Kim Davis, a Democrat, is a born-again Christian. She accepted Jesus into her heart as a Christian just four years ago. She takes her religious beliefs very seriously and, as a result, has refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples because, she contends, it is a violation of her religious beliefs.
In issuing a marriage license, Davis would have to sign it as the Rowan County Clerk. She has refused to do so citing “God’s authority” as her reasoning. Since the Supreme Court made homosexual marriage legal in all fifty states this summer, Davis has been at the center of a big controversy in her defiance on the law. She has stood her ground. Now, she’ll be sent to jail by Judge David L. Bunning until she complies.
In a statement by Davis prior to the judge’s order, she shared why she has taken the stand that she has in refusing to sign marriage licenses for homosexual couples.
“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,” she said through her lawyers.”
“I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience.”
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Rather than have someone else in the office, such as the deputy clerk, sign the marriage licenses, Davis was pressured to do so. James Yates and Will Smith Jr. have attempted to get a marriage licenses five times, only to be denied each time by Davis. While they were angry, they did not request that the judge jail Davis, but rather fine her.
In a statement through their attorney, the homosexual couple expressed what they believed should be done to punish Davis.
“Since Defendant Davis continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform,” they asked Bunning to “impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous” to “compel her immediate compliance without delay.”
The judge ultimately decided to imprison Davis until she agreed to sign the homosexual marriage licenses.
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Davis served as her mother’s deputy clerk in the Rowan County office for 27 years before being elected as the county clerk as a Democrat in November of last year.
This story is developing.