Go Directly to Jail!

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was taken to jail Thursday by U.S. Marshals after a federal judge found her in contempt of court for ignoring his order to issue marriage licenses.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to remain in jail until she agrees to comply with his Aug. 12 order.
Davis has refused to give anyone a marriage license since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage June 26, citing her religious objections. A half-dozen local couples are suing her. 
The judge stated that financial fines were not enough because of Kickstarter.


  1. Congrats for locking somebody up for their beliefs that you disagree with. You should be proud - wait - pride - didn't they used to lock people up for that too?

    Let's pop a cork and celebrate! Yay.

  2. Davis was jailed for disobeying the order of U.S. District Judge David Bunning, for failing to do her job as clerk. Davis was not jailed for her beliefs.

    U.S. District Judge David Bunning: "Her good faith belief is simply not a viable defense," Bunning said in open court, according to The Chicago Tribune. "I myself have genuinely held religious beliefs ... but I took an oath."..."Mrs. Davis took an oath," said Bunning, a George W. Bush appointee. "Oaths mean things."

    "As the Supreme Court pointed out in 2011 in Turner v. Rogers, Davis' path to liberty in a case like hers is clear-cut: "Once a civil contemnor complies with the underlying order, he is purged of the contempt and is free.""


    Davis is free to comply with the order, purge the contempt, and set herself free. Davis holds the keys to the jailhouse door. Davis is also free resign as clerk, and find a job consistent with her beliefs. Davis obviously has many freedoms. Why then does Davis want to deny the freedom of other people, a liberty interest to marry protected by the Supreme Law of the Land?

  3. This woman took an oath to uphold the constitution, not her religion. Obviously she lied and these are the repercussions.

  4. Bullies love to play the victim!

  5. @5:05- are you an attorney? I ask because this is a blog typically read by attorneys who are well-educated people. For you to make a simplistic comment like that on a lawyers' blog read by well-educated lawyers taught to question such statements is mind-boggling.

    She defied a federal judge. Her appeal was rejected by the Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court (full panel). And she still defied the order of the federal judge, claiming she follows God's law (as a public official). What should the trial court have done?


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