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Kentucky County Clerk Hit With Major Legal Fees After Acting ‘Under God’s Authority’

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Former Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has been ordered to pay over $260,000 in attorney fees and expenses for refusing to issue marriage licenses to a same-sex couple.

She was briefly jailed in 2015 for her refusal and must also pay $100,000 in damages to the couple.

Davis defied the US Supreme Court in 2015 which legalized same-sex marriage.

She refused to sign marriage licenses to same-sex couples and cited her religious beliefs.

“Having obtained summary judgment on liability and a jury award of damages, Plaintiffs are unquestionably the ‘prevailing party’ and are entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses,” Judge Bunning ruled, who was nominated to the court by former President George W. Bush, wrote in his order.

Lawyers with Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit that says it “advances religious liberty, said, “This latest judgment now allows Liberty Counsel to ask the Court to reverse the jury’s verdict against Davis because there was insufficient evidence to award the plaintiffs monetary damages,” the organization said in a statement.

“If the motion is denied, Liberty Counsel will then appeal the case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.”

Joseph D. Buckles, an attorney for Ermold and Moore, said, “Our clients are pleased with the result. They continue to be appreciative of their community and have a renewed faith in the justice system.”

Davis lost her reelection bid for county clerk in 2018.

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