Yesterday, Kim Davis was arrested by order of Eastern District Federal Judge David L. Bunning on charges of contempt of court. This happened after the Rowan County Attorney told Kentucky Trial Court Review that “deputy clerks would issue lawful marriage licenses. They are simply afraid to do so. And if Judge Bunning instructs them to do so . . . they will.”
Among LGBT supporters and external observers, the reaction was a mix of schadenfreude, legal reminders and post-event frustration.
Also, much rage from her misguided supporters.
But of course, today, Rowan County’s deputy clerks, sans their elected employer Kim Davis, has now started issuing licenses, while marriage supporters are being harassed by anti-LGBT Christian preachers.
The next issue for these couples to face, however, is how their licenses will be treated without Davis’ signature. While she is entrenched in jail, Kentucky law only allows for impeachment or election as removal processes for elected officials outside of resignation; no recall elections are allowed in Kentucky. Impeachment can only be done by a session of the full State Legislature of Kentucky.
In the meantime, while Davis remains Rowan County’s marriage clerk, all registering couples’ licenses are in legal limbo.