorney for those five couples says they are considering asking a judge to hold the clerk in contempt. A contempt charge could mean a hefty fine or jail time. It should be noted that Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight, following the Supreme Court ruling back in June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.