Kim Davis Takes Legal Action Against Kentucky Governor For Violating Her Religious Freedom

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Oct. 1 2015, Updated 11:43 a.m. ET

Kim Davis, the infamous county clerk from Kentucky who is in the news currently for refusing to do her job, is suing the Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear for violating her religious freedom by requiring her to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, reportsUSA Today.

Davis’ original claim to fame was her five-day stint in jail that was a result of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. When the governor sent out a memo requiring all clerks in the state, including Kim, to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim felt that her rights to religious freedom were infringed upon by the governor.

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In the lawsuit, Davis claims that the Kentucky governor “took it upon himself… to set and announce new Kentucky marriage license policies and command county clerks to abide by such policies.” The lawsuit Kim is filing also asserts that the request for clerks to abide by the federal ruling was “specifically targeting clerks like Davis who possess certain religious beliefs about marriage.”

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