Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights organization, said the contempt of court ruling showed David was being held accountable.

“This situation absolutely didn’t have to happen, if only Kim Davis followed the law,” stated HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow.

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“Same-sex couples in Rowan County have a constitutional right to marry the person they love in the place they call home, and they’ve shamefully, repeatedly been prevented from exercising that right,” Warbelow continued. “The time has now come for the staff in the Rowan County Clerk’s office to follow the law and immediately begin issuing those couples their long overdue marriage licences.” 

The Louisville-based Fairness Campaign captured scenes of marriage equality supporters outside the courthouse:

Also on Thursday, ahead of Davis’ appearance before Judge Bunning, Democracy Now! spoke with David Moore, who has been denied a marriage licence by Davis and her staffers three times. Watch the segment below:

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