KENTUCKY: Appeals Court Upholds Contempt Ruling Against Kim Davis For Refusing Marriage Licenses

Via press release from the ACLU:

A federal appeals court today dismissed Kim Davis’s appeals in the Rowan County marriage licensing case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Miller v. Davis left in place the order that found Davis in contempt.

ACLU LGBT Project Staff Attorney Ria Tabacco Mar has this comment: “Kentucky’s new marriage law goes into effect this Friday, allowing all loving couples to obtain marriage licenses in the state without fear of discrimination. In light of the changes to the law, the court correctly dismissed Kim Davis’s appeals. Notably, however, the court kept in place a lower court order that found Ms. Davis in contempt for defying the law and denying our clients the marriage licenses they were legally promised. We’re pleased that the appeals court kept that decision on the books: It will serve as a reminder to other government officials that placing their personal views ahead of the Constitution and the rule of law is not acceptable.”

As you’d expect, the Liberty Counsel makes no mention of the contempt ruling.

“We celebrate this final victory for Kim Davis,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We asked the federal court of appeals to set aside the lower court injunctions against Kim Davis. The ACLU objected and today the court sided with Kim Davis. The injunctions are gone and Kim Davis received the accommodation that she requested. County clerks are no longer forced to compromise their religious liberty and conscience rights,” said Staver.

  • Just A Tranny

    I’ll bet you 1,000 to 1 he’s had a dick in his mouth. . . .

    • Lakeview Bob

      Of course he has had a dick in his mouth. He is obsessed with gay sex.

    • Adam King

      A flaccid, disappointed one, no doubt.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Is Liberty Counsel imaginary? No one could lose this many lawsuits.

    • God’s will.

      • Adam King

        “I, God, being imaginary, hereby bequeath the Christian self-righteous hate scam to Mat Staver et al. in the hope that they line their pockets with the gullibility of others in perpetuity…”

    • DirtyPierre

      Deep pockets from religious organizations

    • The_Wretched

      They make their money on fund-raising emails to conservatives rather than their legal services fees or by winning cases. I’m at a loss to explain how they are still licensed to practice. They aren’t doing their clients any good by losing every single case they bring.

      • clay

        They’re licensed in Florida as a religious social mission.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Simply losing every case is no reason to be disbarred! Or is it???

        • RJ Bone

          Nah, initially they were on attorney forums as “What Not to Do.” Now they’re a blocked term that will get you banned for 24 hours if their name appears in your posts.

          If there was an “Attorneys Behaving Badly” Tumblr, they’d be at the top.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            ‘If there was an “Attorneys Behaving Badly” Tumblr, they’d be at the top.’

            Not in a good way, I assume!

          • RJ Bone

            Newp! There is an “Authors Behaving Badly” Tumblr dedicated to ripping authors to shreds using asinine complaints, while the complainers try to sound intelligent.

            So that. But in this case a good thing.

        • The_Wretched

          It calls into question the validity of their legal reasoning and competence. Courts do occasionally bar attorneys (and plaintiffs) who file excessive numbers of frivolous cases.

          There’s also the underlying rule of the attorney ethics rules; don’t embarrass the profession.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            “Courts do occasionally bar attorneys (and plaintiffs) who file excessive numbers of frivolous cases.”

            Bar, yes. Disbar–citation needed!

          • The_Wretched

            It’s rare but real – http://bfy.tw/6lDp that’s a google shortened LMGTFY.

    • bkmn

      No they are a real scam with the full backing of the owners of Hobby Lobby who gives them ample money to keep fighting fer Jeebus.

      • boatboy_srq

        Put that way, I’m kinda happy they’re still in business: they can’t win a case and they’re sucking their donors dry. If they weren’t so thoroughly annoying, it would even be kinda fun to watch them losing both their cases and Hobby Lobby’s money.

    • Gest2016

      Liberty Councel is a poor-man’s Westboro Baptist Church.

      • Rex

        Without the colorful signs.

      • boatboy_srq

        Liberty Counsel is the beggared-former-rich-man’s Westboro, more like. Their donors are being fleeced at attorney-billable-hour rates, and those aren’t cheap.

