Kentucky Rowan County clerk Kim Davis appealed her contempt of court ruling over her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Since June, when the Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. This landed her in front of U.S. District Judge David Brunning.
Brunning ordered Davis to uphold the Supreme Court’s ruling, but Davis refused. Davis also rejected a proposal that would have allowed her release in order to give her deputies the responsibility of processing same-sex marriage licenses. Davis was sent to jail on Thursday for contempt of court.
On Friday, Rowan County’s deputy clerks began issuing licenses while Davis was behind bars. Davis’s son, who also works as a deputy clerk, refused to issue licenses.
Even though the office is now offering licenses to same-sex couples, Davis’s lawyers say they aren’t valid without her signature. Brunning admits he doesn’t know if the licenses are valid, but has stated that he wants the county to continue processing the licenses.
Davis, who was elected last year, has become a symbol for Christians against gay marriage. Many Republican presidential candidates applaud Davis. Among her biggest supporters is Mike Huckabee, who has publicly rallied for her.
Brunning said Davis will remain in jail until she complies. Her attorney, Mat Staver, said Davis is prepared to remain behind bars until a compromise is reached and does not plan on resigning from her position.
Davis is one of three Kentucky county clerks who say their beliefs conflict with the Supreme Court ruling.