Today, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was told by U.S. District Judge David Bunning to report to jail until she will comply with the order to issue licenses to all couples hoping to be married, whether they are same-sex or not.
The Rowan County Clerk’s office was closed for the day so they could attend the Federal Court hearing.
Davis reportedly left the courtroom in handcuffs, led by a U.S. Marshall, according to Time Magazine.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice sent out a press release stating that “The federal district court has ordered that Rowan County issue licenses to all couples, whether of the same sex or opposite sexes, who are entitled under Kentucky law and the U.S. Constitution to get married.”
County clerk Kim Davis has made headlines by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. When accused of discrimination, she directed her office to stop issuing marriage licenses to anyone, regardless of whether they were same-sex or opposite sex couples. The controversy has led to media frenzies in the once quiet office, endless editorializing from all quarters, parody accounts on social media, and now handcuffs.
Yesterday, the ACLU filed a motion to hold Davis in contempt of court, according to CNN.
“We have grave concerns about the reported failure to comply with the court’s order,” the DOJ statement said. “Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it. The County Clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the Clerk and the County to follow the law.”
Davis told Fox News reporter Todd Starnes that “I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am,” and that “This is a fight worth fighting.”
Candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have voiced their opinions on Davis, and Talking Points Memo has compiled them.