Kentucky clerk Kim Davis blames governor for legal woes

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Clerk loses new bid to stall issuing marriage licenses.

Morehead resident Dallas Black spoke with the The Daily Beast after the news outlet began searching for the gay friends Davis claimed she had during an interview with “Good Morning America.” Black says he’s known Davis his whole life and that the two became close after she assisted him with paperwork at the Rowan County clerk’s office following his mother’s death.FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at her side, greets the crowd after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, in Grayson, Ky.The Kentucky county clerk was released earlier this month after she agreed not to prevent her deputies from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in Rowan County. And she’ll remember wearing it as she walked out of the jailhouse to Eye of the Tiger, thrusting her arms in the air in a fog of ecclesiastical bliss, as dozens of people clapped their hands…for her.

The Kentucky clerk has a job in which she’s supposed to issue marriage licenses, but Davis doesn’t want to issue licenses to couples she deems morally inadequate. But she’s prepared to go back behind bars, she told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in an interview on “The Kelly File.” And Davis never thought of resigning when it became clear that a federal judge would rule her in contempt over her refusal to certify local couples’ vows, she said. “If I resign, I lose my voice. I really want to believe that the kind, sweet person who was there when my mom passed away is still there,” he said. “I was friends with Kim in the past, but I don’t know this woman I’ve been seeing.” Black said Davis’ decision to fight so hard against marriage licenses for gay couples was surprising to him and that he feels she’s taking it to an extreme. Why should I have to quit a job that I love, that I’m good at?” Davis said. “I’ve been a county employee and served the public well for over 26 years before I got elected.” She added, “It just comes back to, you know, they can accommodate for all sorts of other issues, and we ask for one simple accommodation and we cannot receive it. Black even had her home phone number. “Even after this all started, I went in a few days later and we spoke,” he said. “We talked about how each other were feeling, and how we’re gonna be friends even after all this.” “I really don’t know who Kim is at the moment.

Indeed, given her public notoriety, if she asked far-right leaders for a paid position somewhere, Davis probably wouldn’t have much trouble landing another gig – one which her conscience would be comfortable with. I mean, it just doesn’t seem right.” Kelly asked Davis if her attempt to block gay marriage in the county would lead to members of other religions refusing to uphold the country’s laws over their views. “So you have millions of Christians who object to this whole same-sex marriage issue,” Davis said. “Are their rights invalid? He says many LGBT Kentuckians choose the town as a home for its diverse and accepting environment. “This is kind of like a sanctuary for people who came to [Morehead State University]. Black said he tolerates Davis’s views—even members of his own family don’t support same-sex marriage—but turning the town into a “backwoods” laughingstock is really upsetting.

I mean, it’s a valid point and it’s a fight worth fighting for.” Davis has removed her name and county from marriage license forms in violation of her federal court order, a Rowan County deputy clerk alleged in a court filing Friday. Davis’ argument is that she should continue to be paid to perform duties she refuses to do – to the point that she’s comfortable defying court rulings, her oath of office, and court orders.

District Court Judge David Bunning on Wednesday dismissed Davis’ arguments that she is likely to suffer irreparable harm by having to issue the licenses. “This argument is unpersuasive because Davis has created her own risk of harm by violating a valid order issued by this court,” Bunning wrote, adding, “As for the public interest, the court simply notes that the public has an interest in the enforcement of valid court orders.” The ACLU has asked the judge to order Davis to reissue the licenses that were issued while she was in jail, which were altered to remove Davis’ name, job title and county. She made us feel like our home was invaded by strangers, and she made us strangers to it.” Black says despite the controversy, he would be there for Davis if she came seeking support, as she was there for him in his time of need.

That aside, Black says Davis wouldn’t be on his wedding guest list, as he’d like to keep it small and full of people who support same-sex marriage wholeheartedly. Her attorneys with the Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based firm that opposes gay rights, asked the appeals court to toss Bunning’s order that expanded the licensing mandate to all couples, arguing that because the couples who sued her received a license, she should not have to issue any more while the case is pending. Davis’ lawyers redirected the appeal to Bunning, who rejected it Tuesday. “It would … allow her to reinstate her ‘no marriage licenses’ policy during the pendency of the appeal and likely violate the constitutional right of eligible couples,” he wrote.

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