Christian protesters demonstrated outside of the home of U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, today because he ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to be jailed last week for contempt of court (video below).
Davis has refused to issued gay marriage licenses and would not allow her staff to do so either, per her self-identified Christian religious beliefs.
Almost 30 protesters, including two ministers, picketed outside the judge's house, demanding that Davis be freed. There were also U.S. Marshals guarding the judge's home, WCPO reports.
Rev. Philip "Flip" Benham (one of the protesters) and Dr. Pat McEwen said in a press release:
We are calling for the sheriff of Rowan County to immediately arrest Judge David Bunning upon his entering the courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 10 for illegally incarcerating Davis and impeding her from performing her duties as county clerk. Judge Bunning is in contempt of the Court of Almighty God and the constitutions of both Kentucky and the United States.
...[Davis] has not violated any US or Kentucky law! There is no Kentucky or US law that makes same sex marriages legal or instructs clerks to issue licenses for them. The Supreme Court cannot make law – only the legislative branch of our government (Congress) can make law and Congress has made no such law!
However, the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause gives the U.S. Supreme Court the authority to overrule state laws, as it did in the case of gay marriage in July.
Benham, the dad of of anti-gay activists David and Jason Benham, protested in Charlotte in 2014 against lawful gay marriages.
The judge has said Davis can leave jail if she complies with the law, but she has refused to do so, or resign from her position, which pays her $80,000 a year.
Davis' deputy clerks have been issuing same-sex marriage licenses in her absence.
Davis' lawyers have filed an emergency appeal to have her released from jail.