ACLU Targets Kim Davis and Religious Liberty Again

Sep 22, 2015

Rowan County, KY--“The American Civil Liberty Union’s motion to again hold Kim Davis in contempt reveals that their interest is not the license but rather a marriage license bearing the name of Kim Davis,” said Mat Staver Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “They want her scalp to hang on the wall as a trophy.”

Late Monday, Kim Davis was the target in a new ACLU court filing, asking the court to hold Kim Davis in contempt again.

“Kim Davis has made a good faith effort to comply with the court’s order and has not prevented the issuance of marriage licenses by Deputy Clerks. While these licenses do not have her name on them, the Governor said last Monday they were valid. Judge Bunning also said licenses issued while she was in jail without her name were valid,” said Mat Staver.

In lifting the contempt sanction on September 8, District Judge David Bunning said he was “satisfied that the Rowan County Clerk’s Office is fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” while pointing out that the marriage licenses were altered to remove Kim Davis’s name.

On September 14, 2015, Gov. Steve Beshear stated that he was “confident and satisfied that the licenses that were issued last week (and) this morning substantially comply with the law in Kentucky. . . And they’re going to be recognized as valid in the Commonwealth.”

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway agrees. His spokeswoman told the Associated Press that he had “reviewed marriage licenses issued in Rowan County” and “believes that those issued while clerk Kim Davis was in jail and the one issued so far since her return to work are valid.”

Liberty Counsel will file a response.

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