Ky. clerk’s office will issue marriage licenses Friday — without the clerk

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Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis argues with David Moore and David Ermold, after they were denied a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead on September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of USA Today, via The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, photo by Tim Webb

Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis argues with David Moore and David Ermold, after they were denied a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead on September 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of USA Today, via The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, photo by Tim Webb

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ASHLAND, Ky. -- But Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, whom U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning has placed in the custody of U.S. marshals, said she will not authorize any of her employees to issue licenses in her absence.

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  • George Nixon Shuler

    And thus the history of the advancement of human rights and human progress marches on. One might think of all the County Clerks that there are (Texas alone has 254) that if this were indeed a principled stand, then surely more than one would have resisted in such a manner, but….crickets. Instead this one poor woman got goaded into putting herself in jail because her handlers in the extreme right-wing theocratic advocay groups exploiting her needed a martyr to enhance the cash flow.

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  • Larry

    The martyrbation has already started in social media.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd/2015/09/monitoring-the-religious-rights-reaction-to-kim-davis-let-the-martyrbation-begin/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=friendlyatheist&ref_post=kim-davis-has-made-working-at-the-rowan-county-courthouse-a-nightmare

    Oh no! The Courts actually upheld the rule of law and stopped a government official from abusing their position to engage in discrimination. That’s persecution! My religious freedom permits me to deny freedom to others!

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Hey, Larry isn’t it interesting that those that whine about “political correctness” are the loudest advocates of it? This case is certainly a case in point. The quadruple-married, adulterous, babymama of twins conceived out of wedlock (fathered by her third husband, adopted by her second, who is also her fourth…well, heck, it is Eastern Kaintuck, where the family trees don’t fork…not to be puttin’ down rednecks, I’m one too, and they have ’em on both sides of the pond where ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married a much younger woman and then his own son married his stepmother’s mother….”I’m My Own Grandpa” may have started as a hillbilly song but the suave could sing it too, which may explain the Trump Phenomenon [the social structure curves so both ends meet on the other side as loud, angry poors are represented by a loud, angry rich, but I digress]…) sees fit to cast stones, not seeing she lives in a glass house.

  • Larry

    Does that mean the series “Justified” was more documentary than drama?

  • Dominic

    Targeted, unnecessary persecution of one woman in particular by the gay elephant in the room. Nasty crowd. Enjoy your honeymoon, Davids, it’ll last longer than your marriage.

  • Fran

    If her conscience will not allow her to do a job the government now requires, she should resign and/or find another job that is compatible with it.

  • Ben in oakland

    First, Dom ,they have already been together, I believe, 17 years. It a always amazes me how many gay couples stay together despite all of the social forces arrayed to tear them apart, and so many heterosexuals cannot stay together despite their promises to God and all of the forces arrayed to keep them together, so many have been together anywhere from 20 to 50 years and more. I personally know of hundreds.

    Second, you might note that it is a bush appointed, anti gay son of an antigay former senator, appointed by George Bush, who has thrown her sorry ass in jail for contempt of court. We gay people had nothing to do with it.

    Something about the rule of law?

  • Larry

    No bqrq, she is not becoming a Catholic Priest.

    Btw thanks to IP searches of your posts, you can expect authorities to be closing in on you. Better start deleting all that child p0rn on your computer and release those children you have locked up in your mom’s basement.

  • Larry

    Who would have guessed that someone who held the court in contempt and refused to follow its orders would be found in contempt of court and punished for it? Go figure.

  • Greg1

    This is good; as it will show how bizarre this nation has become. Where are the federal marshals in San Francisco when they refuse to follow federal law concerning illegal immigrant felons. Hmmm. This is selective enforcement of Supreme Court mandated sinning. As for whether she should resign??? Why? Because she is doing her job as she has always known it to be? No these people should be grandfathered in, and until their atheists take their places through attrition.

  • Stories like this one from Kentucky are awesome.
    They create 10,000 Atheists per minute.

    I feel awful this story seems to be ending.
    I hope another religious zealot emerges quickly to keep the red-eyed homophobic bigotry of the Jesus Code front and center to be pilloried across the culture.

    “Avoid them” – St. Paul
    Such broad hatred against groups of human beings is depraved.

