Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples has been found to be in contempt of court and is now being held in federal custody.
Davis was given the option of avoiding jail if she gave authority for one of her deputies to issue marriage licences, however, she told U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning that under no circumstances would she authorise anyone to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, citing her religious beliefs.
Five of the six deputies had agreed to issue the licenses, with the only deputy not wanting to issue a licence being her son.
Judge Bunning offered little sympathy for Davis, telling her that her personal beliefs must not influence the way in which she conducts the public services that are central to her employment.
“I myself have genuinely held religious beliefs (but) I took an oath,” Bunning said. “Mrs. Davis took an oath; oaths mean things.”
Davis has taken a strong religious stand point citing to, as she sees it, defend the sanctity of marriage despite the tawdry details of her own personal relationships being publicly aired this week.
It emerged that Davis has been married four times to three different husbands. Her second and fourth husbands are the same. The first three marriages ended in divorces in 1994, 2006, and 2008.
She is the mother of twins, who were born five months after her divorce from her first husband in 1994. Her third husband is the biological father of her twins, who were adopted by her fourth husband, Joe
Current husband Joe has remained fiercely defensive of his wife’s position against same-sex marriage, describing himself as “an old redneck hillbilly”.