Former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis now owes same-sex couple $100k in damages
Kim Davis – the former Rowan County Clerk who refused to offer same-sex marriage licenses in 2015 – is now set to pay tens of thousands of dollars to a gay couple she turned away.
A jury has awarded David Ermold and David Moore a total of $100,000 in damages. The couple was denied a marriage license in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.
Couples famously confronted Davis at the time, with the former clerk telling them she was acting on "God’s authority" in denying them the licenses.
While Davis claimed the requirement violated her religious rights, eight years on, courts found she violated the couple’s 14th amendment right to marry. They were turned down three times.
But a separate jury found another same-sex couple who sued over the same matter, James Yates and Will Smith, were not owed any damages.