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U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Thursday ordered defiant Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to jail after she repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses.
The couples who originally sued Davis had asked Bunning to punish fine her, but did not request jail time. Bunning said he could not fine Davis because someone would pay the fine on her behalf. He said he would *send her to jail until she agreed to begin issuing marriage licenses*. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. Marshal. She was not in handcuffs.
Davis, who has repeatedly defied court orders by refusing to issue marriage licenses, will be taken to the Carter County jail, according to sources there.
Davis stopped issuing licenses to all couples in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. Despite rulings against her, she’s turned away couples again and again, citing her Christian beliefs and “God’s authority.”
19 But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? 20 We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”
I would just like to remind everyone of the famous poem written by Pastor Martin Niemoller
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Agree or disagree with her convictions, the fact remains that this woman has the first amendment right to freely live by her religious convictions. It is a sad day in this country when the government jails Christians for living by their convictions.