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heated Protests in rowan County
After gay Couple gets license
(AP) Dozens of protesters have gathered outside a
Kentucky clerk’s office where a gay couple has been
issued a marriage license after a lengthy fight with a
clerk who had long refused to grant the licenses.
One group cheered on the gay couple who got the
license, while the other group preached and supported
the clerk on Friday. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis
has refused to issue the licenses, citing her Christian
religion and belief that gay marriage is immoral.
In a heated exchange, supporters of Davis yelled
“I’m telling you the truth because I love you” while
opponents yelled back that “Jesus loves everyone.”
Davis remained jailed after a federal judge held
her in contempt for defying several court orders. Her
husband says she doesn’t plan to resign and will not
issue the licenses.
Photo Credit: CNN.
Kim davis Jailed County Issues Licenses, Protests Begin
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis walked out of jail Tuesday afternoon,
eliciting cheers from hundreds of protesters who had gathered
outside to demand her release.
A smiling Davis left the Carter County Detention Center in
Grayson, Kentucky, at 2:37 p.m. EDT, followed by her Liberty
Counsel attorney Mat Staver and Republican presidential hopeful
Davis was released after U.S. District Court Judge David
Bunning signed an order allowing for her release.
While the release is being hailed by some as a victory for Davis,
the court order enabling her release instructed that Davis “shall
not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of
her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible
If Davis “should interfere in any way” with the issuance of
marriage license, said the judge’s order, “appropriate sanctions
will be considered.”
Picking his words carefully at Tuesday’s rally, Davis attorney
Mat Staver said Davis “cannot allow her name to be associated
with something that conflicts with God’s definition of marriage.
Her conscience did not change to get freedom.... She will not
violate her conscience. She will return to work later this week and
she will not abandon her post.”
Davis’ attorney Mat Staver told the rally crowd that Davis could
hear the rally’s cheers when she was inside the jail. He said Davis
would thank the crowd but not make any comment on the case to
the audience or to reporters.
Davis took the stage to the song “Eye of the Tiger,” both arms
raised and looking up, as if praying. She seemed overcome with
emotion, as she looked out on the crowd.
“Thank you all so much. I love you all so very much,” said Davis
before the crowd chanted back, “We love Kim.”
“I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and
you are a strong people....Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down
because he is here....I love you guys, thank you so much.”
Judge Bunning ordered Davis, head clerk for
Rowan County, to jail September 3 for contempt
of court, after she refused to comply with his
August 12 order to end a policy she initiated
in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling
striking down bans on marriage for same-sex
Davis had contended that, because of her
Apostolic Christian beliefs, she could not issue marriage licenses
to same-sex couples. Following the Supreme Court’s decision
in Obergefell v. Hodges, June 26, Davis instituted a policy of not
issuing marriage licenses to any couples –straight or gay.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit, Miller v. Davis, on behalf of four
couples –gay and straight—who had been refused marriage
licenses by Rowan’s office.
On Monday, Bunning directed ACLU attorneys to indicate by
10 a.m. Tuesday whether “any of the named Plaintiffs have had
a marriage license issued to them by the Rowan County Clerk’s
office....” Bunning’s order said the “deputy clerks...indicated they
would comply” with the order. It also said that counsel for the
deputy clerks would file a report every 14 days on the status of
compliance with the order.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Tuesday that three
marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples last week “were
altered to remove the name of the jailed county clerk Kim Davis.”
The Herald-Leader reported that licenses issued last week
and filed in the court record show that, where Davis’ name
ordinarily would be, the words ‘Office of Rowan County, Rowan
County’ appeared instead. Staver, at Tuesday’s impromptu press
conference, said the licenses without Davis’ name are not valid.
When a reporter asked, “Kim was it worth it for you?” Davis just
smiled and said nothing.
William Sharp, legal director of the ACLU-Kentucky, issued a
“This case was brought to ensure that all residents of Rowan
County, gay and straight, could obtain marriage licenses. That goal
has been achieved. The Kentucky Attorney General and counsel
for Rowan County have said the marriage licenses are valid. We
are relying on those representations, and our clients look forward
to proceeding with their plans to marry.”
CNN, MSNBC, and other media broadcast live coverage of the
“Free Kim Davis” rally and Davis’ release from the Carter County
Huckabee helped organize the rally for Davis and Republican
presidential hopeful Ted Cruz went to Kentucky to meet with
Davis in jail and participate in the rally.
Huckabee praised Davis for having “ignited something across
this country” against judicial “tyranny.” Huckabee said he would
be willing to go to jail on behalf of Davis.
“We will not surrender to tyranny of one branch of the
government,” said Huckabee.
“I have a message for the judge,” said Huckabee, “if this judge
believes somebody must be put in jail ... I would ask this of him:
Let Kim go. But if you have to put someone in jail, I volunteer to
At the rally, Tony Perkins, president of the right-wing Family
Research Council, compared Davis to the pilgrims who came to
the New World in search of religious freedom and to civil rights
legend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One pastor urged the crowd that
the United States belongs to Jesus Christ. National Organization
for Marriage President Brian Brown spoke to the crowd,
comparing Davis to Rosa Parks.
“Do not comply with unjust authority,” said Brown.
In speaking to the crowd, Staver inadvertently referred to the
crowd as being part of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“Kim Davis never thought she would be in the national
spotlight. Kim Davis does not consider herself a hero,” said Staver.
He said Davis ran for the office of Rowan County Clerk at God’s
“urging” –“she will not resign that position.”
Free Kim davis
Supporters rally around jailed clerk
By Lisa Keen
Keen News Se r vice
Photo Credit: Marty Vargas/CNN.
See page 10 for Republican
Nominees’ responses to Kim Davis.
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