When Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis made headlines for refusing to give wedding licenses to same-sex couples, she found plenty of support from state and national politicians.
But Davis, who lost her court case and was kicked out of office by voters in November, seems to be less popular these days. In late January, Gov. Matt Bevin's attorneys filed legal documents arguing that the state should not have to pay nearly $225,000 in legal fees that accrued during Davis' court battle.
Davis was sued by four local couples with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2015. She lost in court, meaning that the ACLU can recover fees it spent on the case. A dispute has erupted over who is responsible for paying those fees--Davis or the state.
Bevin, a Republican and a religious conservative, praised Davis as "an inspiration ... to the children of America," during her legal battle, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader. But now he's singing a different tune, insisting that Davis knowingly violated the law and is solely responsible for paying the fees.
"Her local policy stood in direct conflict with her statutory obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified Kentucky couples," wrote Bevin's attorneys in a court filing. "The local policy also undermined the Commonwealth of Kentucky's interest in upholding the rule of law."
Added the attorneys, "Davis had an independent and sworn duty to uphold the law as an elected county officer. If fees are awarded, they must be the responsibility of the Rowan County clerk's office, which should be deterred...