Wait a second. So she wasn't fired? She's seriously able to go right back to her job?
... I just.. wow.
Hey Ariel, good to see you around again!
Yeah, just so we're all on the same page: basically what happened was a while back, some same sex folks wanted a marriage license from Kim Davis' county. She, as the county clerk, refused to issue it and also ordered her deputies not to. Then she stopped issuing marriage licenses completely. The same sex couple and some different sex couples all sued Kim Davis, trying to get a judge to order her to issue marriage licenses. They succeeded, and the Federal judge ordered Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses. She appealed. Lost. Appealed again to the U.S. Supreme Court and lost again (they declined to take it up on review). So, the order is valid and good.
Kim Davis then still
refused to comply, and was ordered to appear before said judge. The judge found her to be in contempt of his order, and imposed a sanction to get her to comply. Now, a judge can impose either monetary sanctions, or jail time, or both. He chose jail time because of all the people saying they'd just pay any monetary penalties for Kim Davis. On the day he sent her to jail, the judge gave Kim Davis one more chance: five of the six deputies agreed to issue licenses, so he would not send Davis to jail of she agreed not to interfere with those five deputies. She refused, and so, off to jail she went.
To be clear, Kim Davis is not under arrest for a crime. She isn't a criminal. She was held in jail because she was in contempt of a court order. It's really no different from a situation where someone violations a restraining order--i.e., ex-spouse is ordered not to go within 500 feet, he does, he can be fined or thrown in jail for violating the restraining order.
Her lawyers are spinning and spinning hard. Most of what they say--e.g., she was arrested for her faith--is pure hogwash. She was tossed in jail for defying a judge. Something which we, as a society, have lived with for hundreds of years now. You simply don't get to screw around with judges. And the system needs to work that way or it falls apart--imagine what would happen if everyone is allowed to defy a judge's order at will.