If she refuses, the lawyers asked the judge to put the office in receivership and have someone else do it. In other words, without a petulant declaration of only doing this because they made me.
“I’m only a typical individual that has been touched by the finesse of God, and his kindness,” Davis said.
She was subsequently arrested, spending five days in jail before being released on condition that she doesn’t interfere with her office deputies issuing the documentation.
Ms Davis has become a heroine among conservative Christians who view marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Judge Bunning has not yet commented. “I can’t put my name on a license that doesn’t represent what God ordained marriage to be”. Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee even traveled to visit her there. Those documents were issued not in Davis’s name, but by “Rowan County“, according to Monday’s court filing, but they were good enough for the courts and for the couples who received them. The Herald-Whig reported immediately after Davis’ release from jail that Governor Beshear refused to spare the time or expense required to call the special legislative session that would have been needed in order to approve any proposed marriage licensing changes and as well as to validate their legality.
Kentucky officials haven’t said whether the altered licenses are actually invalid, and the ACLU seems unsure of that itself.
One deputy clear – just the one – now gives marriage licenses to same sex couples, but the court battle isn’t over. “They did not have my authorization”, she said.
Sam Marcosson, a constitutional law professor at the University of Louisville, said such receiverships are “unusual and extraordinary”, generally reserved for situations where other legal remedies are unable to end an ongoing violation of the law. And if she can’t do that, she has to be removed from office. And while Deputy Clerk Mason’s name appeared on the licenses, the form identified him as a “notary public” instead of a deputy clerk.
“It’s nearly a worst-case scenario”, he said. Davis is now free to only attend weddings that have a live possum present for the rest of her life if she wants too, because FREEDOM! She has been called Hitler and a homophobe, she said. “That I am a hypocrite of a Christian”, she said. “I’ve had people yellin’ and screamin’ and cussin’ me”, Davis told ABC News correspondent Paula Farisin a segment that aired on Good Morning America.
“So Godly authority trumps all authority in your mind?”
At the core of the issue is the fact that the civil rights group believes that the altered licenses treat gays and lesbians as second-class citizens.