Last spring, Bevin called Davis an "an inspiration ... to the children of America," but his attorneys don't seem that inspired by Davis' homophobia. "Her local policy stood in direct conflict with her statutory obligation to issue marriage licenses to qualified Kentucky couples. The local policy also undermined the Commonwealth of Kentucky's interest in upholding the rule of law," Bevin's attorney Palmer G. Vance II wrote in a brief, as reported by the Lexington Herald Leader.
"Davis had an independent and sworn duty to uphold the law as an elected county officer," wrote Vance, adding that Rowan County Clerk's office "should be deterred from engaging in conduct that violates civil rights -- and leads to costly litigation."
It's not all good news: Bevin "continues to support" the message behind Davis' actions (being a disgusting homophobe, that hair, etc), just not their financial ramifications. In July of 2017 a federal judge ruled that the couples who sued Davis weren't responsible for the ACLU's legal fees, meaning the state is. But the governor's lawyers believe that Kentucky's taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for Davis' actions, meaning she may be required to cover it herself. Talk about passing the buck.
Davis' 2019 isn't off to a great start, and 2018 wasn't all that cute for her either: in November, she lost her bid for reelection to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr -- and let's celebrate that!