Things Just Got Worse for Kim Davis

A three-judge panel ruled that Bunning needed to review the case,  saying, “The district court concluded that because Ermold and Moore were eventually issued a marriage license, the dispute in their case was resolved. We conclude that the district court’s characterization of this case as simply contesting the ‘no marriage licenses’ policy is inaccurate because Ermold and Moore did not seek an injunction, they sought only damages. This action is not a general challenge to Davis’s policy, but rather seeks damages for a particularized harm allegedly suffered by a specific set of plaintiffs.”

This ruling means that the suits can move forward. Ermold and Moore’s attorney has argued that the couple’s rights were violated and suffered emotional distress as a result of Davis’s actions. He said, “That doesn’t go away because the office in Rowan County started issuing licenses to same-sex couples. That doesn’t mean we weren’t damaged by the constitutional violation that happened months earlier. That’s what this case is about.”

The decision comes as reports surfaced that President Donald Trump will issue an executive order on “religious liberty” on Thursday, the National Day of Prayer. The order is reportedly similar to laws signed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of Indiana. According to the Nation, a leaked draft of the order “seeks to create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious or moral objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity, and it seeks to curtail women’s access to contraception and abortion through the Affordable Care Act.”

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