Holdout Kentucky Clerk Has Been Married 4 Times

Kim Davis can't easily be fired
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2015 12:45 AM CDT
Updated Sep 2, 2015 6:57 AM CDT
Holdout Ky. Clerk Has Been Married 4 Times
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with reporters following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky..   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Does Kim Davis get an employee discount on marriage licenses? The Kentucky court clerk making headlines for her refusal to grant licenses to same-sex couples is now on her fourth marriage, reports US News & World Report, noting that the 49-year-old was divorced in 1994, 2006, and in 2008. Confusingly, court records state that Davis gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband—twins that were fathered by the man who became her third husband but were adopted by her second husband. The leader of the Liberty Counsel group, which is providing Davis with legal representation, tells US News that Davis' history isn't relevant because she made a fresh start when she converted to Christianity four years ago.

Davis defied the Supreme Court yesterday with her continued refusal to issue marriage licenses, describing it as a "heaven or hell" decision about "marriage and God's word." NBC News reports that as an elected official, she can't simply be fired for not doing her $80,000-a-year job but has to be impeached, which would require a vote of the state legislature. She could, however, be fined for contempt when she appears before a federal judge tomorrow morning, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. The ACLU of Kentucky, which is representing couples suing Davis, says the plaintiffs want a fine serious enough to ensure "immediate compliance without further delay," but they don't wish to have her incarcerated. (More Kentucky stories.)

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