Court Dismisses Pending Injunctions and Appeals Against Kim Davis

Jul 13, 2016

CINCINNATI, OH – Today the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted Kim Davis’ motion to vacate the federal district court’s injunctions against her and dismiss her pending appeals. This ruling completes Davis’ victory over the injunctions obtained by the ACLU and solidifies the religious liberty accommodation provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and Governor Matt Bevin when they amended Kentucky’s marriage licensing laws to remove the name and authorization of country clerks from marriage licenses issued by the Commonwealth.

The change of Kentucky marriage licensing law provided Davis the very religious accommodation Davis sought from the beginning of her litigation with the ACLU, and this new ruling from the Sixth Circuit removes the cloud of the ACLU injunctions. The measure was a response to Davis, who spent five days in jail last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs. Davis would not issue the licenses because they had her name on them.

“We celebrate this final victory for Kim Davis," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We asked the federal court of appeals to set aside the lower court injunctions against Kim Davis. The ACLU objected and today the court sided with Kim Davis. The injunctions are gone and Kim Davis received the accommodation that she requested. County clerks are no longer forced to compromise their religious liberty and conscience rights,” said Staver.

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