Taxpayers Stuck With $225,000 Bill For Kim Davis's Bigotry
Kentucky taxpayers will be stuck with a bill for $225,000 in legal fees for the case brought against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who infamously refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the state, because doing so would conflict with her deeply held Christian beliefs.
Two same-sex couples, and two opposite-sex couples filed the suit against Davis in July 2015.
Writes U.S. District Judge David Bunning:
"Davis represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky when she refused to issue marriage licenses to legally eligible couples. The buck stops there."
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Kentucky Public Radio's Ryland Barton explains to our Newscast unit, "The court said the state should be held responsible because Kentucky officials had the right to take action against Davis, but didn't."
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. But Davis, citing her religious beliefs, refused to comply, even spending a brief stint in jail for contempt of court. Bunning was the judge who ordered Davis jailed for five days.
The case grabbed national headlines. Davis met with Republican candidates for president and even with the pope.
By December 2015, Gov. Matthew Bevin ordered that Kentucky marriage licenses need not be printed with the name of the county clerk who issued them. That appeared to settle the issue for Davis, who proceeded to issue marriage licenses without her name.
The state has not yet decided whether or not it will appeal the decision.