Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples and was subsequently taken into custody, emerged from jail Tuesday, being greeted by scores of supporters that carried flags, signs and slogans.
One of these slogans read, “Supreme Court = The new ISIS of America.”
Mark Staver, Davis’ attorney, said, “She loves God, she loves people, she loves her work, and she will not betray any of those three.”
Davis was ordered to be released from jail by US District Judge David Bunning after five of her six deputies started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, with Davis’ son being the only exception. Upon her release, Davis was subsequently warned to not interfere with her deputies’ duties. Whether she will follow this order or not remains to be seen, but Staver said that she “cannot and will not violate her conscience,” as reported by The Huffington Post.
Bunning had ordered Davis’ arrest following her refusal of issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, which she said “irreparably and irreversibly violates her conscience.” Davis claims to be an Apostolic Christian.
However, she soon became a subject of criticism after news about her past marital problems – three divorces and two children that she has had out of wedlock – emerged. Several people took to social media to criticize the county clerk, saying she isn’t the ideal model of family values. 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.”
Davis received support from GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who said that Davis has “more courage than any politician I know.”
“If somebody needs to go to jail, I’m willing to go in her place,” he said.
“The issue is whether the courts can just make a law out of thin air and then just apply it and punish people for something that’s not even a law.”
During her speech after emerging from jail, Davis said, “We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is. Just keep on pressing, don’t let down. Because he is here.”
Although Davis’ release has a condition that she “shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” Staver said that it is unlikely that she will comply with Bunning’s order.
“She cannot allow a license authorizing same-sex marriage to go under her authority or name,” Staver said. “That’s been her position from the beginning and that will be her position, I assume, on any subsequent occasion. She’s asking for a simple fix, a simple accommodation.”
“We’re back to square one,” he added. “She’s been released. But there has been no resolution.”
Also present in the rally was US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) supported Davis’ decision to not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, saying that she should not be forced to do so as it is against her religious beliefs.
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