Jury Awards Kentucky Gay Couple $100K After Being Denied Marriage License by Clerk Kim Davis

David Ermold and David Moore were awarded $50,000 each by a federal jury following a high-profile lawsuit that saw the Kentucky clerk held in contempt of court and briefly jailed in 2015

<p>Timothy D. Easley/AP</p> Kim Davis

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Kim Davis

A federal jury in Kentucky awarded a gay couple $100,000 on Wednesday, eight years after county clerk Kim Davis made headlines when she refused to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses on religious grounds.

David Ermold and David Moore were awarded $50,000 each by the jury, NBC News reports. Another couple who sued, James Yates and Will Smith, were not awarded any damages by U.S. District Judge David Bunning.

Related: Kentucky Clerk Is Handcuffed and Charged with Contempt of Court for Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

<p>Timothy D. Easley/AP</p> David Ermold and David Moore

Timothy D. Easley/AP

David Ermold and David Moore

The couples sued after Davis, an Apostolic Christian, refused to issue marriages to same-sex couples, citing her decision as being on “God’s authority.” After she was held in contempt of court by Bunning in 2015, Davis was sent to jail for five days.

She was eventually freed from jail when Bunning ruled that the court was satisfied the clerk's office was continuing to fulfill its obligation, because Davis' deputy clerks were issuing marriage licenses in her stead.

Though she was released in 2015, the legal matter has continued.

Last year, Bunning ruled that Davis violated the constitutional rights of the two couples who sued her with the trials held this week being used to determine the damages.

When Davis was freed from her five-day stint in jail in 2015, she became something of a poster child for social conservatives (including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who met with her upon her release).

Related: Jailed Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Freed to Cheers – with Mike Huckabee by Her Side: 'I Refuse to Sit Silently as Our Constitution Is Torched,' He Says

Davis remained unrepentant following her jailing, telling reporters upon her release, “God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties. You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul.”

While her national profile has since diminished, Davis has remained a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage and, as NPR reports, even traveled to Romania in 2017 to advocate for a change to the country's constitution that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

In 2018, Davis, a Republican, lost reelection to the county clerk position to a Democrat.

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