Court documents: Kentucky clerk who won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses divorced three times

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KENTUCKY — The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses for religious reasons despite a Supreme Court ruling has been divorced three times, according to court documents.

A federal judge will hold a hearing Thursday to consider a contempt of court motion filed against Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has drawn national attention.

The motion comes after the Supreme Court ruled against Davis earlier in the week in her attempt to deny issuing the licenses while she seeks to appeal her case based on religious objections.

Davis is expected to be present at Thursday’s hearing as well as each of her deputy clerks.

In a statement released Tuesday, Davis said she has received death threats but intends to continue to serve as the county clerk.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing two same-sex and two opposite-sex couples wanting to get married in Rowan County, says Davis has no legal basis to avoid performing her duties as government clerk.

“The law is clear and the courts have spoken,” said Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the ACLU. “The duty of public officials is to enforce the law, not place themselves above it,” he said.

In her statement, Davis outlined why she continues to resist. She said that four years ago she turned to the church after the death of her mother-in-law, “and heard a message of grace and forgiveness.” She said she surrendered her life to Jesus Christ.

“I am not perfect,” she said in the statement. “No one is. But I am forgiven.”

She added, “To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.”

Court documents reveal that Davis herself had been divorced three times. Her last divorce was granted in October 2008 for a marriage that lasted little over a year.

“She testified pretty clearly that she’s never asked anyone about their marriage past before issuing a marriage license,” said Roger Gannam, Davis’ attorney. “Her objection is calling a same-sex relationship a marriage.”

In his Aug. 12 opinion, U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning said the state was not asking Davis to condone same-sex unions on religious grounds. He said she was “simply being asked to signify that couples meet the legal requirements to marry. ”

“She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County Jail,” Bunning said in the opinion. But he said her religious convictions cannot “excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk.”

8 comments

  • Reasonless

    Nothing like sticking to the facts of the story.

    Since Fox6 doesn’t agree with this persons actions, they will dig up as much dirt as possible.
    Not a single one of you would make a pimple on a real journalists a$$.
    You remind me of small children pretending to be grown up.

  • George

    What a surprise, a conservative that is full of it! Isn’t her soul already burning because of her divorces? 3 divorces says she has no respect for marriage, nor does she consider it a holy sacrament. Clearly she is using political motives and hiding behind religion as a BS excuse!

    • Reasonless

      I don’t recall reading anything about her being a conservative.
      So are you saying that a Liberal can’t have a religious view?
      Poor Georgie.
      You let a bad reporter get your panties in a political bind.
      This is exactly what they are trying to accomplish.
      You are under the control of a bad journalists.

  • Reasonless

    You’re missing the point.
    This is terrible journalism.
    It doesn’t matter what side of the political fence your on.
    Fox6 should hire real reporters.

    • Reasonless

      I would view this type of journalism as wrong if it was against Hillary or Walker.
      These small minded reporters have a very difficult time sticking to the facts of the story. They continuously let their little rat brain get steered by emotions.

  • Nathan

    Is this “article” serious!? Who gives a f*** about this clerks personal life!? Hey Fox 6, ever heard of integrity? The court will clearly settle the case so just IGNORE her. It’s so low to judge a person based on their past.

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