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Behind bars

Judge orders Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing same-sex marriage licenses

By WITW Staff on September 3, 2015

A county clerk in Kentucky landed in jail for repeatedly denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky, was jailed for contempt of court by Judge David L. Bunning of Federal District Court on Thursday. Though previously ordered by the court to issue the licenses, Davis has defiantly refused, citing her religious beliefs as a conflict. “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.” Davis was still collecting compensation for her job, despite her refusal to serve same-sex couples.

Read the full story at The New York Times.