Kim Davis free – but could be jailed again

Kim Davis free – but could be jailed again

US District Judge David Bunning yesterday freed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, but attached a caveat to his release order that Davis may not be willing to accept.

Bunning’s new order says Davis cannot interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.

That, according to this report, means the Davis could find herself behind bars again if she does anything to prevent the marriages from taking place.

CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin said:

If Ms Davis stops them from issuing licenses, then we are right back where we started. And Judge Bunning has made it quite clear, he will lock her back up.

On being released, Davis –  who was held in contempt of court for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses – urged her supporters not to give in.

Thank you all so much. I love you all so very much. I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down, because he is here. He’s worthy.

Davis, who said issuing the licenses would violate her conscience and go against her religion, plans to return to work in Rowan County this week and won’t resign from her post, her attorney Mat Staver said.

Asked by a reporter whether her stay in jail was worth it, Davis smiled and nodded. But she didn’t speak directly about the case, and a key question remains unanswered: When she goes back to work, what will she do when she gets there?

Davis previously said she will not authorise her office to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if her name remains on the certificate. Bunning’s order makes no mention of revising the licenses to accommodate Davis, who says issuing a license with her name on it would violate her Christian convictions against same-sex marriage.

Staver said Bunning hasn’t resolved anything.

We’ve asked for a simple solution – get her name and authority off the certificate. The judge could order that.

Staver didn’t directly answer questions about whether Davis would stop same-sex couples in her county from getting marriage licenses when she returns to work.

She loves God, she loves people, she loves her work, and she will not betray any of those three. She’ll do her job good. She’ll serve the people … and she’ll also be loyal to God, and she’s not going to violate her conscience.

After Bunning’s original order, five of her deputies agreed to issue marriage licenses in her absence. The Rowan County clerk’s office began doing so Friday.

William Sharp, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky who represented same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Rowan County said yesterday:

This case was brought to ensure that all residents of Rowan County, gay and straight, could obtain marriage licenses. That goal has been achieved. The Kentucky Attorney General and counsel for Rowan County have said the marriage licenses are valid. We are relying on those representations, and our clients look forward to proceeding with their plans to marry.


When Davis emerged from detention, the tune Eye of the Tiger by the band Survivor blasted through loudspeakers. This infuriated Survivor frontman Frankie Sullivan, above, who said it had been used without the band’s permission. The group is now considering a lawsuit.

The group is hedging on its plan of attack, but the band’s rep told TMZ that they are determined to protect the integrity of their music.

This may not be an empty threat. In 2012 the band sued Newt Gingrich for using Eye of the Tiger without permission.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

23 responses to “Kim Davis free – but could be jailed again”

  1. L.Long says:

    I predict she will be reelected as a hero by the many people that agree with her! Its a good place to not be in!

  2. I am evolved from a microbe says:

    ‘She loves God, she loves people, she loves her work, and she will not betray any of those three. She’ll do her job good. She’ll serve the people … and she’ll also be loyal to God, and she’s not going to violate her conscience’.

    No – not true.

    She is deluded into thinking there is a god, she is a selfish bitch and abuses her position to discriminate against those she does not like.

    She is a retarded, jumped up, excrementmental wannabe martyr with a dubious history of infidelity and a bearer of bastard kids.

    Actually she probably hates herself for what she knows she is (a loser) and has a deep rooted desire for approbation and the only way she can get some is to appeal to the prejudices of fundamentalist loons by discriminating against those the fundamentalists condemn. What a horrible woman.

  3. I am evolved from a microbe says:

    Go on Frankie – bust her ass.

  4. barriejohn says:

    @I am evolved: “She loves God, she loves people, she loves her work.”

    I bet they said the same about those women who worked at the concentration camps. I was watching a clip of some of them sneeringly striding through an occupied city in a documentary recently. Gays are the new untermenschen, and Christians are the new Master Race. But how on earth could anyone claim that “she’ll do her job good”? They are obviously unhinged.

  5. Angela_K says:

    “She’ll serve the people” No, she’ll serve some of the people, those who are not Gay.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Barry: Are wee not being alowed to eddit know?

  7. Broga says:

    She is enjoying her heroic status in the eyes of the Christian bigots. The smug, self satisfaction seeps out of her.

  8. Rob Andrews says:

    This is a new version of the ‘Scopes Monkey Trial’ in 1925. It’s a gimmick to rally support to the cause. Kind of like the Qu’ran burnings in Florida a few years ago.

