Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kim Davis faces new charges of non-compliance: 'They want her scalp to hang on the wall as a trophy'

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses in compliance with a judge's order – and who resumed work a few days ago – is still not doing her court-ordered job, say same-sex couples who've tried to get their proper wedding documentation.

And they've taken their case back to court, saying Davis needs to fully comply or face fines.

Reuters reported Davis is issuing forms that contain material changes, not the original, official ones. Specifically, she's taken the documents pertaining to marriage licenses and removed the references to Rowan County and her clerk's office. Gay couples seeking marriages are instead given forms that list deputy clerk Brian Mason – the entity who issued the licenses during Davis's jail time – as a notary public.

But gay couples say: That substitution won't suffice. They're charging Davis is still violating U.S. District Judge David Bunning's order, particularly the part where he said she could leave jail, but only on the condition she not interfere with the issuance of gay marriage licenses any more.

Lawyers representing the gay couples have filed a motion in court, alleging Davis is non-compliant with a federal order, Reuters reported. Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky say the documents for gay marriage licenses should either be the old style, with the proper office reference, or the clerk's office should be fined.

Mat Staver, the attorney for Davis, said the new filing is little more than a witch hunt.

"The ACLU's motion to again hold Kim Davis in contempt reveals that their interest is not the license but rather a marriage license bearing the name of Kim Davis," he said, Reuters reported. "They want her scalp to hang on the wall as a trophy."

Bunning has already ruled the licenses issued while Davis was in jail, absent her name, are valid, a view the governor has confirmed.


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