Kim Davis: Kentucky clerk relents in gay marriage dispute

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A Kentucky clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to gay couples has said she will not block the process but her name will not appear on the paperwork.

However, Kim Davis questioned on Monday whether licences without her signature would be valid.

Ms Davis, an elected official, has said that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licences.  

Surrounded by Rowan County Sheriff"s deputies, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, centre, with her son Nathan Davis standing by her side, makes a statement to the media at the front door of the Rowan County Judicial Center in Morehead, Kentucky, on MondayThe US Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal in June.

“I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post,” Ms Davis said. “I am no hero. I’m just a person that’s been transformed by the grace of God, who wants to work, be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbours quietly without violating my conscience.”

Shortly after Ms Davis addressed reporters, a deputy clerk issued a marriage licence to a lesbian couple without incident.

Despite Ms Davis’ claims, several Kentucky officials including the governor said the recently issued licences are valid.

Two federal courts and the US Supreme Court have ruled against Ms Davis after she repeatedly refused to issue marriage licences since June.

Ms Davis, a Democrat who serves Rowan County, a rural area in eastern Kentucky, was found in contempt of court on 3 September and jailed.

The following day, several of her deputies began issuing marriage licences to couples.

Federal judge David Bunning released Ms Davis from jail on 8 September so long as she did not interfere with her deputies.

After she was released, Ms Davis was greeted by thousands of cheering supporters who gathered outside the Carter County Detention Center.

Ms Davis has become a heroine among conservative Christians who view marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Her case has also become an issue in the Republican presidential campaign with several candidates – including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Texas Senator Ted Cruz – championing her cause.

Because Ms Davis is an elected official, she cannot be fired. She could be impeached by the Kentucky legislature, but the body is not in session.

8 thoughts on “Kim Davis: Kentucky clerk relents in gay marriage dispute

  1. She’s not an elected official. She’s a hourly-wage employee; a civil servant no different than the dog catcher.

    That leaves her the option of doing her job, or quitting her job, but it was never within her right to change or challenge the law from her office.

    She has every right to protest the court’s decision; after work.

  2. I really tired of this! God-damned media sword swallowers try to make this an issue. It’s NOT AN ISSUE! Who gives a horse’s patoot whether she signs or not? Until they are all struck by lightning and fried to crispy-critters and cast down into the lake of fire, they will impose their “gayness” upon our youth, recruiting as many as they can, to degrade morality. It’s all part of their attempt to destroy us.

  3. This is all just a controlled argument within the controlled paradigm. The real argument is why anyone should be required to have a marriage license in the first place. It’s none of the governments damn business.
    Davis was perfectly happy handing out licenses before all this and following the instructions of her slave masters and now the gays are all happy because their slave masters have granted them permission to get a license.
    Yeah!! Go slavery!! Woooohoooooooooooo!!!

  4. “Ms Davis, an elected official, has said that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licences[licenses-cant spell better than me?].”
    Check out the Illuminati symbolism in the pick. The cops hands to the right make a nice satanic symbol and all those 5 pointed stars of Sirius the binary dog star. Just like the ones on the dollar. (the ‘sun’ rays behind the eye are the ‘duel’ ones logo.) LOL

    Split tounge mind control here “Ms Davis has become a heroine among conservative Christians who view marriage as only between a man and a woman.” Notice how they leave the State out of ” only between a man and a woman.” but it is actually the largest part.

    At the end of the day, ALL State sanctioned marriages are between a piece of paper(strawman1) and a different piece of paper(strawman2).

      1. LOL… first thing that came to mind with all the cheering from the moronic minion masses, Millard.

        They’re really going to town with this one.

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