A federal judge issued a ruling Thursday morning finding that Kim Davis, a Kentucky County Clerk who has been refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, was in contempt of court and ordered her detained.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to be jailed on the contempt charges until she agrees to comply with court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order,” Bunning said. “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”
Davis has told reporters she was doing God’s work by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because she believes marriage is between one man and one woman.
Her job as a county clerk is not to impose her personally held beliefs on those she is hired to serve.
Reports from the courthouse suggest that other clerks were willing to issue licenses but were afraid of how Davis would react and said she created a hostile work environment.
Kentucky Trial Court Review. “Her conduct has terrorized not just her staff but everyone that works in the courthouse. And all for a foolish mission aided by out-of-state charlatan lawyers trying to raise money for their ‘religious liberty’ mission.”“Davis is acting alone in her zealous mission,” writes Shannon Ragland, of the
Davis could have easily avoided jail time had she made the decision to either issue the licenses or resign from her position.
However, Davis believes she is a Christian martyr at this point — and the fundamentalist Christian right is backing her up.
Judge Bunning, however, isn’t buying the persecution complex and has done the right thing by throwing Davis in jail, making a clear-cut example of her.
One’s religious beliefs are not an excuse for ignoring state or federal laws. If the laws you are hired to uphold are against your religious convictions, you need to find a new job.
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