Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis
Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis has once again been told by the courts that she cannot stop her office from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court rejected her bid to suspend this service to gay and lesbian couples while she sues Governor Steve Beshear.
Davis has taken Beshear to court claiming that he improperly ordered her and other county clerks in Kentucky to issue the marriage licenses, effectively forcing them to act against their Christian beliefs.
The stubborn public servant spent five days in jail after she ignored a court order compelling her to do her job. She was released on condition that she does not interfere with her staff when they serve same-sex couples.
Upon returning to work on Monday, Davis allowed same-sex licenses to be issued but changed the document templates so that they do not include her name and title and added the line “pursuant to federal court order.”
She’s stated that she believes that, as a result, the licenses are legally invalid; a claim that may yet have to be tested in court.
James Esseks, Director of the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project, said that Davis “keeps asking the same question and getting the same answer from the courts – that she has to do her job.”
“Issuing marriage licenses doesn’t mean she approves of those marriages, it just means she’s doing the job she was elected to do,” he said in a statement.