Historic KY case far from over

Historic KY case far from over

Historic KY case far from over

A former Kentucky county clerk has been ordered to pay $260,000 in fees and costs in a case that began in 2015.

The ruling against Kim Davis is in addition to $100,000 in damages that a jury said she should pay the same-sex couple that sued her for not issuing them a wedding license for religious reasons. Davis was briefly jailed over her refusal.

Attorney Mat Staver is the founder of Liberty Counsel, the law firm representing Davis.

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"We will be filing a request with the district judge, Judge Bunning, in this case to reverse or set aside the jury verdict because there was no basis for the jury to award damages to the Ermold plaintiffs," Staver tells AFN. "There's no damages as it relates to lost wages, and they presented no evidence with regards to emotional damages or emotional injuries."

If the judge does not set aside the jury verdict, Staver says Liberty Counsel will take the case up on appeal and argue that this jury verdict should be reversed for several reasons.

"Not the least of which there is no evidence in the record for damages," he explains, "and more importantly, there is a constitutional First Amendment religious freedom issue that's at stake."

Staver expects that "eventually" Liberty Counsel will be at the U.S. Supreme Court fighting to extend religious freedom beyond Kentucky to the entire nation – "and to challenge the Obergefell decision from 2015, asking the High Court when we get there to overrule Obergefell."

Obergefell v. Hodges was the SCOTUS ruling that legalized same-sex "marriage" in the U.S.