    • sTv0

      Liberty Counsel? Losers? Why, yes. They’re much like their client, Kimmy…who wears a face that’s obviously been hit by many balls over the years.

      Yes. Losers.

      • RJ Bone

        They skipped the balls and went straight for the baseball bat to the cranium. It would explain the behavior and superjesusdevotion thinking.

    • Adam King

      The goal of Liberty Counsel is not to win, it’s to make money. The more they lose, the more they appeal–so, more money. The more they appeal, the longer they can stretch out the scam. Winning isn’t in their radar.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Well, if they win they get money, too! What a racket!

  • Ernest Endevor

    I blame Obama.

  • Send her to JAIL!

  • The_Wretched

    Send her back to jail. She didn’t follow the judges orders on anything.

  • lymis

    She did NOT receive the accommodation she was sued for. Let’s not forget that she not only refused to issue licenses, but refused to allow any of her employees to do so either, forcing same-sex couples to go to another county for a license.

    What’s in place now is that she simply doesn’t have to put her name on the licenses her office is legally required to issue. Liberty Council is moving the goalposts just so they can declare a victory. Color me surprised.

    • Guffey

      That doesn’t sound like a loss actually. Maybe she didn’t stop marriage licenses being issued but she, as a county employee, doesn’t have to sign something that is (was?) part of her job? possibly in her job description? Hmmmm… that’s a little germ-like and I hope that kind of refusal of specified duties doesn’t spread.

      • Buford

        There’s a fine line between ‘reasonable accommodations’ and ‘refusal of duties’. In my opinion, I don’t have an issue with someone recusing themselves from a function that offends their stupid faith as long as others in the office can provide the same service with no inconvenience to the customer. As long as the customer is served, it doesn’t matter to the customer who does it.

        From there, it’s up to the employer to determine if that reasonable accommodation has crossed the line and become an employee who is not earning their salary.

        • bzrd

          Maybe a reduction in salary would be in order.

          • Buford

            Maybe… again, a matter between bosses and their employees. As long as we, the customers, receive the service we are requesting, I don’t think we have to demand that it come from a certain individual. As long as same-sex couples can get licenses without delay in that Kentucky County, who gives a shit if they get them from Davis herself or from one of her staff and whether/not they have Davis’ name on them..? Non-issue to me.

        • Balderdashing

          Why should someone else’s job load and demand for availability be increased to “accommodate” someone who isn’t doing their job? Davis knew this potential requirement was immanent when she last ran for office. Running for public office is not an entitlement for incumbents.

          • NancyP

            My guess is that she will lose the next election.

          • Buford

            ‘Reasonable’ is the key word, and (like I said above) it’s for the bosses and employees to figure that out. A good example is the Muslim flight attendant who, for years, refused to sell alcohol on planes… with no issue. Her coworkers had no trouble re-arranging duties so that she could avoid the booze cart. Then, one day, a coworker complained… and the complaint contained racist, Islamophobic undertones… and the lawsuits started.

            Until the complaint, there was no issue… the accommodations her ‘reasonable’ according to all involved, and no passenger/customer complaints because they couldn’t buy alcohol from that one specific flight attendant.

      • BobSF_94117

        She never had to sign them. The forms referenced the authority of the county clerk. I don’t remember the details of the change they made, but it didn’t really satisfy her demands. Liberty Counsel (with her cooperation) just pretended they had gotten all they wanted so they could declare a win.

    • Buford

      She refused to let her office staff issue licenses which had her name on them. The accommodation here is that her name was removed from the licenses, so her office (but not Davis herself) will continue to issue licenses… right?

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Great post, lymis! Totally agree!!!

      And she “doesn’t have to put her name on the licenses” only because the Kentucky legislature changed the law so that the name of the clerk doesn’t go on the form any more!

      • neusys

        Yes! There lovely RePUBElican whose first promise was the change the license form.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Can she just go to the Home for Horrid Fashion so that we can’t hear of her again?

    • Rex

      They rejected her, imagine that.

