Like a bad case of herpes, Kim Davis is back. Again.
The Rowan County Clerk made national headlines earlier this summer when a video uploaded to the internet showed her denying a marriage license to a gay couple just says after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality.
Davis made headlines again a month later when she argued before a federal judge that she objects to gay marriage on religious grounds, and that the First Amendment guarantees her the right to religious freedom, and so, therefore, she shouldn’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if she doesn’t want to, and blah, blah, blah.
After the federal judge ordered Davis to obey the constitution, she responded by turning away even more gay couples and appealing the ruling. Then, to prove she’s really serious about all this, she and her lawyers decided to petition the US Supreme Court, asking it to delay the federal judge’s decision until her appeal is finished, a process that could take months.
In her petition, Davis says she is seeking “asylum for her conscience.” Unfortunately, her “conscience” probably isn’t going to get much “asylum” since the judge assigned to the case is none other than Justice Elena Kagan, one of the five justices who voted to legalize gay marriage in the US in the first place. (Whomp, whomp.)
In the mean time, Davis is refusing to marry any gay couples, though she’ll happily continue collecting her $80,000 salary. She has also vowed to never, ever, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, even if SCOTUS denies her request. Doing so, she claims, would “forever echo in her conscience.”