Lawyers appeal contempt ruling against Ky. county clerk

Attorney Roger Gannam (left) with Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis. Photo: CBS News

MOREHEAD, Ky. — In Kentucky on Sunday, lawyers for county clerk Kim Davis said they filed an appeal — challenging the ruling that put her in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

“Getting her out of jail is a priority for us because she doesn’t belong there. She is a prisoner of conscience,” said Attorney Roger Gannam is one of the attorneys representing Kim Davis. Her legal team is hopeful today’s appeal on the contempt order will get the Rowan County clerk out of jail soon.

“We hope through this first step and the subsequent appeals steps we take, we will be able to get a higher court to overturn the improper contempt order that Judge Brunning entered on Thursday,” said Gannam.

Sunday was the first day Davis’ husband Joe saw his wife since she was locked up for defying a court order.

Davis’ church didn’t hold its usual afternoon service.

But you would be hard pressed to find a church in Morehead that is not urging support for Kim Davis.

Sherman Chambers and his wife Vernice plan to do more. “I will support her any way she needs support,” he said. “Money. I’d even go to jail with her.”

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee shared his support for Davis, whom he plans to meet on Tuesday.

“A county clerk in Kentucky who, acting on her Christian faith, is criminalized, jailed without bail because she acted on her conscience and according to the only law that is in front of her,” said Huckabee.
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich responded: “I respect the fact that this lady doesn’t agree. But she’s also a government employee, not running a church.”
© 2015 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s