  • Rex

    Nice to see the Liberty Counsel is getting a lot of use out of that Word Salad Spinner I sent them.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Actually, their statement is a carefully constructed lie.

  • Mr. M

    My favorite was when she came out with *uckabee and Mat Staver after she was released from jail and raised her arms and cried out to Jesus. He probably was thinking “Eeeeeesh – I’m not with this crazy betch!”

  • JT
    • Paula

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    • Blake J Butler

      Never is it going to get old.

    • PickyPecker

      Her gawd sends powerful messages!

    • sTv0

      That’ll be $25k, please, Gov. Huckabee. 🙂

      • Todd20036

        Still cheaper than a Trump U degree

    • Sk3ptic

      This photo never gets old.

      • bzrd

        Lovely keep sake for kimmy dear as she ages, and her drooping boobs go farther and farther south ’til they touch her knees, she can look at this photo, which never gets old, with such fond memories of when she had a figure to show off draped in the haute couture of the trailer park thinking, “man was I stunning !”

        • Chucktech

          Bet she doesn’t get the “See You Next Tuesday” part…

    • Princess Lardass

      Initially, I thought it only applied to Davis. But now I think it equally applies to Huckabee.

    • Hank

      Lets give her the CONTEMPT cup she deserves!!!

  • Todd
    • HAAAAAAA

      ….

  • MrRobotoLA

    I’m glad the Court reached this conclusion. Whether or not the governor changed the rules after the fact is moot, she did damage to the lives of those people she denied. Just because Nancy Kerrigan went on to compete in the Olympics didn’t make Tonya Harding and her goons any less of the criminals than they were.

  • AtticusP

    Contempt?

    That’s the first word that comes to MY mind when the topic of Kim Davis comes up.

    • David F.

      Nauseous is what I think of and get every time I see her pic. They should use her picture when they teach abstinence classes.

  • TKW

    And she’s pleased as punch.

    • Pollos Hermanos

      Why ya gotta insult Roz like that?

      • clay

        Cuz it’s easy.

        • Pollos Hermanos
          • Bryan

            Bonjour.

          • Guy Johnson

            I know just where to stick it.

            My favorite movie of all time.

          • Pollos Hermanos

            “I’d just say that if you want to gossip in the ladies’ room, I’d check under the stalls, first, for her shoes.”

          • glass

            “Violet honey would you come over here for a second?”

            I adore this movie. And I would love to give some “Skinny & Sweet” to LC, AFA and the FRC.

          • Guy Johnson

            Who’s this? I don’t know.

            Where’s Hart? I don’t know.

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            Im crazy for Frankie and Grace! Fonda and Tomlin are great together once again!

          • PickyPecker

            It’s a wonderful program. Altho, I do wonder if they’ll ever consider bringing in Dolly for an appearance….maybe a counselor or something. They all seemed so natural working together.

          • Reality.Bites

            I believe I’ve read that’s something they’re trying to make happen.

          • Adam King

            pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease…

          • Stephen Elliot Phillips

            that would be fun, wouldnt it

          • John30013

            The first season was great. I haven’t watched the second season yet, but I plan to.

          • 2guysnamedjoe
        • TrollopeReader

          arrrrghhhh!!

          • clay

            No, no, not easy like that!

      • 2guysnamedjoe
  • Gest2016

    That face needs a pie thrown in it SO badly.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      They tried. Problem is that Kimmy continually eats every pie brought within a 5 mile radius of her.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Hence the convenience of the table cloth she wears all the time.

        • bkmn

          Tablecloth? Looks more like an 8 man tent.

          • OdieDenCO

            I hear it’s slept 4.

          • nocadrummer

            bkmn might be more accurate. Although I’d guess there may have been more. If 4, we’re only talking about [traditional Christian-based] marriages. Barnyard workers and animals behind the shed don’t count.

          • bkmn

            At least.

          • bzrd

            Well, one came back for “second helpings.”

    • anne marie in philly

      I’mma going in for the bitchslap…multiple times til the bitch bleeds!

  • Octavio

    Yat! Thank you bloody baby jeezbuzz!

