ACLU files contempt of court motion against Kentucky clerk

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Morehead, KY (AP) – An attorney says the Kentucky clerk who won’t issue marriage licenses and all her deputy clerks have been called for a federal court hearing Thursday morning.

Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins says the federal court alerted him that a hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 3 in Ashland.

Watkins says clerk Kim Davis has been summoned to attend, along with all the deputy clerks who work in her office. The summons comes after two gay couples asked a federal judge to punish Davis by fining her, but not sending her to jail.

Lawyers for the couples filed the motion to hold Rowan County clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court on Tuesday morning, shortly after her office refused again to issue the licenses — this time despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.

Davis says her office is doing so “under God’s authority.”

The latest motion in the case asks U.S. District Judge David Bunning to hold Davis in contempt. Bunning will probably hold a hearing for the gay couples to present evidence, which could include testimony from Davis herself. Bunning would then decide on punishment. That could include fines, jail time or both, but the motion asks the judge to impose only financial penalties.

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