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I want to talk about Kim Davis and share my opinion of what has and is happening.  In 2014 Kim ran as a Democratic candidate for clerk in Rowan County.  She won, and subsequently took the oath of office in January of this year.  Following the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges in late June, Davis began denying same-sex couples marriage licenses.  Soon after, she begin denying marriage licenses to all couples, rather then issue them to same-sex couples.  Four couples that were denied marriage licenses filed a lawsuit against Davis.  Judge David L. Bunning of a Kentucky District Court ruled that Davis could not continue her policy of refusing to issue marriage licenses.  Davis appealed to the United States Supreme Court, but the appeal was refused.

Davis continued to deny couples marriage licenses until September 3rd, when Judge Bunning ordered Davis and her deputies to appear in court.  He found Davis in contempt of court and she was sent to jail.  Five days later, she was released with the condition that her deputies issue marriage licenses to whomever wants one and to do so without Davis name on the license.

What Davis did was similar to what I did, but on the opposite moral spectrum.  I issued marriage licenses against PA law, and when I was asked to stop, by the court, I complied, where she did not.  There is a great article describing the differences between Kim Davis and me in detail, written by Angela Giampolo, entitled, Upholding the Rule of Law: Kim Davis Versus D. Bruce Hanes.  I encourage you all to read the article.

I am proud to have fought for marriage equality in Pennsylvania and I am proud that the Kentucky court system defended the rights of same-sex couples.

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  • D. Bruce Hanes
    published this page in News 2015-09-16 11:40:12 -0400