GUILTY! – Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis and Anti-Gay Liberty Counsel Found In Violation of the Open Records Act

Kim Davis and Matt Staver

Kim Davis, and the “religious” anti-LGBT legal group the Liberty Counsel have been found in violation of the Open Records Act, according to Kentucky state’s attorney general office.

The opinion found that Davis, the Rowan County clerk, and her counsel improperly refused to turn over public records requested in March by the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability, reported the Courier-Journal.

The Liberty Counsel rejected the records requests as improper for a variety of reasons, such as attorney-client privilege and legal exceptions from preliminary documents.

The nonprofit legal activist group also refused to turn over those documents to the attorney general’s office for review.

“An agency cannot benefit from intentionally frustrating the attorney general’s review of an open records request,” said Assistant Attorney General Matt Jones. “Such result would subvert the General Assembly’s intent behind providing review by the attorney general.”

Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of the of the anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel, said he never had a problem providing the contents of the documents, but he wanted to make sure no information was revealed that was protected by attorney-client privilege.

Staver has said that he didn’t expect to file an appeal and said he would turn over the contested documents.

Anne Weismann, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability, praised the attorney general’s findings and said her group had requested the records to learn more about the elected clerk’s relationship with the anti-LGBT activist group.

“I think the Attorney General was right to call them on completely flouting the law,” Weisman said.

Davis and Liberty Counsel could be required under the Open Records Act to pay attorney fees for the Campaign for Accountability, as well as up to $25 a day for each day for the four months that they denied access to the documents.

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15 Responses

  1. pedromadison says:

    Wait! Only $25 per day? I realize that they could also pay attorney fees for the Campaign for Accountability, but seriously, to deny any one of civil liberties protected by the law, based off of religious beliefs and that is all you are possibly be required to pay??!! I do not think that is going to prevent events like this in the future or even discourage anyone from wanting to treat others in the same manner.

  2. Sergio says:


  3. David says:

    I have got to admire this guy finally someone taking action against the tea party kids the time has come to put the hammer down on all these tea party nuts.

    • Chuck says:

      It was just carelessness. It’s ok. Even if those records had been top secret it wouldn’t be a big deal. What, at this point, does it matter?

  4. Bill says:

    Fine her a billion dollars for continuing to breathe!!

  5. Kim Parker says:

    This woman refuses to follow the new laws, when she is facing her punishment she is always hanging on her attorney and crying. Does she think that will make us feel sorry for her? Well I am here to tell her NO! I will be honest, I am a Christian, also, I have never had feelings for the same sex. Does either of these give me the right to judge them, to publicly humulate anyone, does it give me the right not to take care of them, when they are my patient or for them to be turned away in any public place. I have talked to lesbians, gays and transgender’s. I really listened to them. It is not like they wake up one morning and say “I am going to start being gay today. They know from an early age that they are different. They try hiding it, they fight with themselves to be normal because they are told they are bad and will go to hell. So many try committing suicide a few times, so they will no longer be judged. There is only one that is to judge each and everyone on this earth. If this woman is really a Christian and reads and understands God’s word. We. are not to judge, we are to show compassion and love, and pray for our neighbors. I will pray for this woman that she will be a model of God’s love and forgiveness, and she softens her heart and remembers that God sent his only begotten son to die for all sins. Love and forgiveness, and praying for each person you meet daily that they ask God to forgive them of their sins, and they become his child. That is why there is so much going in the world today. People are to focused on judgement and hate. They have forgotten how to show love to those they feel they can judge, and have thrown forgiveness by the roadside.Without both in every one’s life we can’t grow in Our Father’s Love and Forgiveness and we will never have peace in our life or in this world. This is the time for all peoole to be praying andasking for forgiveness for our sins and asking God to lead us in healing this world.

    • Cassandra says:

      Very nice

    • Nancy says:

      Thank you for speaking exactly what was in my mind and on my heart, Kim. You couldn’t have spoken this any clearer.
      May we all learn to love one another. There is only one judge ultimately. We are disciples of His love and truth under the authority of the Holy Spirit not a gavel.

      • Nancy says:

        Thank you for speaking exactly what was in my mind and on my heart, Kim. You couldn’t have spoken this any clearer.
        May we all learn to love one another. There is only one judge ultimately. We are disciples of His love and truth under the authority of the Holy Spirit not a gavel.

    • Anyone can call themselves a Christian. For many such people, there is no work required. They simply memorize a dogma and thereby feel they are “saved”. But a truly spiritual person goes through a radical transformation. The spiritual person takes on the hard work of learning EMPATHY (sadly lacking in Kim Davis), along with loving forgiveness and non-judgement. However, this is really hard work. Therefore, many Christians prefer the fundamentalist version that proclaims that all you need do is espouse belief in Jesus and you will go to heaven. Such people do NO work on themselves. They remain as rotten to the core as they ever were. They espouse hate in a sanctimoneous manner, seeing themselves as little tin plate “wrathful gods” of the Old Testament. To really do what Jesus taught is terribly hard. More Christians should take it to heart and try it some time.

  6. lagunadeb says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha, I could say more, but why? Ha ha ha.

  7. So Kim, how’s celibacy working for you?

What do you think?