Kim Davis Ask Appeals Court To Halt Marriages In Her County

AP

Kim Davis — the Kentucky clerk who stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the Supreme Court gay marriage ruling — is taking another stab at stopping same-sex marriages in her county.

Her lawyers filed a petition Friday with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to halt an order by a district judge requiring that marriage licenses be issued to all couples seeking them, Buzzfeed reported.

The district judge, Judge David Bunning, initially ordered Davis on Aug 12 to issue licenses to the four couples who brought a lawsuit against her for refusing to oversee their marriages. A stay to that order brought by Davis’ lawyers was denied by the appeals court as well as the Supreme Court.

Bunning expanded the order Sept. 3 to apply to all Kentucky couples seeking for marriage licenses in the county, which Davis’ lawyers say in Friday’s petition “lays waste to well-established principles of jurisdiction and due process in the federal court system.”

Davis was held in contempt in court and jailed last week for her refusal to comply with the Aug. 12 order. Bunning expanded the order when he ruled that Davis be held in custody for her defiance and her deputy clerks began issuing the licenses when she was in jail. Upon Davis’ release from jail Tuesday, Bunning ordered she should not get in their way, an order her lawyers suggested she would defy.

Davis has not yet returned to work since being released from jail and is expected to return next week.

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Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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