ACLU poised to lose last attack on Ky. clerk
The Rowan County Clerk served five days in jail rather than have her name on a license for a couple’s same-sex “marriage.”
Now, the ACLU – which sued Davis over her stance is trying to collect $233,000 in legal fees and costs.
The Christian county clerk’s attorney, Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver, told OneNewsNow that ACLU attorneys know that they do not have a chance at victory.
“In fact, the court of appeals previously dismissed the case, closed the file, the lower court dismissed all the cases, closed the file … and now the ACLU wants attorneys’ fees and they were never the prevailing parties from the beginning,” Staver explained. “They didn’t get what they wanted and that’s why the case has been dismissed.”
However, Staver maintains that there is another motive behind the request for money.
“They’re trying to actually get the court to reopen the case that both the federal court of appeals and the lower court already dismissed and closed, so they’ve got a big hurdle to overcome,” the legal expert contends. “They’re wanting to get attorneys fees for something they didn’t do, so that’s why the cases have been dismissed, and they’re just throwing this up as a Hail Mary pass hoping something will happen in their favor.”
No other clerks in Kentucky will face the same situation as Davis. The legislature passed a bill, and Governor Matt Bevin signed it to make sure that no county clerk goes to jail based on his or her religious beliefs about unnatural marriage.
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