Rowan County Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis claims that her office will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because doing so offends her religious convictions. Now you can add hypocrisy to the imbecility of this woman, this civil servant, whose real objective is to demonstrate her disapproval of gay people by refusing service. There had been unconfirmed suggestions of Davis’ marital history but now the AP reports:
Davis testified that the Bible teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman and that sex outside of marriage is a sin. Court records indicate Davis herself married when she was 18 in 1984, filed for divorce 10 years later, and then filed for divorce again, from another husband, in 2006.
Many Christians believe divorce also is a sin, and an attorney for the same-sex couples repeatedly questioned her about this in court. Asked if she would religiously object to issuing a marriage license to someone who has been divorced, she said “That’s between them and God.”
Yesterday, as I briefly noted, U.S. District Judge David Bunning issued an incomplete and convoluted decision. Incomplete because he did not address the blatant contempt of court at the instruction of Davis’ attorneys at Liberty Counsel. Convoluted because he denied a stay while temporarily staying his denial pending a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a stay — all while asserting that Davis had little potential to be successful on appeal.
Meanwhile, Kim Davis is not the victim here. That would be the gay couples – citizens and taxpayers – who are being relegated to second class status. A federal judge is permitting Ms. Davis to inflict her religious beliefs on others in spite of the First Amendment and his order to issue the marriage licenses and the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Ms. Davis belongs in jail for her contempt. If nothing else, she and her son (her assistant) should be dispatched back to the trailer park that spawned them.