Appeals Court Drops Davis' Lawsuit Against Kentucky


The Kentucky clerk who made headlines for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples had her lawsuit against the state tossed out.

Kim Davis was originally at the center of controversy in August 2015 when she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples despite a Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationally.

Davis argued that by forcing her to issue the licenses to gay couples, the government was forcing her to violate her own personal religious beliefs. Her case drew the support of conservative groups and the condemnation of liberals who said her views were bigoted and called for her to step down.

After defying a judge's order to resume issuing marriage licenses, Davis served five days in a local jail. She then sued Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky and other state officials, according to UPI.

Bashear's term ended in 2015, and his successor, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, signed an executive order that removed county clerk names from marriage licenses, helping to sidestep the issue of whether a clerk is "endorsing" a marriage if his or her name is on the license.

Because of that, a federal appeals court ruled that Davis did not suffer "irreparable harm," as her attorneys argued in the original suit, and dismissed the case. A lawsuit against Davis filed by the American Civil Liberties Union is still pending, according to The Associated Press.

Sources: UPI, The Associated Press / Photo credit: davidmoore1976/Wikimedia Commons

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