A federal court judge who previously has sided with arguments for partial birth abortion and homosexual clubs in public schools on Thursday ordered a county clerk from Kentucky who refused to violate her faith and issue “same-sex marriage” licenses to go to jail.
The ruling came from Judge David Bunning, who said fines were not enough punishment for the Christian, Kim Davis.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, which has been representing her, said, “Everyone is stunned at this development. Kim Davis is being treated as a criminal because she cannot violate her conscience. While she may be behind bars for now, Kim Davis is a free woman. Her conscience remains unshackled.”
He continued, “Kim Davis is a woman of strong faith. She never sought to be in this position. She would rather not be in this predicament. But here she is. All she asks is to be true to God and her conscience. And the tragedy is that there are simple ways to accommodate her convictions. Just remove her name from the marriage licenses. That’s all she has asked from the beginning. Today’s events will escalate this debate to a new level. This is not the kind of America the Founders envisioned or that most Americans want.”
The judge also told deputy clerks, according to Kentucky.com, they would start issuing those licenses immediately or join Davis in jail.