| LOUISVILLE, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Lawyers for jailed Kentucky
county clerk Kim Davis said on Monday they had asked an
appellate court to force Governor Steve Beshear to let her
refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses based on her
The lawyers sought emergency relief from the 6th Circuit
Court of Appeals, asking it to grant Davis an exemption from the
"governor's mandate that all county clerks issue marriage
licenses," the non-profit legal advocacy group Liberty Counsel,
which represents Davis, said in a news release.
"The governor's refusal to take elementary steps to protect
religious liberties has now landed Kim Davis in jail," Liberty
Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver said.
The lawyers sought the injunction on the fifth day that
Davis, 49, was in jail for contempt of court after defying U.S.
District Judge David Bunning's orders to issue licenses to
same-sex couples because as an Apostolic Christian she opposes
"As a prisoner of her conscience, Davis continues to request
a simple accommodation and exemption from Governor Beshear, who
is overseeing Kentucky marriage policy," said the emergency
request for an injunction.
Outside Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, where
Davis was being held, about 150 supporters gathered, local media
reported. On Tuesday, Republican president hopeful Mike Huckabee
was expected to hold a rally in support of Davis outside the
A group of about 30 demonstrators descended on Bunning's
neighborhood in a Cincinnati suburb in northern Kentucky to pass
out fliers in support of Davis, said Lieutenant Casey Kilgore of
the Fort Thomas Police Department.
"(We're) encouraging all the neighbors to pray for David
Bunning to let Kim Davis go," protest organizer Cal Zastrow
The exemption would cover all marriage licenses. The lawyers
in their court filings on Monday referred to some of the options
they have suggested other than mandating the clerk's name on all
marriage licenses. They ranged from having the county judge
executive issue the licenses to allowing a deputy clerk to issue
them devoid of Davis's name or authority as Rowan County Clerk.