A Kentucky marriage clerk who has repeatedly refused to follow the law and issue marriage licenses to gay couples has been found in contempt of court and taken into police custody.
WKYT in Kentucky reported:
U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Thursday ordered defiant Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to jail after she repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses.
Bunning said he could not fine Davis because someone would pay the fine on her behalf. He said he would send her to jail until she agreed to begin issuing marriage licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. Marshal. She was not in handcuffs.
Davis will likely be taken to jail in Greenup or Carter County.
Kim Davis has wanted to be a martyr for bigotry, and now she has her wish. The law is the law. Individuals can’t break the law because they disagree with it.
The Republican presidential candidates who have lined in support of Davis are confirming that their party stands for bigotry and hate. The law is being enforced, and the conservative concept that religious liberty is an excuse for discriminatory, and illegal behavior.
The message is clear. “Religious liberty” gives no one the right to break the law. Equality has been enforced, and Kim Davis will get to think about her prejudices while sitting in jail.