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Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2016

ACLU Praises Contempt Order Maintained Against Kim Davis,,,

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Davis announced that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but they will not have her name or office listed. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Ky., Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Davis announced that her office will issue marriage licenses under order of a federal judge, but they will not have her name or office listed. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

ACLU Says Decision is Reminder to Other Government Officials to Enforce Law, Not Place Themselves Above it

July 13, 2016

KENTUCKY – A federal appeals court today dismissed Kim Davis’s appeals in the Rowan County marriage licensing case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Miller v. Davis left in place the order that found Davis in contempt.

ACLU LGBT Project Staff Attorney Ria Tabacco Mar has this comment:

“Kentucky’s new marriage law goes into effect this Friday, allowing all loving couples to obtain marriage licenses in the state without fear of discrimination.  In light of the changes to the law, the court correctly dismissed Kim Davis’s appeals. Notably, however, the court kept in place a lower court order that found Ms. Davis in contempt for defying the law and denying our clients the marriage licenses they were legally promised. We’re pleased that the appeals court kept that decision on the books:  It will serve as a reminder to other government officials that placing their personal views ahead of the Constitution and the rule of law is not acceptable.”

More information on Miller v. Davis is available at:
https://www.aclu.org/cases/miller-v-davis

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