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Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis went to jail yesterday for refusing to hand out marriage licenses to gay couples, but today was a new day in Rowan County. The deputy clerks stepped up and did their jobs, leaving religious conservatives with nothing to do but howl.
PHOTO: Deputy clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, hands marriage license to same-sex couple: http://t.co/Xny8Utkzv8 pic.twitter.com/Yu30XXIdam— The Associated Press (@AP) September 4, 2015
From NPR via WFPL:
...Yates and Smith walked up to Deputy Clerk Brian Mason.
Mason was all business. He checked their licenses, asked them if they were related, took their $35 and, in about five minutes, handed them an envelope and said, "Congratulations."
Yates and Smith had become the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license from Rowan County.
They exited to chants of "Love has won. Love has won."
"I don't want her in jail," Yates said of Davis. "No one wanted her in jail. We just wanted the licenses given out. This isn't a blessing. It's an official license."
Clerk Kim Davis's attorney, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, immediately announced that any new licenses are invalid. Of course, he is wrong, since Judge Dunning ordered her under deputies to get back to work or face contempt charges themselves.
“They are not being issued under the authority of Rowan County and they’re not worth the paper that they’re written on,” said Mat Staver, chair of Liberty Counsel, the non-profit law firm that is representing Davis.
Sam Marcosson, a law professor for the University of Louisville, said the marriage licenses are valid because Davis had no authority to stop issuing them in the first place.
“Since she’s acting contrary to her legal duties and without authority any actions she would take to block the marriage licenses would be invalid,” he said.
Second gay couple getting marriage license in Rowan County @courierjournal pic.twitter.com/2iFYKADbA9— Chris Kenning (@ckenning_cj) September 4, 2015
What a Rowan Co marriage license looks like. ^JC pic.twitter.com/26HbGLRVak— Bluegrass Politics (@BGPolitics) September 4, 2015
Demonstrators inside the clerks office called 2nd couple "perverts" as they got license. Supporters turn backs. pic.twitter.com/Fs8YxHGEDg— Chris Kenning (@ckenning_cj) September 4, 2015
Timothy and Michael Long celebrate after receiving their marriage license. The couple have been together for 9 years pic.twitter.com/qbBBpZqq81— The Trail Blazer (@MSUTrailBlazer) September 4, 2015
April Miller and Karen Roberts become the third same-sex couple to get a marriage license in #rowancounty pic.twitter.com/X7HfVmCG1r— Eyder Peralta (@eyderp) September 4, 2015
Oh, the bitching and moaning of the religious right - starting with Davis's attorney, who blew up at Chris Hayes for asking hard questions when all he really wanted to do is bash gay marriage:
Hayes: Mr. Staver, how is the fundraising going?
Staver: Why don't you ask the ACLU?
Hayes: They're not standing in front of me but I'd be happy to. I think they're doing quite well.
Staver: But you never asked that question of the ACLU. Why don't you ask that of the ACLU? Why don't you ask the people who represented O.J. Simpson, where they were getting their money?
Hayes: Mr. Staver --
Staver: It's absolutely irrelevant to the issue-- the issue is--
Hayes: Mr. Staver -- The issue is there's a woman in prison--
Staver: --accommodate her religious conscience and religious freedom. You may not want to address that, but--
Hayes: Mr. Staver, there are allies of yours - they think you're taking Kim Davis for a ride and basically raising money off her plight. So I'm just asking you the question. How are you doing on fundraising this week?
Staver: Anyone who asks that question does not know Kim Davis. Kim Davis has a strong conviction and conscience--
Staver: --She contacted us for representation. We are representing her. I can tell you we are putting a whole lot more money into the cost and expenses than we would ever get from this case. This was never about fundraising. It's conscience. If you can't get that simple idea that we've got freedom of religion and conscience rights. And the question is not whether she's sincere, not whether there's a collusion, but is there a reasonable way to accommodate her--
Hayes: No, no, the question is--
Staver: The answer is, yes there is.
Hayes: No, the question is, with all due respect, the question is - is there a limiting condition? You failed to give me one. Mr. Staver, thank you very much.
Staver: No, the question is--
Hayes: And very good luck--
Staver: whether they can--
Hayes: Thank you for joining us.
BREAKING: #KimDavis' attorney says she will appeal contempt ruling today http://t.co/TDR9T5KvNp pic.twitter.com/yXELHMNc1i— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) September 4, 2015
LOL - Kim Davis's husband calls the judge a "butt."
Kim Davis’ fourth husband says clerk won’t resign: ‘Tell Judge Bunning he’s a butt’ http://t.co/UtWatCCZhg pic.twitter.com/kXvTB6jehe— Raw Story (@RawStory) September 4, 2015
I'm holding an "#ImWithKim Liberty Rally" on Tue, Sept 8 @ 3 PM ET. Carter County Detention Ctr in Grayson, KY. #KimDavis #ReligiousLiberty— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 4, 2015
Rand Paul's 'solution' to Kim Davis problem: 'Why not just privatize marriage?' http://t.co/3dkkuEwCiP pic.twitter.com/Sjv0BEi5o3— Raw Story (@RawStory) September 4, 2015
Todd Starnes of Fox News:
The federal government has started incarcerating Christians. http://t.co/VcfBc4vfop— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 3, 2015
How many more Christians will Judge Bunning throw in jail?— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 3, 2015
Christian clerk jailed for not marrying homosexual couples. http://t.co/FKaBtW32dT Welcome to the new America.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 3, 2015
So our government allows illegals aliens to roam our streets but incarcerates a good-hearted Christian lady? #ImWithKim— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 4, 2015
Matt Barber of The Blaze:
Tonight a kind, well respected civil servant sits languishing, like some violent criminal, in a KY prison http://t.co/fnmwKtSrcF #ImWithKim— Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) September 5, 2015
The full-on criminalization of Christianity has begun http://t.co/D8V549vwjf #KimDavis #ImWithKim #FreeKimDavis #StandWithKim #tcot #pjnet— Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) September 5, 2015
Stand, like #KimDavis, fearlessly, lovingly and boldly for #Christ http://t.co/r47vpG85HJ #ImWithKim #FreeKimDavis #StandWithKim #tcot— Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) September 5, 2015
“We must obey God rather than any human authority” (Acts 5:29) http://t.co/xLo6sNofx0 #KimDavis #ImWithKim #FreeKimDavis #StandWithKim— Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) September 5, 2015
They wanted to make an example of her. Instead, they made a martyr of her. And awakened a sleeping giant http://t.co/fnmwKtSrcF #KimDavis— Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) September 5, 2015
Erick Erickson of Red State/FoxNews:
Erick Erickson says the jailing of a Kentucky clerk could lead to "another Civil War" http://t.co/TmQbxKPMkG pic.twitter.com/PNX0zdyj4K— Media Matters (@mmfa) September 4, 2015
Seriously? They’re jailing Kim Davis? Good grief.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 3, 2015
We've reached a point where you can ignore laws if you're on the left's team and go to jail on the right. What day does the Civil War start?— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 3, 2015
Because if we really have become a nation of men instead of laws, that's going to happen when one side really wants power bad enough.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 3, 2015
Ben Shapiro of Breitbart (needs translation)