American Clerk Who Denied Gay Couples Marriage Licenses Gets Jail Term

U.S. District Judge David Bunning is holding Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who said she has God’s authority to deny gay people their constitutional right to get married — in contempt of court. ?She will remain in jail “until she complies or instructs staff to start issuing licenses,” reports WSAZ’s Dan Griffin.

 Three U.S. Marshals? reportedly escorted Davis away Thursday afternoon. USA Today reports that Bunning, who had ordered Davis to process marriage licenses for same-sex couples in a previous hearing, said that a fine wouldn’t be enough to force her to comply with the ruling. Davis, who believes that issuing same-sex couples marriage certificates “conflicts with God’s definition of marriage?” and violates her First Amendment rights, has become a symbol for religious freedom among right-wingers that include GOP presidential candidates Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee. 

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