Kentucky Clerk Again Accused Of Interfering With County Marriage Licenses
Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is once again being accused of hampering the processing of marriage forms, according to new court filings.
The court documents, filed by the American Civil Liberty Union attorneys who are representing couples who sued Davis, state that she is not complying with a court order that prohibits her from interfering with deputy clerks when they issue licenses to eligible couples. Davis' actions "render their validity questionable at best," the documents say.
Davis, who cited her religious beliefs as the initial reason for refusing to process marriage forms to same-sex couples, returned to work in Rowan County last week. As we reported on Davis' first day back at work, she had vowed neither to authorize such licenses nor to obstruct her deputies from doing so.
The court documents cite a deputy clerk named Brian Mason as saying that Davis has interfered through changes in the marriage license application form.
The document goes on to state that the marriage licenses in their altered form "feature a stamp of animus against the LGBT community" because they effectively "create a two-tier system of marriage licenses throughout the state."
ACLU lawyers are asking U.S. District Judge David Bunning to order deputy clerks to issue the same form as those issued before Davis returned to work. The group also wants the county to reissue any marriage forms that have been processed since Davis returned to work and to place the Rowan County Clerk's Office into a receivership.
According to The Associated Press:
Here's the full court filing.
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