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UPDATED: Judge Jails Kim Davis For Contempt Of Court



A federal judge has decided the fate of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis after she has repeatedly refused to obey several court rulings requiring her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning this morning heard from Kim Davis, her deputy clerks, and several Rowan county judges, all of whom have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples ever since the Supreme Court ruled in June the same-sex couples have the right to marry.

Judge Bunning found Davis in contempt of court and ordered Davis to jail. U.S. Marshals reportedly have her in custody.

Attorneys for Davis argued she is protected by the First Amendment from issuing licenses to same-sex couples, because doing so would “irreparably” harm her conscience. 

Davis has turned away countless same-sex and different-sex couples, including the four couples who brought a lawsuit against her back in July. Last month, Judge Bunning ruled on that case, ordering Davis to begin issuing marriage licenses. Her attorneys from the anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel have filed several appeals and emergency motions, but have been denied at every turn. Even the 6th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court have handed down decisions indicating a lack of support for Davis’ claim that the First Amendment protects her.

Local reporters noted a heavy police presence inside and outside the court house, and even Homeland Security was present.

Outside the court house, hundreds of supporters of Davis, along with preachers, braved the 90 degree heat and could be heard loudly chanting, nonstop, “God is great!” 

They also paraded about many anti-gay signs and called marriage equality supporters ugly names, like “homo terrorist,” and accusing same-sex marriage supporters of being “rapists.” Some brought bullhorns and used them to preach, “homo love is hate,” and “repent!”

Overhead, a plane trailing a sign of support for Davis could be seen:

Meanwhile, a smaller group of same-sex marriage supporters could be heard chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, Kim Davis has got to go!,” “No hate!,” and “Do your job!,” a sentiment the majority of the nation seems to support. 

Judge Bunning reportedly said fines would be insufficient to motivate Davis to take action, as they could be paid by her supporters. He said she is to remain in federal custody until she agrees to issue marriage licenses, or orders her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses, without regard to gender.

The news came at about 1:04 PM, two hours after the hearing began. At that moment, marriage equality supporters could be heard cheering.


Will Davis’ deputies join her in jail? 


Via the AP:
“The judge gave the deputy clerks time to go meet with public defenders and said the hearing will resume at 1:45 p.m.”


BREAKING: Five Rowan County Deputies Tell Judge They Will Issue Marriage Licenses

BREAKING: Marriage Licenses To Be Issued In Rowan County Kentucky Tomorrow

‘Criminalization Of Christianity’: Religious Right Goes Ballistic Over Jailing Of Kim Davis

The Kim Davis Case Is About Disobeying The Rule Of Law, Not About Religious Liberty


This is a breaking news and developing story and has been updated.

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Just 9 Republicans Joined Democrats to Uphold the Rule of Law and Vote to Hold Steve Bannon in Criminal Contempt



Only nine House Republicans joined with every Democrat in voting to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress. Thursday afternoon’s final vote was 229-202.

Bannon refused to obey a lawful congressional subpoena ordering him to hand over documents and to submit to congressional investigators for a deposition. His legal defense was mocked by experts after he tried to invoke executive privilege.

Minority Whip Steve Scalise had directed House Republicans to vote against the motion.

Top voting rights attorney Marc Elias warns against praising the nine Republicans for doing the right thing in this one instance: “all nine of them voted against voting rights legislation,” he tweeted.

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‘Act of War’: Trump Blasted for ‘Chilling’ Statement Calling Election an ‘Insurrection’



Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a “chilling” statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.

“The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an “act of war.”

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has “repeatedly” been “calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement,” according to reporter Jamie Dupree.

“All my colleagues were elected on November 3,” McGovern said. “If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate.”

McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:

Some journalists are also slamming the former president’s latest remarks.

S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, “Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he’s still lying. About all of it.”

Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a “chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection.”

Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: “In which Trump’s shamelessness continues to be his political super power.”

ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: “This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?”




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Watch: Garland Destroys GOP Congressman’s False Suggestion His School Board Memo Calls Parents Terrorists



U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday morning was forced to respond to repeated Republican false claims about his memo directing the DOJ to hold “discussions” with local leaders about threats of violence made against school board members, and several times had to push back hard against false accusations made by GOP Congressmen.

Franklin Graham, Stephen Miller, and countless others on the right for weeks have been falsely claiming that Garland has ordered DOJ to investigate parents merely for opposing school board decisions, mostly on mask mandates and what they claim is “critical race theory.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) on Wednesday during a Judiciary Committee hearing falsely suggested Garland was calling parents’ challenging school boards domestic terrorists.

“One example of a so-called terrorist incident was a parent, merely questioning whether school board members had earned their high school diplomas. Now that might have been rude, but does that seem like an act of domestic terrorism that you or your Justice Department ought to be investigating?” Chabot asked.

“Absolutely not,” Garland replied. “And I want to be clear the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish, about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools. That is not what the memorandum is about at all, nor does it use the words ‘domestic terrorism’ or ‘Patriot Act.’ Like you, I can’t imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism.”

As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.

Ironically, it was Congressman Chabot who, a decade ago, was legitimately accused of violating the First Amendment when his staffers directed local police to confiscate video cameras at the Congressman’s town hall event, held in a public school.

Chabot, ruffled and rebuffed by Garland’s response, decided to end the inquiry there.

“Thank you I’m nearly out of time.”


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