Supreme Court lets lawsuits proceed against anti-gay marriage clerk Kim Davis

Supreme Court lets lawsuits proceed against anti-gay marriage clerk Kim Davis

October 5, 2020

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down an appeal from former Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who gained national attention after she was jailed for refusing to grant same-sex couples marriage licenses in 2015.

The court’s decision will let stand one from a lower court that allows lawsuits against her to proceed.

The court unanimously decided not to hear Davis’ appeal, but two conservative justices took the chance to again raise their concerns with the landmark ruling that allowed same-sex marriage nationwide.

Justice Clarance Thomas, writing for himself and Justice Samuel Alito, said Monday that Davis’ appeal is a “stark reminder of the consequences” of the 2015 same-sex marriage ruling, the Associated Press reported.

Because of the same-sex marriage ruling, “those with sincerely held religious beliefs concerning marriage will find it increasingly difficult to participate in society without running afoul,” Thomas wrote.

Davis, a Republican who was religiously opposed to same-sex marriage, stopped issuing all marriage certificates in Rowan County, Kentucky, after the Supreme Court’s decision in 2015.

Lawsuits against her were filed, and Davis spent five days in jail after refusing to comply with a judge’s order to issue the marriage licenses.

In her appeal, she argued a legal precedent called qualified immunity should block lawsuits from two couples. The suits will be able to move forward because of the Supreme Court’s decision Monday.

With Post wires

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