Judge, clerk in marriage case dealt with nepotism charges

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) — Kim Davis and the judge that will decide her fate have at least one thing in common: They both had to deal with questions of nepotism when they got their jobs.

Davis is the Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs in defiance of multiple court orders. She’ll be in court again Thursday as U.S. District Judge David Bunning considers whether to punish her by imposing heavy fines.

Davis’ mother was the county clerk for 36 years and hired Davis to work for her. Davis was elected in 2014 and now her son works for her.

Bunning is the son of former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning. The Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment in 2001 despite the American Bar Association saying he lacked experience.

Since then, Bunning has ruled against several conservative causes.

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