Kim Davis to be released, but must not interfere with marriage licenses. Huckabee horns in. | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Kim Davis to be released, but must not interfere with marriage licenses. Huckabee horns in.

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click to enlarge ARK./KY. GOTHIC: The Huckabees and the Davises after rally for the disobedient county clerk. - TWITTER
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A federal judge has ordered the release
of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis from jail, but he made  it clear she must not stand in the way of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. From CBS news:

A court order issued Tuesday says, "Defendant Davis shall be released from the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith. Defendant Davis shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples. If Defendant Davis should interfere in any way with their issuance, that will be considered a violation of this Order and appropriate sanctions will be considered."

She's been jailed six days for contempt of court and drawn a crowd of demonstrators in support of her, including presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz.

She had refused previously to allow her deputies to issue licenses. Licenses have been issued by deputies since her jailing and the judge  decided the office was now in compliance with the U.S. Constitution.

Will that continue?

PS — The text of the judge's order can be found here. It requires continued reports from the office on compliance.

The development may have thrown a wrinkle in Huckster's plan for a photogenic jailhouse meeting/photo op with the supposed prisoner of conscience — actually nothing more than a familiar figure to judges, somebody who doesn't respect the law. UPDATE: Photos show Huck heading into the jail with Janet Huckabee.

PPS — CNN is quoting Davis' attorney as saying she will stop issuance of licenses if they carry her name. Which might give the Huckster another shot at a jailhouse interview.

HUCKSTERING: Bro. Huck preaches to Kentuckty crowd on the evil judicial system. - TWITTER/MIKE HUCKABEE
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Also: the Human Rights Campaign has blasted Huckabee and Cruz for lending support to law-breaking. Huckabee aides shouldered Cruz out of the limelight and more or less became MC of the event, praising God for Davis' release, though credit goes to the same judge who put her in jail. Another dishonest turn on the law by Huckabee, who will stop at nothing. The Human Rights release on the demagoguery:

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to the press events from Senator Ted Cruz and former Governor Mike Huckabee in Carter County Kentucky today:

“Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee took a reckless and irresponsible trip to advocate on behalf of public servants who not only willfully flouted and ignored a federal court order, but also blocked other officials in the office from carrying out the law,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC’s Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs. “The right to believe is fundamental, but the right to use taxpayer dollars to promote discrimination is not. That’s exactly why the overwhelming majority of public officials across the country are upholding the rule of law and issuing marriage licenses to all couples, including same-sex couples who are seeking to get married. Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee’s argument that taxpayers should promote discrimination and reward government employees who practice discriminatory behavior will be rejected by a majority of voters who support marriage equality and believe LGBT people should be protected from discrimination like all Americans.”

Cruz and Huckabee have both supported the new, so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which would create a breakdown of government services and runaway litigation. It would permit a federal employee, for example, to argue that they could refuse to process tax returns, visa applications or Social Security checks whenever a same-sex couple's paperwork appears on his or her desk.

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