Protesters Celebrate As US Clerk Jailed For Refusing Gay Marriage Licenses

In July this year, a video—below—showing a same-sex couple having their marriage licence denied by US county clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky, struck a chord with the post-marriage equality US, clocking up close to 2 million views. 

Kim Davis’ strategy in Kentucky was to cease issuing marriage licences altogether – to same sex and opposite couples alike. The twisted, illogical, counter-strike persistence on display. SMDH.gif, etc. 

Davis’ approach to issuing marriage licences has hugely rebounded—egg directly on the face—as a court has, overnight, sent Davis to jail for contempt and refusal to issue marriage licences based on a Judge’s orders. 

On her refusal to comply with law now in effect throughout 50 States in the US, Kim Davis spoke on her moral opposition to same-sex marriage.

“God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties. You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.”

According to the New York Times, a proposal by the court—asking Kim Davis to allow her County deputies to grant same-sex licences—was rejected by Davis, prompting her jail sentencing. If absolutely nothing else, the commitment of this woman, actively welcoming jail time over allowing LGBT couples to get hitched, is genuinely impressive. 

Judge David L. Bunning, who sentenced the 49-year-old, condemned Davis’ conscious rejection of the law.

“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order. If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”

One of Davis’ deputies, after seeing their boss be sentenced to jail, said, “I don’t really want to, but I will follow the law,” in regards to issuing same-sex marriage licences. 

Hundreds of pro-LGBT protesters gathered outside the Ashland, Kentucky court overnight, wielding signs advocating for marriage equality, acceptance, and for just doing your fkn job. :’)

Via New York Times. 
Images by Lexington Herald-Leader via Getty.