A severe opponent of same-sex marriage has been imprisoned for refusing to uphold federal law — in her federal job. It was an emotional day for both supporters and detractors of LGBTQ rights when Kim Davis was led away for breaking the law.
Kim Davis, 49, a Kentucky County clerk, was taken into custody today after a judge found her guilty of contempt of court due to her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses in Rowan County. Because of her heavy opposition to same-sex marriage, Kim refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone, gay or straight, in order to skirt claims of bigotry. That claim didn’t work very well in court.
U.S. District Judge David Banning ruled against Kim on September 3 before deputy marshals removed her from the courtroom, taking her to jail. Now, her time in prison could be very, very short. Kim can be released as soon as she agrees to issue marriage licenses to both straight and same-sex couples. Easy, right?
Kim refused that option in court, reiterating her belief that her “conscious would not allow” her to issue the licenses, as it went against her religious beliefs — despite the fact that the Supreme Court demanded she do so.
What a strange, polarizing case. The ACLU first advised that Kim be issued a fine for her actions, but Judge Banning opted for the harsher sentencing, as he didn’t believe she would change her ways with that punishment, according to ABC News.
The reaction to Kim’s sentencing was mixed. Same-sex marriage supporters apparently gathered outside the courthouse and cheered when they heard about her sentencing. Others believed that Kim’s religious freedom rights had been violated, and were livid about the ruling!
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— Samantha Wilson