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County Clerk Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been pitching a fit about the Supreme Court gay marriage act now for months. As a result, many couples, both gay and straight, who wanted to get married in the county where they live and pay taxes have been unable to get a license. As details have emerged about her own private life, she has been exposed as a royal hypocrite:
When the Republicans found out #KimDavis has 4 marriages, 3 divorces and out-of-wedlock pregnancies, they made her an "Honorary Palin."— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) September 4, 2015
Davis cannot be fired because she is an elected official, and can only be removed by legislative impeachment. Unfortunately the Kentucky Legislature is out of session until January and Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has decided not to waste taxpayer money on a special session, since the Legislature has to change many laws to be in compliance with the SCOTUS ruling:
From Kentucky Courier-Journal:
"The General Assembly will convene in just four months and can make any statutory changes it deems necessary at that time. I see no need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money calling a special session of the General Assembly when 117 and 120 county clerks are doing their jobs."
Several straight and gay couples who had been turned away by Ms. Davis sued to put pressure on her to comply. The attorneys of Davis, paid goons from the so-called conservative "Liberty Counsel," appealed to the Supreme Court to save her, but were turned down flat. Why? Because their arguments have no standing under the law, so they write about Ms. Davis's feelings and opinions as if they matter more than any other citizen in Rowan County or the state of Kentucky. Basically, they are just using Davis to rabble rouse the far-right evangelicals who give money to groups like . . . Liberty Counsel. It's a money-makin' deal. God told them to do it, I guess. Oh, and they really, really hate "The Gay."
7. Don’t be fooled – The Liberty Counsel is no ordinary law firm. They have a history of anti-LGBT hate and bigotry. #KimDavis— Hatewatch (@Hatewatch) September 3, 2015
Groups like liberty counsel and alliance defending freedom simply cannot do the job lawyers should do. Their agendas run contrary to law— Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) September 3, 2015
per my colleague, Rowan County, Ky. Clerk Kim Davis as a meme pic.twitter.com/iA3Qx06PRO— James M. Russell (@james4texas) September 1, 2015
At that point a Federal Judge ordered Ms. Davis and her staff into court in Ashland, KY, and it all hit the fan today. There was chaos outside the Federal Courthouse, lots of shouting and sign-waving from both sides:
Still waiting.... pic.twitter.com/9rf0F4CdK2— Chris Kenning (@ckenning_cj) September 3, 2015
It's nearly impossible to distinguish what people are chanting. Both sides yelling over each other pic.twitter.com/hdfXOBYMLR— Emily Maher (@WLKYEmily) September 3, 2015
Judge Dunning decided not to seek monetary fines from Davis because he knew that religious groups would just continue paying them. Instead, after asking if she would comply and she refused, he ordered her into "indefinite" custody of Federal Marshalls. Outside the courthouse, those in favor of equality cheered.
Later in the day, five deputy clerks told the judge they would be willing to give licenses to gay couples, except for one - Davis's son - who for some reason was not charged with contempt of court (I would have charged him!). Davis was asked back into court, but she refused and merely sent her attorney to tell the judge she would not comply and if released she would "interfere" with marriage licenses. So Judge Dunning proceeded with contempt charges. Later she was booked and a mug shot taken. Her attorneys are trying something to get her out, but I doubt if it will work.
She wanted to be a martyr, so she's a martyr. She's also probably lost a plum $80,000/year job that is rare as hen's teeth in Rowan County, Kentucky. And she's caused everyone who works there distress and legal fees, for which they will not thank her. The religious right will scream and wail "Christian Persecution" (Huckabee and Cruz, for instance). The Legislature may try to save her, but hey - she can always work for Hobby Lobby or Chick-Fil-A, right?
Judge says no deadline. In jail until she complies or instructs staff to start issuing licenses. #WSAZ— Dan Griffin (@WSAZDanGriffin) September 3, 2015
Five deputy clerks willing to follow the law seems adequate, Judge Bunning said. He won't hold Kim Davis' son, Nathan, in contempt. ^JC— Bluegrass Politics (@BGPolitics) September 3, 2015
One way or another, Judge Bunning says, couples need to be able to walk into Rowan Co clerk office Friday morning and get license. ^JC— Bluegrass Politics (@BGPolitics) September 3, 2015
In concluding remarks, Judge Bunning worry over retaliation against deputy clerks who will sign marriage licenses. Asked all to be "civil."— Ryland Barton (@RylandKY) September 3, 2015
BREAKING: Court is adjourned. Judge Bunning continues to hold #KimDavis in civil contempt. She remains in custody of US marshalls.— Fairness Campaign (@FairnessCamp) September 3, 2015
Judge Bunning’s decision today speaks for itself. The future of the Rowan County Clerk continues to be a matter between her & the courts.— Steve Beshear (@GovSteveBeshear) September 3, 2015
Deputy clerks have agreed to issue marriage licenses tmrw & citizens will now have access to all the services to which they are entitled.— Steve Beshear (@GovSteveBeshear) September 3, 2015
Kim Davis in federal custody removes all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country. We must defend #ReligiousLiberty!— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) September 3, 2015
When it comes to church and state, Conservatives are sufferin' from "Separation Anxiety." #KimDavis— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) September 4, 2015
I call on every Believer, every Constitutionalist, every lover of liberty to stand w/ Kim Davis—stop the persecution https://t.co/iyrWbPLgoR— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 3, 2015
Christians supporting Kim Davis decry jailing. Inside courtroom, fate of deputy clerks still pending pic.twitter.com/DtW8JC5xEV— Chris Kenning (@ckenning_cj) September 3, 2015
I bet Kim Davis was glad that the clerk who issued her divorce papers three times wasn't a religious nut like Kim Davis.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) September 2, 2015
Kim Davis is the Rosa Parks of George Wallaces.— Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike) September 3, 2015
I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life ... Apply your own interpretation & persecute those that don't see me your way. #ThingsJesusNeverSaid— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) September 2, 2015
.@gaynewsradio I WILL MARRY YOU TO ANYTHING YOU GODDAMN WANT TO MARRY. BRING DIET DEW— Sitnexto Kim Davis (@nexttokimdavis) September 3, 2015
Now we're listening to "I kissed a girl" on repeat!! Need more suggestions for our #KimDavis jail mix!!!— Sitnexto Kim Davis (@nexttokimdavis) September 3, 2015
.@margaretcho BTW - I WILL LITERALLY MARRY A PERSON TO ONE OF THE LICENSE PLATES IF THE CAMERAS WILL JUST GO AWAY BY MONDAY— Sitnexto Kim Davis (@nexttokimdavis) September 3, 2015
Right-wing pundits: Kim Davis is a "martyr" who is taking on the "gaystapo" and Satan's gay army http://t.co/7DPG4SWR5B— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) September 2, 2015
US Attorney: time for Davis to follow the law: http://t.co/pYaJAwqgGU— Ronnie Ellis (@cnhifrankfort) September 3, 2015
Davis: I have 2b free to follow my conscience Judge: Wd u let dep. clerks issue licenses if they thought it was OK? Davis: No Judge: Welp— David Waldman (@KagroX) September 3, 2015
@JoeDunman Her choice. Hope she likes prison food— Str8Grandmother (@Str8Grandmother) September 3, 2015