Kim Davis goes to jail! Judge orders Kentucky county clerk detained for refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses

Judge Bunning allegedly said fines were not an option, because outsiders would pay them for her


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Scott Eric Kaufman
September 3, 2015 9:13PM (UTC)

Embattled Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has been ordered to jail by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning, according to the Herald Leader's John Cheeves:

Earlier on Thursday, Davis told Fox News contributor Todd Starnes that she was prepared for this outcome. "I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am," she said. "This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me. This is about upholding the word of God."

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Davis said that she knew that same-sex marriage would become an issue when she was elected to take the place of her mother -- who had held the office for nearly 40 years -- last November. "I would have to either make a decision to stand or I would have to buckle down and leave," she said. "And if I left, resigned or chose to retire, I would have no voice for God’s word."

That's why when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, she issued an office edict barring any of the clerks from issuing any marriages at all, in an attempt to skirt charges that she was discriminating against same-sex couples.

According to the Kentucky Trial Court Review, the other clerks, including Cecil Watkins, didn't support her in this decision, but were afraid to do so unless specifically order to by Judge Bunning. The Kentucky Trial Court Review's Shannon Ragland wrote that Davis' "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."

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