A Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, citing “God’s word,” has had her own marital problems in the past, reports say.
According to E! Online, Rowan county clerk Kim Davis is being labelled as a hypocrite, as it was recently revealed that she has been married four times and gave birth to two children out of wedlock. Davis calls herself an Apostolic Christian, a denomination that interprets the Bible literally.
Davis made headlines and attention after she refused to issue a marriage license to a same sex couple despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in June that called for legalization of gay marriages. However, Davis has maintained her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, citing “God’s word” for her denial to follow the federal court’s orders. She and her staff are scheduled to appear in front of a federal judge, where it will be decided whether she has been in contempt of court.
Twitter was abuzz after the news of Davis’ previous marriages surfaced. Justin W. White wrote, “So Kim Davis, who has been married four times, refuses to give marriage certificates to people she deems in sin? Oh. Okay. #Hypocrite.” Lee W D tweeted, “If #KimDavis can’t do her job, sack her. All this “religious freedom” BS. Doesn’t mean she can discriminate. Oh and 3 divorces?! Hypocrite.”
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According to NBC News, court records reveal that she first married in 1984, at the age of 18, and divorced after 10 years. She conceived twins five months after the marriage ended. The father of the twins was another man.
Davis’ second marriage was in 1996, and her new husband adopted the kids. This marriage lasted another 10 years, with the two divorcing in 2006. She married the father of the twins the subsequent year, but the marriage ended in a divorce less than a year later. She remarried her second husband in 2009, and the two remain married.
Davis has received support and criticism alike. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) accuses her for putting herself above the law, while her supporters say that she should stand by her beliefs. She has also been compared to Biblical characters like Paul and Silas who were penalized for their faith and were subsequently rescued by God.
The county clerk for 27 years issued a written statement wherein she said that issuing a license would be in violation with “God’s definition of marriage.”
“I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will,” she said. “To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word.”
Lawyers at the Christian firm Liberty Counsel are representing Davis.
“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,” Davis said in a written statement. “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.”
Mathew Staver, one of the lawyers representing Davis, said that she is receiving support from most of the Rowan County taxpayers.
“She has a lot of support, and no one’s actually called for her recall,” Staver said.
“We don’t know how this is going to end up,” Staver said. “Certainly Kim Davis never wanted to be in this situation. It’s a difficult pill to swallow, in her words.”
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