Kentucky gay couple awarded $100,000 after being denied marriage license

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09/14/2023

A gay couple has been awarded $100,000 by a federal jury after a former county clerk refused to give them a marriage license. Kentucky couple David Ermold and David Moore sued clerk Kim Davis when she denied them a marriage license based on her belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Davis, a born-again Christian, first made headlines back in 2015 when she made a similar refusal to hand over a marriage license to a gay couple “under God’s authority”, which resulted in her being briefly sent to jail. She was released after five days when her staff issued the marriage licenses but removed her name from the forms. In 2019, when Davis was first taken to court for denying Ermold and Moore a marriage license, she argued that she couldn’t be sued because she was protected by sovereign immunity from her 2015 lawsuit.

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