MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is trying yet another legal avenue to try to keep from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples a day before she’s due in court to answer for her refusal.
Davis is again asking a federal judge to delay his ruling that forces her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples so she can appeal an earlier decision.
Davis asked the judge last month not to force her to issue the licenses despite an order from the governor. The judge refused to hear that motion.
Davis’ attorneys claim that’s the equivalent of a denial so they think they have a right to appeal.
The judge’s order has been upheld by a federal court of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court but Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses.
She turned away more couples Wednesday.
Thursday, Davis and her deputy clerks are due in federal court where a judge could decide if they are in contempt. The contempt charge could come with steep fines or possibly jail time.
As the story continues to make national, even international headlines, politicians and candidates for office are weighing in.
Kentucky’s Republican nominee for Governor, Matt Bevin, says he fully supports Kim Davis while his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, says he supports a new state law that would protect clerks.
Even Presidential candidates are chiming in. Four of the 17 Republican candidates have publically made opinions. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Huckabee have both said they support Davis. Carly Fiorina and Lindsey Graham say she should comply with the law.
U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey issued the following statement concerning the Rowan County Clerk:
“The federal district court has ordered that Rowan County issue licenses to all couples, whether of the same sex or opposite sexes, who are entitled under Kentucky law and the U.S. Constitution to get married. We have grave concerns about the reported failure to comply with the court’s order. Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it. The County Clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the Clerk and the County to follow the law.”
ABC 36 will be in Ashland Thursday for Davis’ court hearing.