Kim Davis, County Clerk from Rowan County in Kentucky, has found herself in a bit of a bind after she refused to issue marriage licenses to two same-sex couples, citing “religious” objections.
Video of the unkempt antigay Apostolic Christian going off on a gay couple surfaced online earlier this month. Now, Davis is facing a federal class action lawsuit from that couple as well as an opposite-sex couple she also refused to marry.
This week Davis testified in a Covington, Kentucky, courtroom that she “sought God” before hijacking the law and denying the couples.
“It was something I had prayed and fasted over,” she said under oath. “It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision.”
Then she added that issuing the licenses under her name would be in direct violation of her deeply held religious beliefs, even if another deputy clerk were to do so in her stead.
“If I say they are authorized, I’m saying I agree with it,” she testified, “and I can’t.”
Attorney Roger Gannam, representing Davis, argued that this case “is not about these plaintiffs’ desire to get married,” since they could easily drive to another county and get married. Instead, he said, it is about “the plaintiffs’ desire to force Kim Davis to approve and authorize their marriages in violation of her constitutionally protected religious beliefs!”
The plaintiffs beg to differ.
“We just didn’t understand why we should have to drive to another courthouse because she was not doing her job,” Jody Fernandez, who was denied a license along with her partner, Kevin Holloway, argued. “If she cannot do her job, then she should not be working there.”
Davis disagrees. She told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she’s been doing her job for 27 years and has absolutely no plans to resign over this.
“That leaves my deputies to deal with this,” she said. “If I resign, it solves nothing and helps no one.”