Judge Who Jailed Kim Davis Dismisses Outstanding Lawsuits Against Clerk

Bunning-DavisFRANKFORT, Ky. — The federal judge who once ordered Kim Davis to be placed behind bars because of her refusal to issue to homosexuals marriage licenses bearing her name, has now dismissed the outstanding lawsuits against the clerk since licenses are now being issued.

“In light of these proceedings, and in view of the fact that the marriage licenses continue to be issued without incident, there no longer remains a case or controversy before the court,” wrote U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Thursday.

 

As previously reported, Davis had been in national headlines last year after she declined to issue same-sex “marriage” licenses as long as her name was on the documents. Davis, who attends a Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal assembly, said that she would do so if her name was removed from the licenses.

Her refusal soon led to three lawsuits—Miller v. Davis, Ermold v. Davis and Yates v. Davis—filed by homosexuals who sought to force Davis to issue the licenses.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) led the legal push, and in September, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered that Davis issue the licenses despite her religious identity. As she continued to refuse to issue the licenses without the accommodation, Bunning ordered that Davis be placed behind bars until she was willing to comply. In the meantime, the judge arranged for a deputy clerk to sign the licenses in her absence.

Davis was released from the Carter County Jail five days later after her attorneys filed an appeal of the contempt order, and also because Bunning was satisfied that her deputy clerks were providing the licenses instead. He stipulated her release on the condition that she not interfere with her deputies.

By the end of the year, new Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin issued an executive order for the Department for Libraries and Archives to release new licenses that do not cite the county or the name of the county clerk. Months later, the state legislature passed a law altering the licenses similar to Bevin’s order.

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On Thursday, Bunning noted that since licenses are no longer being denied and the law now grants Davis her wish to have her name removed from the documents, both sides have now been accommodated.

“Kim Davis has won! We celebrate this victory for her and for every American,” Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, which represented Davis in court, said in a statement. “County clerks are now able to perform their public service without being forced to compromise their religious liberty. The case is now closed and the door has been shut on the ACLU’s attempt to assess damages against Kim Davis. ”

However, some had expressed disappointment with Davis for being willing to provide the licenses as long as her name was removed from the document.

“We’re still allowing the evil to continue, and it totally nullifies the interposition of the lesser magistrate in abating the just judgment of God,” Matt Trewhella, pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and author of “The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate,” told Christian News Network last year.

“It’s extremely important for people to understand that the interposition of the lesser magistrate abates the just judgment of God,” he said, “but with the path they’re taking in Kentucky, it will not.”


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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Today’s secular USA – a horror version of what bored people do when they have too much time and too much power and too much money but no real children of their own on Planet Earth. Homosexuality is sin and nothing of marriage. God Almighty established marriage only between one man and one woman. Submission to Western pervs is a disgrace as a human being, not just as a Christian. Americans are like all other Earthlings; they have no truth or liberty when they have no Bible.

    • Jalapeno

      Too bad you need to live in a country where different people have different beliefs than you, eh?

      • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Actually, that’s what I was thinking about you. 🙂 God bless Kim Davis!

        • Jalapeno

          Oh I’m more than happy to live in a country with tons of different beliefs…One of the things I like best about this country.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            You sure whine a lot about it. 🙂

          • Jalapeno

            Interesting.

            I have issues with people pushing their beliefs on others, and I tend to think people should think critically about their views…you think that’s “whining”?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            No, I think you mistake people having different views with having beliefs pushed on you. 🙂 So perhaps you’re not as tolerant as you think you are?

          • Jalapeno

            What makes you think that?

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Read your posts. Then look up self-awareness.

          • Jalapeno

            Okay. Sure.

            Great explanation.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Christian Americans brought the quest for the truth and fairness and liberty and democracy into the world because they were Christian-good before. Now America does not have a noble mission as the culture has become hopelessly immoral. Rich and powerful and depraved Americans force their immoral culture upon the world instead of spreading the noble religion of Christianity and good morality, manifesting what happens to indivisuals who do not submit to American Sodomism within the nation. Christians in the free world must resist the West’s tyrannical Sodomic inclination in order to stay free and make others free.

            The Holy Bible always shows the way of freedom to all mankind. All others only try to enslave mankind to villains, be it paganism or Sodomic secularism. The West has been too well-fed for too long and desires to oppress the Christians instead of colored people this century. Oppression from Sodomites is unacceptable; it’s a disgrace to mankind in consideration of the glory of God and human dignity. Enough of well-fed West’s crazy drunkenness. Rich pervs should not oppress the poor for warped amusement. Americans should be ashamed of their homeland – it’s anything but their noble hard-working Christian forefathers dreamed. Americans need to read the Holy Bible to be free.

          • Jalapeno

            So..you think that if the Christians don’t get special treatment and get rights to discriminate, they’re not free?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Dominion by Christians alone can provide everyone fairness, liberty, and safety. All others are oppressive and produce massive number of innocent human victims. It’s proven. USA forces the nations to comply with the West’s Sodomic inclination. The entire universe will testify how much mankind will submit to villains for the love of West’s filthy money, like 80 years ago. This time, the hostages are global children and not just the Jews. The West needs the Biblical instructions and real parents for it to stop being evil.

          • Jalapeno

            Ah. Got it. You want a theocracy.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, the only way for sanity, as written in the Declaration of Independence. Americans are to submit only to God, not to Sodomites.

          • sangrita

            At least she admits it. Although I take no comfort from that thought.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Double nailed it right there.

            He just wants to take up space.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            You nailed it.

  • Robert

    One ness Pentecostal. Davis is ..Dont they reject the christian doctrine of the Trinity ?

  • Robert

    The article brought up the religion of Kim Davis not me. And its not chtistian.

  • [email protected]

    the important thing is that gay couples have access to marriage in compliance with the law. That is now happening and so the remaining cases were dismissed tying up the loose ends here. If compliance was not in place the court would have needed to take more action but that was not the case here. It is absurd to see Liberty counsel attempting to spin this as a win for their side. Their Goal from the start was to get people who would defy SCOTUS and to have jurisdictions in which gay people could not marry. they failed at that goal and Kim Davis received the consequences for defying the law.