A Crowd Gathered Outside Of The Federal Courthouse And Cheered
The county clerk from Rowan, Kentucky, also known as Kim Davis, is in jail for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to be held in custody until she is able to comply with his instruction to issue marriage licenses.
“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order. If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems,” Bunning tells Davis. He did not simply fine her under the belief that it would have not been enough for her to do as her job requires.
“You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul,” Davis spoke to the judge during her testimony that lasted about 20 minutes.
Two GOP presidential candidates for 2016 released statements in support of Davis, including Bobby Jindal and Governer Mike Huckabee.
Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country. We must defend #ReligiousLiberty!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 3, 2015
However, Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, supported the move of Davis into jail.
WH spokesman Josh Earnest on #KimDavis: success of our democracy depends on rule of law & there is no public official above the rule of law
— Aru Pande (@aru_pande) September 3, 2015
Davis will remain in jail until she can comply with the Supreme Court’s law of legalizing same-sex marriage.