Contempt of court charges filed against Rowan County Clerk


MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Tuesday was decision day in Rowan County for clerk Kim Davis. Would she follow her religion or the law?

She chose religion and as a result, contempt of court charges have been filed against her for defying a federal court order to resume issuing marriage licenses, which she has refused to do since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

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Davis opposes on religious grounds.

A federal judge ordered her to issue the marriage licenses and an appeals court upheld that decision but still she turned away couples. Monday, the Supreme Court said it wouldn’t intervene leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse but she still is. She claims she can under “God’s authority.”

Since this is a federal case, local law enforcement says it can’t do anything.

The contempt of court could come with a hefty fine or possibly jail time. According to the motion filed with the court, the attorneys ask the judge for a financial penalty.

The judge ordered Davis and all her deputy clerks in federal court on Thursday.