Kim Davis freed, but repression remains

                                   Arrest photo of Kim Davis

                                 Arrest photo of Kim Davis

Kim Davis, the elected official who refused to authorize homosexual marriages, was released from jail today:

September 8, 2015

LOUISVILLE — The Rowan County, Ky., clerk who was jailed last week for failing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples was released from jail Tuesday after spending six days in jail.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning, who jailed Kim Davis for contempt of court Thursday, ordered her freed from jail, saying he was satisfied her deputies have complied with his order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex and straight couples.

After her release Tuesday, Davis could be seen standing with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee outside of the Carter County (Ky.) Detention Center where she was held.

In a two-page order, Bunning ordered the U.S. Marshal Service to release her on the condition that she shall not “interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.

If she does, Bunning said, “appropriate sanctions” will be considered.

He ordered court-appointed lawyers for the deputies to report every 14 days on their compliance. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/09/08/kim-davis-released-jail/71882274/

September 8, 2015

GRAYSON, Ky. — Kim Davis … thanked supporters Tuesday at a rally after her release from jail.

In a brief moment at the microphone during the rally, Davis tearfully told roaring supporters, ”I just want to give God the glory.”

With Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger playing in the background, Davis, who was jailed Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Bunning for contempt of court, was flanked by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and other supporters outside the Carter County (Ky.) Detention Center, where about 1,000 people were gathered. “He is here, he’s worthy,” she said in an affirmation of her faith and her refusal to issue marriage licenses in the wake of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/09/08/kim-davis-released-jail/71882274/

September 8, 2015

GRAYSON, Ky. — Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples, walked free Tuesday after five days, but she and her lawyer would not say whether she would abide by a court order not to interfere with the issuance of licenses by her office.

Five of her deputies in the Rowan County Clerk’s Office have been issuing marriage licenses since Friday, after telling Judge David L. Bunning of Federal District Court that they would do so. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/us/kim-davis-same-sex-marriage.html?_r=0

Kim Davis may end up in jail again.  Technically, none of the licenses issued in her county are valid as she has not delegated approval to her deputies there, but most are ignoring that aspect of the law.  Based on her past statements, it would not seem that she would be inclined to delegate that authority.

The hypocrisy of many pundits in the media about her has been appalling.  Today, I heard various ones say that no public official can violate federal law and should realize that those laws are subject to change, yet no one has jailed numerous government officials in various cities in the USA who openly do not comply with aspects of US immigration law. The way I heard one pundit on CNN today, you need to be willing to change on basically any belief you hold if you are any type of government employee.  Hence, we will see a tendency for more immoral and amoral people to occupy governmental positions as any with a semblance of historical morality are not really welcome. ... Read full article

 
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