Magazine article Church & State

Ky. Officials Ordered to Pay Fees in Kim Davis Case

Magazine article Church & State

Ky. Officials Ordered to Pay Fees in Kim Davis Case

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State officials in Kentucky have been ordered to pay nearly $230,000 in attorneys' fees to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the case involving Kim Davis, a former clerk in Rowan County who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Citing her personal religious beliefs, Davis refused to follow the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling upholding marriage equality. She ordered every clerk in her office to turn away same-sex couples and eventually stopped issuing marriage licenses entirely. She was lauded as a folk hero by far-right extremist groups for her stance, but several couples who had been denied licenses sued over the matter.

Davis lost in court but refused to obey the ruling, a stand that led her to spend some time in jail. In November 2018, voters in Rowan County removed her from office.

Under federal law, the ACLU lawyers who represented the couples who successfully sued Davis are allowed to recover attorneys' fees. …

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