Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was hauled off to jail Thursday morning after a judge found her in contempt of court.
“The idea of natural law superceding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed,” U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning reportedly told the Rowan County clerk, according to The Washington Post.
Bunning previously ordered Davis, an Apostolic Christian who claimed her faith prevented her from issuing the licenses, to grant them after she was sued by four same-sex couples for failing to follow the law. When she continued to deny the licenses, she was ordered back in front of the judge Thursday.
Davis has garnered much support for her stance against gay marriage, but she has also made many enemies. Twitter exploded with reactions Thursday when she was found in contempt and ordered to jail:
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union reportedly requested in court Thursday that Davis be fired for failing to perform her duties, CNN reported
A large crowd of protesters gathered outside the courthouse, the news site said, most of them Davis supporters. The clerk has also received support from presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, too, who said in a statement quoted by The Post, "I spoke with Kim Davis
this morning to offer my prayers and support. I let her know how proud I am of her for not abandoning her religious convictions and standing strong for religious liberty. She is showing more courage and humility than just about any federal office holder in Washington."
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