Kim Davis, the infamous Kentucky clerk sent to jail on contempt of court charges for refusing a federal judge's order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has lost her latest appeal of the judge's decision. Davis argued that the judge's decision should only apply to the four couples who sued for the right to attain licenses and not all couples seeking licenses.
Davis has lost every time she's appeared in court, but she continues her quixotic quest to stand in the way of marriage equality in the Bluegrass state. Also this week, Davis has filed a new appeal of the rulings that sent her to jail for contempt of court, claiming the judge who issued them was “threatening to hold her hostage indefinitely as a prisoner of her conscience." She is not expected to win.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning original ruling in favor of the couple suing Davis was unclear as to whether it only applied to the plaintiffs or all couples. Bunning later clarified his ruling to say it applied to all couples seeking marriage licenses.
All four couples suing Davis received their licenses while she was in jail. The licenses were issued by a deputy clerk willing to perform the duty.
Kentucky's incoming Governor, Republican Matt Bevin, is expected to push legislation to "accommodate the religious convictions of Kim Davis and other Kentucky clerks," according to Davis's attorneys at the right-wing legal group Liberty Counsel, designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.