Kim Davis defends actions while losing another bid to stall gay-marriage case

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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis might go back to jail for interfering with marriage licenses.

The Kentucky clerk who was jailed for five days after refusing to issue any marriage licenses after a ruling by the U.S. A federal judge on Wednesday denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis a stay of his order requiring her office to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples.When Davis was released from jail earlier this month, US District Judge David Bunning ordered her to “not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly” with the issuance of marriage licenses.FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — She’s already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples. Supreme court effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide defended her actions in a cable news exclusive Tuesday on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.” Kim Davis told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly she weighed the cost of her decision and if it would land her in jail, but never thought of leaving her elected position because she didn’t agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

It was the latest setback for the clerk, who objects to same-sex marriage on religious grounds and was previously jailed rather than issue licenses to gay couples. According to a report filed by counsel for deputy clerk Brian Mason, when Davis went back to work, she confiscated all of the original forms for marriage licenses and altered them to remove any mention of the clerk’s office, instead noting that the licenses are being issued by a “Notary Public” and “Pursuant to Federal Court Order #15-CV-44 DLB.” The changes attempt to make it clear that Davis and her office have nothing to do with the licenses, and they’re instead being issued only as a result of a federal court order. She also responded to criticism that she had been married four times and had children in an adulterous relationship, claiming that she’s been “washed clean” and forgiven by God.

Davis is prepared to return to jail over her beliefs, according to an interview that aired Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America” — the first she’s given since her refusal to issue licenses gained national attention. “I have never once spouted a word of hate. This is the religious accommodation Davis always wanted: Her conflict is that Kentucky law requires her name and office to be on the licenses, which she sees as a tacit endorsement, on her part, of same-sex marriages. Although, she disagreed with one person who was married in her absence who said they “finally felt human.” Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are backing the couples who’ve brought lawsuits against Ms Davis. Nor did the new form mention her name or references to a “deputy clerk.” “[I]llegally tampering with marriage licenses – perhaps with the intent to render them invalid – seems like a step beyond her initial law-breaking,” Stern noted. “Before, Davis was only telling same-sex couples to get married in a different county.

Judge Bunning said Wednesday that without the clarification, he would have “left other eligible couples at the mercy of Davis’s ‘no marriages policy.’ ” He wrote, “Such an approach would not only create piecemeal litigation, it would be inconsistent with basic principles of justice and fairness.” Ms. As Georgetown Law professor Marty Lederman at the blog Balkinization wrote, the new licenses will likely stand up to legal scrutiny — especially after both Gov. The appeals court denied the request last week on the legal technicality that her lawyers did not first ask the district judge for a delay, as federal court rules require. Davis’ legal team redirected the appeal to Bunning, who rejected it Tuesday. “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.” Ponder chased after him at speeds of up to 115 miles per hour before the driver, Joseph Johnson-Shanks, stopped abruptly and fired at Ponder’s patrol car.

Johnson-Shanks was later shot and killed by police after officials said he pointed a gun at another state trooper and ignored orders to lower the weapon. Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said the bullet that killed Ponder hit the side panel of his bulletproof vest, calling it a “one in 10,000 shot.” Materials for protecting police cars and other security vehicles range from impenetrable glass to a bullet-resistant coating to cover windows that can slow down or deflect a bullet. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo has asked Brewer to study the issue and make some recommendations to lawmakers before the start of the legislative session in January.

Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton says 29-year-old Matthew Johnson was climbing down when a knot on the sheets came loose, dropping him about 20 feet. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 23 states allow voters to register to vote online while another five plus the District of Columbia have not yet implemented their systems. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the state Board of Elections says it will cost about $45,000 to implement the electronic voter registration system, with the money coming from the federal Help America Vote Fund.

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