Kim Davis is in no need of an introduction, as she has rapidly gained notoriety as she continues to refuse marriage licenses to LGBTQ+ people, despite her appeals being refused by every court there is.
Despite the fact that her appeals have even been denied by the US Supreme Court itself, and the fact that any further refusal to do her duty as a county clerk could lead to legal repercussions, she is STILL refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples.
Yesterday, two same-sex couples went into the Rowan County Courthouse today, alongside several reporters and protesters. At first, Davis did not even emerge from her office, and left it to fellow staff to explain to the couple, April Miller and Karen Roberts, and David Ermold and David Moore, that they would not be married. Eventually Davis appeared in front of the crowd, and made a statement explaining that she still would not be doing her job.
April Miller had this to say about the events: “I respect her for standing up for what she believes in… I know that’s hard to do, because we’re doing that, too. I’m just sorry that she’s interjecting her personal beliefs above her government job duties.”
There has been urging from the American Civil Liberties Union that she face contempt of court charges, which some could argue she should have faced long ago.
They said, via their legal findings: “[She] has, in fact, violated a definite and specific order of this Court. Because Davis cannot show either that she is unable to comply with the August 12, 2015, order or that she has taken all reasonable steps to comply, this Court is left with no choice but to hold her in contempt.”
“Plaintiffs do not seek to compel Davis’ compliance through incarceration. Since Defendant Davis continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform, Plaintiffs urge the the Court to impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous to compel Davis’ immediate compliance without further delay.”
In an official Statement, Davis had this to say: “Some people have said I should resign, but I have done my job well. In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.”
“It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word. It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
Things didn’t really go well at the office once the crowd gathered realised Davis was still refusing her duties, and began chanting “Do your job!”, which you can see in a video below. There is also another video showing the rather large crowd of reporters in the Rowan County Courthouse below it.