Court clerk Kim Davis is back and the news and it’s good news for conservative Christians who are fans. The same judge who there Kim Davis in jail for refusing to provide marriage certificates to gay couples just dismissed three civil lawsuits against her in court this past Thursday.
After she refused to issue and sign marriage licenses for gay couples in the summer of 2015 those who she refused to issue certificates to sued her in federal court. The victims argued that the newly established Supreme Court ruling that provides same sex couples the right to marry means that she violated their constitutional rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union lawyers represented the same-sex couples in court and they asked for rather steep monetary damages against Davis. They also asked she be held in contempt of court.
Davis maintains that she did what she did because not doing so would be a violation of biblical scripture and her Christian faith. Her lawyer initially asked her name to be taken off the certificates for someone else to sign and issue. U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning said that under Kentucky law that type of accommodation was not allowed to be made.
The judge stated in court that the Kentucky legislature had changed the law this past spring in which they adopted the accommodation Davis sought. The bill fortunately passed unanimously in the senate and the house.
“In light of these proceedings, and in view of the fact that the marriage licenses continue to be issued without incident, there no longer remains a case or controversy before the court.”
Chairman of Liberty Counsel Mat Staver said,
“Kim Davis has won! We celebrate this victory for her and for every American. County clerks are now able to perform their public service without being forced to compromise their religious liberty. This victory is not just for Kim Davis. It is a victory for everyone who wants to remain true to their deeply-held religious beliefs regarding marriage while faithfully serving the public.”
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