Lawyers for Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis have filed a petition with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop a district judge’s demand that she and her office issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Her legal team with the non-profit Liberty Counsel also will file a lawsuit against Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, accusing him of failing to accommodate her Christian faith.
Liberty Counsel said Monday the appeals court has ordered an expedited process for at least one part of Davis’ case with District Judge David Bunning. He was the judge who ordered Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses and sent her to jail for refusing to comply. Later, Bunning expanded his order to cover any same-sex couple seeking a marriage license.
WND reported Friday that Davis’ lawyers requested a speedy process to address the dispute. Within hours, the appellate judges agreed, ordering arguments submitted by the end of the day Tuesday.
Pending before the higher court are a series of appeals on Davis’ behalf, including her challenge to Bunning’s original order to violate her faith and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She also is challenging the contempt order that sent her to jail as well as Bunning’s huge expansion to his original order.
“This case is far from over,” said Mat Staver, chief counsel of Liberty Counsel, “We will not rest until a permanent accommodation is made for Kim Davis.
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