  • boatboy_srq

    Aren’t she and Liberty Counsel done venue-shopping yet? Oh, right, that would mean LC couldn’t bill any more hours to this charade…

    • coram nobis

      Next step is to appeal to the Supreme Court, and good luck getting them to hear it. Most they can hope for is a snippy opinion from RBG telling them that cert. is neither a candy mint nor a breath mint, and they can go sit on a writ.

  • Rex

    “This Final Victory for Kim Davis” As long as it’s the last time I hear her wretched name I’ll let you have that.

    • OdieDenCO

      I want to hear her name at least once more when her Obit is read.

  • Frostbite

    Liberty Counsel – Striking out is what we do best!

    • TrollopeReader

      3 – 126 or so by my generous count ! 🙂

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Oh KIM !!! Why has the Trump never mentioned you ? You have that long beautiful hair, a passion for fashion and the same if not more marriages.
    Stay by your landline, I’m sure he will call soon !

    • bkmn

      Melanoma won’t let him ever talk about Kim Davis because she doesn’t want Kim to be Trump wife #4.

      • Egon Rothschild

        can’t be trump wife #4. kim’s a citizen. afaik, none of wives 1-3 were.

        • ColdCountry

          Marla Maples was.

          • Egon Rothschild

            i stand corrected. then there’s hope for kim!

          • ColdCountry

            I wouldn’t go THAT far….

        • bkmn

          Melanoma doesn’t know that.

  • bkmn

    I know the couples she screwed over want to put the whole mess behind them but I think they should be filing civil suits against her and Libety Console for pain and suffering and ask for significant damages.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I do too! Plus whatever punishment goes with the contempt charge.

      • bzrd

        Bj, she went to jail for the contempt charge.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Sue her on the ground of religious discrimination. The Latter-day Studs (Church of Tom of Finland).

  • Randy

    Still a win for our Kim: more victimhood.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Poor stupid folks rely on an incompetent law firm to defend them. “You are sentence to life time in prison! Matt Staver : We celebrate the victory against the suppression of the freedom and liberty in America. Our client openly defy the injustice system and will held his head high and proudly stay in jail to show America. We will always stand on our moral and principal as an American. This is a good day to be American.” ……

  • Bj Lincoln

    So what punishment com with this contempt charge? I would be pissed if it is time served. I would not call what time she did spend in jail really jail. She had a cell to herself and plenty of visitors every day. I think eating, showering and spending time locked up with some crazy bitch is more like it.

  • 2patricius2

    Ding Dong, the witch is screwed. Which old witch? The wicked witch.

    • coram nobis

      As coroner I must aver, I’ve thoroughly examined her:
      We find her most contemptible,
      And really reprehensible!

  • coram nobis

    Wasn’t Liberty Counsel applying for new help? (See prev. story).

    Put that one in your F1 McLaren and smoke it!

  • Bill

    A foolish slob.

  • ETownCanuck

    ..

  • pleasebereasonable

    Poor thing didn’t pray hard enough.

  • anne marie in philly

    bwhahahahahahah! SUCK IT, H8ER BITCH!

  • Ninja0980

    Y’know Kim, when one of the most conservative courts in the country keeps telling you to fuck off, maybe you should take the hint and give up a fight you won’t win.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Or as the Court put it: “NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PUBLICATION”

  • Alan43

    Isn’t her 15 minutes up yet?

    • bzrd

      It’s Ground Hog Day, we get to have her fifteen minutes, over and over and over…………….

      • Neely OHara

        Well, the “hog” part certainly makes sense…

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Staver: “The ACLU objected and today the court sided with Kim Davis.”

    Totally false. The parties BOTH agreed that Kentucky S.B. 216 will deprive the Court of jurisdiction to hear the appeal; and an Order implementing that agreement was entered by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

    The Court also wrote: “The district court’s September 3, 2015 order holding Davis in contempt of court [DE 75] does not meet the requirements for vacatur under Munsingwear and its progeny, and it is therefore not vacated.” April Miller v. Kim Davis, Nos. 15-5880 & 5978, Order On Appeal From the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (6th Cir. filed Jul. 13, 2016). Available at: http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/16a0393n-06.pdf

  • Bryan

    Shorter Staver: omitting half the facts is twice as much fun!

