Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis must not like freedom. Davis, who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, was hauled off to jail after violating court orders.
Davis didn’t even have to issue the licenses herself, all she had to do was not interfere with someone else doing their job. And now her attorney wants her name removed from licenses.
She has a very strong conscience and she’s just asking for a simple remedy, and that is, remove her name from the certificate and all will be well,” Matthew Staver said. “That simple remedy has simply been ignored by the court and by the governor and that’s what should have been done.
“I think it’s reprehensible that she’s in jail for this when a simple fix could have been easily handled.”
Marriage licenses in Kentucky are required to include an authorization statement of the county clerk issuing the license. Some state lawmakers, as well as the Kentucky County Clerks Association, have suggesting having clerks’ names removed from marriage licenses.
While Davis sits behind bars, those working under her now have to issue the licenses. Or face similar repercussions.
“One thing about Kim, she may be incarcerated behind the jail bars but her conscience remains free. And just knowing Kim, she’s made a decision and she can’t violate that conscience and she can’t have this collision with her religious convictions,” Staver said.
was given a second chance: She didn’t have to issue same-sex marriage licenses herself; she merely had to agree not to interfere with five deputy clerks who had told the federal judge they’d issue them in her stead.
But Davis’ lawyer told U.S. District Judge David Bunning that his client would not allow her deputies to issue the licenses. Davis was not in the courtroom for the second session. She was in a hallway outside.
“We cannot represent to the court that she would allow licenses to be issued,” attorney Mat Staver said.