Kim Davis, the previous Rowan County in Kentucky, violated the constitutional rights of two same-sex couples by denying them the license needed for marriage. The marriage of same-sex couples was made legal by a declaration in the Supreme Court of the U.S. in 2015.
Kim Davis Denied Marriage Right To Two Couples
It is still under discussion whether Kim Davis would have to pay a fine in the form of damages to those couples who were denied the right to marry. Though the judgment in the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges stated that same-sex couples can marry in 2015, still Kim Davis did not allow that in her Court. Thus, she was charged with contempt of court for this six-year ago mistake.
This Friday a ruling was given by David Bunning, the Judge of District Court of the U.S. that marriage is a fundamental right and will be included as per the Fourth Amendment in the Constitution of the U.S. Thus, Kim Davis violated the fundamental rights of David Moore and David Ermold and Will Smith and James Yates.
As per Bunning, Kim Davis cannot get past her violation with the defense of her own constitutional rights which allows her to perform her tasks as an official elected in the judiciary. The same-sex couples are demanding compensation, damages, and even money for legal fees that they spent in huge amounts in this lengthy court fight.
In the words of Ermold, the couple demanded compensation due to their horrible experience and humiliation for having different sexual orientations. The second couple also said that the damages would compensate them for all the negative publicity and threats they received for their argument with Kim Davis.
The Court has already decided that Davis has indeed violated the constitutional rights and the amount of damage is only left to be decided.