We all remember the battle over marriage license in Kentucky. I wrote several articles following the goings-on of the court battle, arrest and final release of Davis. She was finally able to prevail when the State of Kentucky removed the County and County Clerks name from the licenses.
This, in almost every way, was seen as a victory for Kim. She was no longer regarded as defying the law or the court, and the contempt charges were dropped. So, that would have seemed to be the end of the controversy for Kim. That would be wrong.
Christian News reports:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in an effort to recover costs from its recent legal battle over Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals as long as her name was on the document.
The ACLU is asking U.S. District Judge David Bunning to order Davis to pay up $233,058 in legal fees and other expenses, but Davis’ attorneys state that the organization isn’t entitled to the payment since Davis prevailed in the matter in the long run.
So, the people persecuting Kim for her beliefs wish for her to pay for the persecution. Not because they prevailed, because they did not, but because they claim that this is a regular thing. They argue that it is normal for the defendant of a claim to pay legal expenses to the ones bringing the lawsuit. But not everyone sees it the same.
Christian News continues:
“The ACLU is not entitled to attorney’s fees according to the prevailing standard in the Sixth Circuit,” also remarked Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, in a statement. “Kim Davis won the case and the case is closed. County clerks are now able to perform their public service without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.”
It is unusual for a defendant in a civil lawsuit to prevail and then be forced to pay the plaintiff. But, the ACLU has won weirder victories. We should hope that this will not be the case here.
It would be nice if the ACLU took a hit for a change.
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