Judge Orders KY Clerk Kim Davis to Jail Over Same-Sex Marriage License Refusal

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Sep 03, 2015 2:22 PM
Judge Orders KY Clerk Kim Davis to Jail Over Same-Sex Marriage License Refusal

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been ordered to go to jail.

A federal judge has ordered a defiant Kentucky clerk to jail on Thursday after she defied the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling by refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, NBC News reported.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis that she would stay in jail until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis replied "thank you" before she was led out of the courtroom.

Lawyers for four couples who sought marriage licenses from her but were turned down urged the judge "to impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous to compel Davis' immediate compliance without further delay."

Davis, a Democrat, was elected to her position in 2014.