Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Violated Civil Rights of Same-Sex Couples – FOX13 News Memphis

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis violated the civil rights of same-sex couples when she refused to issue them marriage licenses, a judge has ruled.

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The ruling was released Friday in two lawsuits filed against the former Rowan County Clerk, The Associated Press reported.

Two same-sex couples sued Davis when she denied them the documents that would have allowed them to marry.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning said Davis “cannot use his own constitutional rights as a shield to violate the constitutional rights of others in the performance of his elected duties,” the judge said. PA reported.

Davis said she has a religious objection to all same-sex marriages and stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples could marry nationwide.

A judge had ordered her to issue licenses and she refused, spending five days in jail because of it.

His staff ended up issuing licenses in his name but the papers didn’t have his name on the form, the PA reported.

Davis said she had qualified immunity that protected her from lawsuits for damages.

A jury will now decide what damages, if any, the couples might be owed, the PA reported.

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