  • Jerry Kott

    Her husband/husbands, should be charged with Beastiality.

    • bdsmjack

      Squeal like a pig, bitch!

  • rednekokie

    All she has to do is to obey the law — just like everyone else.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Wait, so does the Sixth Circuit’s decision that the conviction for contempt is not vacated, mean that the appeal is still pending as to that conviction? Did she appeal her conviction separately? Hello, ACLU?

    • Davis was appealing three orders issued by the district court: 1. the initial preliminary injunction; 2. a modification of the preliminary injunction; and 3. the order holding her in contempt.

      Davis herself asked that the appeals be dismissed and all of the orders she was appealing be “vacated” i.e., made to go away as though they’d never happened. The 6th Circuit dismissed the appeals, per Davis’s request (and not objected to by the plaintiffs) and did order the district court to vacate the preliminary injunctions. However, the Court did not vacate the contempt order. That order still exists, but is no longer the subject of a current appeal at the 6th Circuit.

      Technically, this decision doesn’t “uphold” the contempt order because the 6th Circuit didn’t make a ruling on the merits. It merely dismissed Davis’s appeal of the order (at her request) and refused her request to make the order go away altogether.

      Here is the 6th Circuit order, if you want to read it: http://bit.ly/29PVD6A

      The entire case now goes back to the district court (after some possible delay to wait for the 6th Circuit to issue a mandate) for proceedings on any unresolved issues.

      • Thanks for the backgrounder. Helps untangle this mess quite a lot.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        I get it now, dude–thank you for explaining! It was a negotiated settlement, I forgot. I also read the Sixth Circuit’s Order which was not very revealing. But her conviction is still res judicata against her–!

      • Btw, did you note the member of the panel, “The Honorable Judith E. Levy, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, sitting by designation”? That’s this Judy Levy: http://bit.ly/29EUYUz

        I met her both before and after her appointment to the bench. She attended several days of the Michigan marriage trial in Judge Friedman’s court (she used to clerk for him) and she was, of course, at April and Jayne DeBoer’s wedding that I had the honor of attending.

  • RJ Bone

    One more tolerance-win toward world domination! *said in a WW2 propagandist voice*

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “And she just flew through Anger Management…”

    — Mat

  • bdsmjack

    Can the Fashion Police sue her for wearing that mint green schmatta?

    • TrollopeReader

      Well, Mint and Kentucky go hand-in-hand, but I’m not sure they’d let Kim anywhere near Churchill Downs ….

  • Natty Enquirer

    How can you tell when a lawyer is lying?

    • TrollopeReader

      How can you not? (with apologies to the great legal minds here at JMG ! )

  • Webster

    If we must hear about little Kimmy again, then let’s revisit the “Cell Block Tango” again…

    https://youtu.be/14C3TZg6NQM

  • fuzzybits
  • Robert Conner

    Hand me that there copperhead, Brother! I’m gettin’ the Holy Ghost!

  • JCF

    For you, Kim:

  • RickCabral

    Aren’t people a little tired, by now, of her patented beatific, little girl, “Jesus loves me!” look? Ewwww!

  • Scott Wyant

    That’s as close to a win as this group has ever seen

  • Tom (Wpg)

    This is how a jeebus girl looks when she’s wetting herself in ecstasy.

  • leastyebejudged

    Delicious hillbilly tears of indignation…

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    • Spray on abs

      Your annoying posts are annoying me. By Felicia.

  • Sean

    Of course the propaganda whores as “Liberty” Cult are violating their “God’s” rules about lying. This is one of the many reason why Mat Staver will burn Hell after he is punished for his anti-LGBT savagery the same way Himmler would have for doing the same had he not killed himself first.

  • Virgoman1

    The bitch was not vindicated at all! Any so called victory was a clarification of an ill-conceived Ky. law, one of many in many places. S he violated Federal Law, she should be in jail. Bigotry has it’s price!