Federal Court Upholds Contempt Charges Against Kim Davis, but Lifts Injunction

Kim Davis
(Photo : Courtesy of Carter County Detention Center) A federal court declined to vacate her contempt charge for defying court orders in August 2015, but cleared her of injunctions.

A US federal court turned down Rowan county clerk Kim Davis' appeal of the contempt charge she received, for which she had to spend six days in jail.

The court declined to nullify the contempt ruling against her for refusing to issue marriage licenses with her name on it to gay couples, while lifting the injunction against her.

Injunctions pending against her were dismissed because of the new Kentucky law applicable that does not require county clerks' name on marriage licenses.

The law was passed by state lawmakers earlier this year, and was to be applicable starting July 15.

Davis spent six days in prison last year for acting against court orders and refusing to issue licenses under her name, which she said violated her deeply-held beliefs.

Responding to the court's ruling, the American Civil Liberties Union said that it were in agreement with the court's contempt ruling even if the injunction was lifted.

Davis' lawyers welcomed the court decision which dismissed pending injunctions against her.

"This ruling completes Davis' victory over the injunctions obtained by the ACLU and solidifies the religious liberty accommodation provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and Governor Matt Bevin when they amended Kentucky's marriage licensing laws to remove the name and authorization of country clerks from marriage licenses issued by the Commonwealth," said a statement from Davis' attorneys from Liberty Counsel.

Tags Kim Davis, American Civil Liberties Union, LGBTI, Same-Sex Marriage

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