Kim Davis, county clerk in Kentucky, has made headlines with her refusal to issue marriage licenses to both gay and straight couples applying for marriage licenses. I was surprised to learn that (1) she is a democrat (I’ll bet she has more republican supporters and Democratic haters than any other person in America), and (2), even the Westboro Baptist Church is protesting her! Noting that she has been married 4 times to 3 different men, the WBC calls her an oath breaker and adulterer, stating “Proud adulterers who divorce/remarry and refuse to call it a sin are no more a WBC member than a proud fag.”
Well, she is a recent convert to Pentecostalism. She experienced a “religious awakening” in 2011, following her mother-in-law’s “dying wish” that she attend church. Davis has held Bible study for inmates of the Rowan County jail. and calls herself an “Apostolic Christian” who worships three times a week at the Solid Rock Apostolic Church near Morehead, Kentucky.
I’ve been wondering why she hasn’t been fired yet. Since it is an elected office, the only way to remove her from office is via impeachment, and she is setting herself up to be impeached. From Wikipedia,
Davis continued to deny the licenses, saying she was acting “under God’s authority”. On September 3, 2015, she was jailed for contempt of court. After deputy clerks began issuing marriage licenses in her absence, she, through her attorneys, stated that any marriage licenses not bearing her signature were invalid, while Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins dismissed her argument.Attorney General of KentuckyJack Conway is currently considering whether a special prosecutor should pursue potential charges of official misconduct against her.
The Rowan County Attorney’s Office said it has referred to the Attorney General of KentuckyJack Conway‘s office a charge of official misconduct against Davis. The decision of whether to file charges is up to the Attorney General Conway.
Seemingly this would set in process impeachment proceedings, though I have no idea if state legislators in Kentucky would support impeachment and removal from office for her beligerence. We often make fun of wacky Mormons–at least this is a wacky Pentecostal. What are your thoughts?
Why are you labeling her as “wacky”? I really do not know how religious she really is, so, at this point, I am taking her objections at face value. She states a deep seated moral and religious objection to Same Sex marriage. The Supreme Court ruling has made her position problematic because of a secular conflict with seemingly deeply held religious beliefs.
So why not put yourself in her shoes, but with a different twist. Say that the Supreme Court had ruled that a fetus born prematurely was not deemed a human being until declared viable by a doctor or doctors. If the doctor determined that the fetus was not viable, it could be “aborted” in the same manner that partial birth abortions are performed.
The doctor is required to present an affidavit that the fetus is not viable and should be aborted. You, as the clerk, are now required by fiat of the Supreme Court ruling, to issue an “abortion” permit to a doctor who presents an affidavit. What would you do?
Please do not go off on how unlikely such an event is. Just consider the scenario and what your own feelings would be.
I posted to facebook today and shared an article addressing the Vatican’s regret over the “meeting” with Kim Davis.
She said all she wanted was an accommodation. She got it and yet it’s still a thing. I believe Kim is sincere in her beliefs, but the fact is, she said SHE didn’t want to personally issue licenses. Well she isn’t and her name has been removed from the form. In fact it now just says “notary.” Her own attorney general and governor have said they will recognize the licenses. Conservative states had ample opportunity to stop issuing marriage licenses and only issue civil unions. They did not do that. I didn’t care one straw about my marriage license. I cared about my marriage certificate from my church. The government didn’t marry us, our church did, and the promises we made that were most important to us were based on our faith, not our legal obligations, although those are very important and it’s those legal obligations and protections that cannot be denied people based on their sexual orientation, not their obligations to their god. I am absolutely elated that the Vatican issued a statement that they feel a sense of regret for the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis, which turned out not to be a meeting at all.
How do you feel about other Christians who feel it’s okay to “lie” to promote their political agenda? As if the ends justifies the means.