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The ACLU Says Kim Davis Is Violating Her Court Order

The ACLU has filed a motion saying Kentucky clerk Kim Davis violated a court order not to interfere with marriage licenses issued by her office.

By Jake Godin, Matt Picht | September 22, 2015

The ACLU has filed a motion claiming Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is still in contempt of court.

The problem stems from the marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples by the county office. Davis has refused to issue those licenses under her name, and has been removing both her name and the name of the county from the finished forms.

There's been some debate about whether the licenses are still valid, but Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he'll recognize them.

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Valid or not, the alterations might contradict a judge's order commanding Davis not to interfere with marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples. That's the argument advanced by an attorney for Rowan County Deputy Clerk Brian Mason, who's been issuing the licenses in Davis' stead. (Video via Lexington Herald-Leader)

And now, the ACLU, which is representing couples suing Davis, also says the alterations are a violation of that order. They filed a motion against Davis claiming as much on Monday.

The court order says "appropriate sanctions will be considered" if Davis violates the order. She previously spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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