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Kentucky's Kim Davis jailed, held in contempt

Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk of Courts, closes the door to her office after denying a marriage license at the County Clerks Office on September 2, 2015 in Morehead, Kentucky. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty)
Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk of Courts, closes the door to her office after denying a marriage license at the County Clerks Office on September 2, 2015 in Morehead, Kentucky.
Federal judges really don't like it when people ignore court orders and claim the law doesn't apply to them.
As she was being led out of the courtroom, the clerk said, "Thank you, judge."
 
Davis, if you're just joining us, is paid by taxpayers to issue marriage licenses, but she refuses to provide licenses to couples she finds morally objectionable, citing "God's authority." Davis and her lawyers have filed several appeals, all of which lost.
 
She could, of course, find some other job -- one that doesn't pit her professional responsibilities against her spiritual beliefs -- but she refuses to do so. As we talked about yesterday, Davis feels entitled to keep her job and refuse to do her job at the same time.
 
U.S. District Judge David Bunning, appointed to the bench by George W. Bush, apparently didn't find this persuasive.
 
Just so news consumers are clear, if you hear that Davis was jailed for her opposition to marriage equality, this is incorrect. She was taken into custody because she deliberately, brazenly ignored a court order. Davis was bound, not only to perform her official duties, but also to follow the law. She refused and is now in contempt of court.
 
Marriage-equality proponents did not ask the judge in the case to take her into custody, but by some measures, Judge Bunning didn't have much of a choice.