ACLU lawyers acting on behalf of the couples denied licenses by Rowan County clerk Kim Davis have asked the US District Judge overseeing this case David Bunning to levy fines on her for her actions. They do not want to punish her with jail time.
The ACLU said they do not compel her compliance through incarceration, but instead they urge the court to impose financial penalties “sufficiently serious” to compel her immediate compliance without further delay.
The lawyers also ask the judge to “state unambiguoulsy” that his original injunction applies to marriage licenses for all couples, not just the plaintiffs in the case.
Davis’s supporters are already comparing her to Paul and Silas in the Bible who were sent to prison but rescued by god. God is much weaker these days and will not be able to spring Davis from jail, so they are lucky that the lawyers are not asking for jail time.
The judge has scheduled a hearing for Thursday at 11:00am and ordered Davis and all the deputy clerks to attend, according to Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins.
One thing I have not been able to find out is what is going on in the two other Kentucky counties (Whitley and Casey) whose clerks Kay Schwartz and Casey Davis have also refused to issue licenses. I know that Casey Davis, who has vowed to die to oppose same sex marriage, is riding his bike across the state to raise support for their cause, rather than going to work and doing his job but that is about it.
Have they been sued? Any reader living in those areas able to let us know?
And I thought it interesting that none of the Republican presidential candidates have said anything about this as far as I know.