Kim Davis Jailed for Contempt

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A federal judge in Kentucky held the Rowan County clerk in contempt of court on Thursday. Federal marshals escorted her to jail immediately after the hearing, the AP reported.

Davis had refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a federal district court order, citing her Christian faith. In June, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples could not be denied the right to marry.

As my colleague Garrett explained yesterday, Davis’s appeal was doomed to fail from the start. The Supreme Court denied her request for an emergency stay of the lower court’s order on Monday. Davis continued to refuse to issue licenses to same-sex couples after the highest court weighed in, prompting today’s hearing.