Busted: Reports indicate anti-gay Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis violated a federal judge’s order against interfering with the issuance of marriage licenses by altering license forms to remove her name.
The Associated Press is reporting that lawyers for Rowan County Deputy Clerk Brian Mason are arguing that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis disobeyed a federal judge’s order by removing her name from the county’s marriage license forms.
On Friday, Mason’s attorney told the judge that when Davis returned to work Monday she “confiscated all the original forms” and replaced them with forms that deleted her name, the name of the county and all references to the deputy clerks.
Richard Hughes, the attorney for deputy clerk Brian Mason, said:
It also appears to this counsel those changes were made in some attempt to circumvent the court’s orders and may have raised to the level of interference against the court’s orders.
Mr. Mason is concerned because he is in a difficult position that he continues to issue the licenses per the court’s order, which had some remote questionable validity. But now with these changes may in fact have some substantial questions about validity.
The new form has Mason’s name and a place for him to write his initials but not his signature.
In addition, in a separate filing, attorneys for the gay couples who initially sued Davis said the alterations “do not comply” with the court’s order to not interfere with her employees who issue the licenses.When Davis returned to work last Monday after being released from jail she said she would continue to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses while also claiming that any same-sex marriage licenses issued by her deputy clerks would be “unauthorized.”
Earlier this month Davis spent five days in jail for refusing to obey a federal judge’s ruling that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Davis, an Apostolic Christian, believes same-sex marriage is a sin and cited “God’s authority” in refusing to issue the same-sex marriage licenses.
Mat Staver, the attorney who is representing Kim Davis, claims a same-sex marriage licenses is like a license to “sodomize children.”
Kentucky law specifies the rules for the form that county clerks must use, and the changes made by Davis appear to be at odds with many of them.
As for Davis, her release was conditional on her not interfering with the issuance of the marriage licenses. By altering the forms, she seems to have violated the conditions of her release.