Jailed Clerk's Son Also Won't Issue Marriage Licenses

But 5 other deputy clerks will, so he won't face jail or fines
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2015 7:12 PM CDT
Jailed Clerk's Son Also Won't Issue Marriage Licenses
Nathan Davis, seen here refusing to issue a marriage license last month, told a judge he won't comply with the court's order, even after his mother, Kim Davis, was jailed today.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

After Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed today for refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, five of her deputy clerks agreed to comply with a court order to start issuing licenses tomorrow, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. But there was one holdout: Davis' son Nathan, who told Judge David Bunning he would not comply. The Chicago Tribune reports county clerk is a bit of a family job in this case, as Kim's mother held it before her. Fortunately for Nathan, Bunning ruled he wouldn't face contempt charges or jail time because his co-workers had agreed to follow orders. Though, the Herald-Leader reports, not all those co-workers were happy about it. "I'm a preacher's daughter," one deputy clerk told the judge. "This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life."

Kim Davis' lawyers' attempt to have her released from jail since her deputies would be issuing licenses was thwarted by Davis herself, who said she would stop her employees from following the court's order were she to be freed, the Herald-Leader reports. Bunning warned the deputy clerks against any "shenanigans," such as continuing to refuse marriage licenses or making up reasons to close the office, in Davis' absence. At least two gay couples plan to try for a marriage license tomorrow. "We're going to the courthouse tomorrow to get our marriage license, and we're very excited about that," April Miller tells the Tribune. (Read more Kim Davis stories.)

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