U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled last year that Davis had violated both couples’ constitutional rights under the 14th Amendment and the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Louisville Courier-Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, reported.
In his ruling, Bunning wrote that Davis “cannot use her own constitutional rights as a shield to violate the constitutional rights of others while performing her duties as an elected official.”
Davis drew praise of from conservative and Christian figures when she went to jail rather than issue licenses to gay couples, citing her religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.
At the time, Republican hopefuls for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination were quick to rally around Davis. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared with her as she walked out of jail.
Davis lost her bid for re-election as county clerk in 2018, AP reported. Ermold, one of the plaintiffs, also unsuccessfully ran for her seat, which was taken by Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr.
Cybele Mayes-Osterman is a breaking news reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her on email at email@example.com. Follow her on X @CybeleMO.