Friday, September 18, 2015

6th Circuit Denies Kim Davis Stay of Injunction Pending Appeal

Yesterday in Miller v. Davis, (6th Cir., Sept. 17, 2015), the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion by Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis to stay the preliminary injunction against her, pending appeal. The district court had enjoined Davis from refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  The appeals court said that Davis had not sought a stay from the district court, as required by Federal Rules, before asking the Court of Appeals for a stay.  Davis argued that it would have been useless to go to the district court first.

UPDATE: Marty Lederman at Balkinization blog (9/19) has a lengthy discussion of whether Kim Davis or her office is in violation of the federal district court's injunction in the implementation of the issuance by a deputy clerk of marriage licences with modified language.