He might not have agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage. But he will uphold the law.
That’s what federal District Judge David Bunning’s mom said of her son. The judge from Fort Thomas on Thursday sent Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail after finding her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue a same-sex marriage license.
David Bunning was raised Roman Catholic, graduated in 1984 from Newport Central Catholic High School, and his mother said his faith is still important to him.
“He’s a great guy,” his mother Mary Bunning said. “He loves the Lord. He loves family. What else more can you expect of a young man?”
Davis’ defiance of the Supreme Court decision has put David Bunning, 49, at the center of the national debate on gay marriage. He earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky in 1991 and worked for a decade as a federal prosecutor before becoming a judge.
“David is an honest person,” Mary Bunning said. “He doesn’t agree with the Supreme Court but has to obey the law.”
Off the bench, the judge keeps a low profile despite his famous family and controversial cases, friends say.
David Bunning is the youngest of nine children of Hall-of-Fame pitcher and former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning and his wife, Mary Bunning. He grew up in Fort Thomas and was nominated by President George W. Bush for federal judge for the eastern district of Kentucky in 2001. The Senate confirmed the nomination in 2002.
He volunteers at a Covington soup kitchen once a month and at Highlands High School football games, selling hot dogs and hamburgers for the local Lion’s Club.
VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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