Attorneys for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, in briefs submitted to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals citing “conduct that violates civil rights,” are calling on the court to rule that Kim Davis alone is responsible for the nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs racked up by the four same-sex couples who sued her in 2015 after she defied a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and refused to issue marriage licenses to the couples, according to reports in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Davis is the former Rowan County clerk who got famous by refusing “on God’s authority” to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that made marriage equality the law of the land. Davis — who has been married four times to three different men — spent a brief time in jail on contempt of court charges and became the darling of the far right, thanks to her efforts to defend the sanctity of marriage against the evil gays.
Gov. Bevins, the Herald-Leader points out, has praised Davis as “an inspiration … to the children of America,” but the governor’s attorneys are blaming her for the lawsuit and the costs associated with it, saying that she failed to do her job and, in briefs filed with the appellate court, that she acted alone without any state support.
Davis lost her bid to be re-elected to a second term as county clerk last November. She was beaten in that race by a Democrat, Elwood Caudill Jr., who was endorsed by the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group.