Happy to report a victory in court this week for Kim Davis, the county clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, who gained international attention last year when she refused to issue marriage licenses to three same-sex couples.
Davis, you may recall, spent six days in jail for defying a court order following the June 25, 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Davis explained simply that she was acting “under God’s authority” and she declined to offer marriage certificates to any couples in her county, rather than defy the law of God.
Kim Davis’ case drew scrutiny from both sides, with then-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee calling her imprisonment part of the “criminalization of Christianity.”
Today there is breaking news from the Liberty Counsel, who represented Ms. Davis in court:
ASHLAND, KY — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has won the fight for religious freedom after a federal judge issued an order dismissing all three 2015 marriage license lawsuits against her yesterday. U.S. Judge David Bunning dismissed in their entirety, Miller v. Davis, Ermold v. Davis and Yates v. Davis,which brings to an end the trial proceedings against her arising from the 2015 Obergefell decision.
Despite the ACLU’s attempt to continue the case against Kim Davis and assess damages against her, the federal district court dismissed the case, closed the files and ordered all the pending cases to be removed from the docket.
Davis had refused to issue the marriage licenses because they had her name and authority on them, which she felt would violate her right to freedom of conscience. As a result, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed an executive order creating a new marriage license form which does not require the county clerk’s name and title. The Kentucky General Assembly made Governor Bevin’s changes were made permanent; the bill passed in the Kentucky General Assembly with a 97-0 vote in the State House, followed by a 36-0 vote in the State Senate. Bevin said his signature on the unanimous bipartisan legislation brought “statutory finality to the marriage license dilemma.”
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, called yesterday’s ruling “a victory for her and for every American.” Indeed, it is a victory not only for Kim Davis, but also for every American who wants to remain true to their deeply-held religious beliefs regarding marriage while faithfully serving the public.
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The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage and the social acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex relationships, but teaches that homosexual persons deserve respect, justice and pastoral care. To learn more about the reasons the Catholic Church teaches, with the Scriptures, that marriage is between one man and one woman, check out this helpful brochure from Catholic Answers.