Kim Davis Appeals Jailing

Lawyer says holdout clerk didn't receive due process
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2015 6:23 AM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2015 7:07 AM CDT
Kim Davis Appeals Jailing
Supporters of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis hold up signs in support of her, outside the Carter County Detention Center, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Grayson, Ky.    (Joe Gerth/The Courier-Journal via AP)

Kim Davis is prepared to stay in jail indefinitely rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or quit her job, but her lawyers are trying to get the Kentucky county clerk out immediately. "While most Americans are enjoying the extended holiday weekend with family and friends, Kim Davis sits in isolation for the fourth day in jail," attorney Mat Staver said in a statement yesterday, per CNN. "We are working through the holiday to secure Kim's freedom." An appeal of the contempt of court ruling that sent Davis to jail has been filed and Staver says lawyers will argue that Davis did not receive "proper notice and due process" before she was incarcerated, the LA Times reports.

Davis—whose deputy clerks in Rowan County, apart from her son, are now issuing marriage licenses to all couples legally entitled to them—has signaled that she is willing to accept a compromise that would see her name removed from the licenses, but that may not happen until January. Staver, comparing his client to Martin Luther King Jr., says she is not going to resign or "sacrifice her conscience" but is willing to suffer the consequences of her decision. Around 300 protesters supporting Davis gathered outside the county detention center on Saturday and Mike Huckabee plans to join another rally tomorrow, the AP reports. (More Kim Davis stories.)

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