Defiant Kentucky Clerk Sent to Jail for Refusing to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis jailed today for contempt of court. As of right now, she shows no signs of giving in, saying earlier today that she was willing to go to jail before she would issue licenses to gay couples

ASHLAND, Ky.—A federal judge Thursday declared a Kentucky county clerk who opposes same-sex unions on religious grounds in contempt of court for defying his order to issue marriage licenses—and sent her to jail until she complies.

Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, had unsuccessfully appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to delay an order by the judge that she issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples, gay or straight.

“The court does not do this lightly,” said U.S. District Judge David Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky. But “it’s necessary in this case.”

He said Ms. Davis had made clear that she would continue to violate his order and that imposing fines on her would be insufficient to force her to comply.