Judge David Bunning has ordered Kim Davis to be jailed for contempt for defying court orders to issue licenses. She has already been taken into the custody of the federal marshal and will remain there until she agrees to comply with his orders.
“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order,” Judge Bunning said. “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”
You can see a timeline of today’s events with live updates here.
The judge said that he was not imposing a fine as requested by the attorneys for the couples denied licenses because it would not be a deterrent since someone else would pay the fine. He also warned the deputy clerks that the same fate would befall them if they too refuse to issue licenses. He gave them time until 1:45pm today to meet with public defenders and decide what they will do when he reconvenes the hearing.
Here is video of the scenes outside the courthouse.