    But she’s in for more than a hundred dollar fine, like Scopes.

    “Christianity: One woman’s lie about an exramarrital affair, that got way out of hand”.–From Atheist Empire.

  9. AgentCormac says:

    ‘When she goes back to work, what will she do when she gets there?’
    Hopefully continue to expose herself and her supporters as the retarded bigots they really are, as well as demonstrate just how repugnant, uncaring and outmoded their belief system actually is.

  10. Broga says:

    @Rob Andrew: You remind me of the scathing and very funny reporting of The Scopes Monkey trial by H.L.Mencken. His comments were so effective that the state did not want to be associated with the trial. We need a Mencken on this one.

  11. Angela_K says:

    Nathan Phelps just sent me a link to this spoof:

  12. Barry Duke says:

    Well Broga, Richard Dawkins scored a direct hit with this: “She’s ELECTED? You mean you guys ELECT the clerk who issues marriage licenses? Do you also elect the butcher, baker and candlestick maker? … Vote Dawkins for County Garbage Collector …”

  13. Dave Godfrey says:

    This is what it actually says on the Rowan County Clerk’s website. Kim Davis’ name is all over it.

    “As county clerk I am responsible for providing many services to the people of Rowan county. These duties include general categories of clerical duties of the fiscal court: issuing and registering, recording and keeping various legal records, registering and purging voter rolls, and conducting election duties and tax duties.

    Our office is here to serve the public in a friendly, professional and efficient manner. We are constantly striving to upgrade our services in order to better serve you.”

    She is clearly not doing the job as she herself describes it. I have no sympathy for this stupid woman.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Angela: The real thing is even funnier (some of it is in Barry’s link above).

    “I love you all so very much” – just as long as you aren’t gay!

  15. barriejohn says:

    She’s “taking a break” from work ( I wonder whether she is still being paid?). The clerks seem united in their determination to do the right thing, and are being attacked for it – no surprise there; it’s the way these loving Christians work.

    Her popularity doesn’t seem to be as great as we might have been led to believe:

    Some of Ms. Davis’s supporters gathered outside Rowan County’s courthouse on Wednesday, but they were outnumbered by police officers and journalists. One man, Ante Pavkovic, briefly stood in the clerk’s office and heckled Ms. Davis’s deputies; he held a sign reading, “Kim broke no laws. Fire the cowardly clerks that are lawbreakers.”

    The commotion here irked a longtime resident of Rowan County when he came into Ms. Davis’s office to update his disabled parking permit.

    “Good God almighty,” DeWayne Barnett said when he walked into the office. “Why don’t you all cover something worthwhile?”

    But he acknowledged that the debate swirling around the clerk’s office had affected him. He would never, he said, vote for Ms. Davis again.

    I have seen figures claiming that 80% of Americans disagree with her position.

  16. barriejohn says:

    According to Rasmussen, 66% think that she should just get on with her job, and only 26% support her, and even conservatives are turning against her:

  17. AgentCormac says:

    It just struck me that ‘Kim Davis free’ – the headline at the top of this article – is brimming with irony. The woman isn’t free at all. She is a prisoner of her hate-filled religion, incapable of thinking for herself and shackled to the pre-historic values which are used to control every aspect of her life.

  18. Cali Ron says:

    AgentCormac: Spot on! She’s a victim of her own selfishness and stupidity. And when it’s all over she’ll be alone again with her hatred and simpleton, redneck husband #2/4.

  19. AgentCormac says:

    @Cali Ron
    You can only imagine what a happy home that is!

  20. 1859 says:

    I hope this case sharpens American’s eyes as to why church and state should be completely separated.

  21. 1859 says:

    A state deals with facts – people who love each other want to get married.
    A religion deals with fantasy – a bearded fairy in the sky says that some people who love each other must not be allowed to get married.

    It is high time we realised that we make the laws that govern us – they are not divine entities dictated by delusional fantasies of a voice from the clouds.

  22. Robster says:

    Got to love how she thanks her favoured fairy for all its help. I’d love to know how she judges this alleged “help”, she was in the clink for six days, the same length of time it took her favoured fairy to whip up the Universe (just for us apparently), to call that a success is a wee bit generous.Perhaps she could acknowledge that the god fairy did what it always (seems) to do, that is fail dismally and embarrassingly.