Five of six deputies in the office of a Kentucky county clerk found in contempt of court and jailed Thursday for her refusal to issue marriage licenses in wake of the Supreme Court decision to allow gays to wed say they will process the paperwork starting Friday.
U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning had placed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in the custody of U.S. marshals ready to take her to Boyd County jail if her office had not complied, saying fines were not enough and allowing her to defy the order would create a “ripple effect.”
“Her good-faith belief is simply not a viable defense,” said Bunning, who said he has deeply held religious beliefs as does Davis. “Oaths mean things.”
Davis, who was tearful at times, testified that she could not obey Bunning’s order because God’s law trumps the court. The sixth of her deputies who also said he would not issue licenses is her son.
“My conscience will not allow it,” Davis said. “God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.” Bunning warned other clerks — at least two other counties in Kentucky also shuttered their marriage-license operations for all couples — that his order applied to them, too. Five of Davis’ six deputy clerks told Bunning in an afternoon hearing that they would issue licenses, WOWK-TV, Charleston-Huntington, W.Va., reported; the holdout was Davis’ son, who works in his mother’s office…