A federal court judge has sent Clerk Kim Davis to jail on contempt charges following her repeated refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Davis argued that her religious views should exempt her from issuing the licenses and that she was obeying “God’s law”.
“You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul,” she told the judge.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal.
The Federal Judge believed that by imposing a fine would have no effect in forcing her to comply with his order to issue marriage licenses.
Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the courthouse including supporters on both sides holding sign including “Equal love, equal rights” to the more radical “Turn to Jesus or burn”.
Over the last few days, Davis has been outspoken on the issue and told Fox News she was ready for any outcome:
“I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am,” Davis said. “This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me. This is about upholding the word of God.”
On Wednesday, Republican state Senate President Robert Stivers weighed in on the issue:
“The Supreme Court ruling has completely obliterated the definition of marriage and the process for obtaining a marriage license in Kentucky,” Stivers said in a statement to the Associated Press. “The General Assembly will be compelled to amend many sections of Kentucky law, not just for the issuance of marriage licenses, to comply with the recent Supreme Court decision.”
After she was jailed, hundreds of people outside the courthouse started chanting and screaming, “Love won! Love won!”