  • Greg1

    Hopefully this will now get the attention this case has needed from the beginning. The governor of Ky, needs to step in and state that his State is one that believes in the Constitution of the USA, and ends this nonsense. It is time for the State of Kentucky to tell the SCOTUS to take a hike, just like CA, CO, and now AZ has beein doing, without backlash from the FEDS.

  • Richard Rush

    Hi Dominic, I’ve been with my husband for 34 years.

  • Ted

    Unnecessary? So, if a Muslim county clerk denies driver’s licenses to women, you’re okay with that?

    And, if an Amish county clerk denies gun licenses to everyone, you’re okay with that?

    And, if a Church of Satan county clerk requires an animal sacrifice to get a marriage license, you’re okay with that?

  • Greg1

    Just as Jesus said, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man … in those days, they married wives, and were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:26-27. In our day we are being deluged with the flood of deception. And at some point, only entering into the Ark of the Catholic Church–the barque of Peter (Matt 14:29)–will one escape being swept away, finding safe refuge there. One by one, the other churches will knuckle under to the norms of the anti-church. We, however, must all go to that place of refuge to resist the counterfeit that looms, seeking to deceive and rob you of your salvation. Pray, pray, pray to Our Lord, as this will only get worse, before getting better.

  • Be Brave

    Insanity creates 10,000 atheists per minute. And since they are soulless, animated mud-pie fools, good riddance to bad rubbish. Just don’t react to their depression and let nature takes its course. Evolution is a pitiless care taker.

    The M A S H theme should be playing in the background . . .

  • Be Brave

    Greg1,

    It’s amazing watching it all come to life every single day. The Bible, fools mock it while living it out as they do.

    I’m enjoying this.

    The lady is as wrong as any marriage perversion activist. It’s like watching two pigs fight over their own excrement because there might still be an edible chunk in there somewhere.

    Hilarious watching the fool patrol on both sides of the street yelling at those with the same content of character as each has.

    It’s easy to see how S’dom and G’morrah got that way. So much for the myth label.

  • Michael Glass

    This is counterproductive. The woman has now become a martyr in the cause of discrimination against same sex marriage. Why didn’t they just dismiss her from her job? Obviously with her beliefs, she is unable to perform it.

    Stupidity on steroids!

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  • Greg1

    Indeed. I think we all know why gays are going to this clerk for a marriage license. But this is a good eye opener for all who have stood on the sidelines thinking this is just some hand waver. No, it’s time to wake up, and see what’s really brewing out there, and it is a witches brew of anti-normalcy that is out to infest the minds and hearts of all people of good will. Sadly, most people are followers, and that means, they will follow the devil himself off the great precipice into his well heated home for eternity. Time to get properly focused.

  • Barry the Baptist

    Hahahahahaha!!

  • Barry the Baptist

    Why bother?

    Your god doesn’t give a sh!t how bad it gets: he actually views our greatest efforts to come together as a species in peace and harmony as the sign that it has hit the fan and the time for his return is nigh.

    You should be celebrating: our success at inclusion marks the arrival of your schadenfreude-pushing savior.

  • Christopher Blackwell

    Dominic

    It had nothing to do with the gay couples and everything to do with the Clerks view that because she was Christian that she as a public official could pick and choose which laws she would obey. This is a common idea among some conservative Christians that they are above secular law.

    Not eve Jesus ever taught that. Give unto Caesar what is Caesars. Despite the fact that Caesar was not following God’s law, that did not change the fact that Jesus said his followers had to follow man made law such as taxes.

    Another thing is that the county clerk has no legal right to impose her religious beliefs because of being a government official. It is not just a case of same sex couples. She has not allowed any marriage licenses to be done since last June, so she was taking out her tantrum on the whole of the county, and all couples seeking marriage licenses.

    It is a delicious irony that she forced a mostly Conservative Supreme Court and a Republican Attorney General to work…

  • Christopher Blackwell

    Sorry but as incest is the biggest child molesting problem, that is mostly a Straight family problem.

  • Larry

    Given the tenor of your posts, it is clear you are sodomizing your mother and son and are just looking for excuses by blaming others.

    Sorry, you came to the wrong place for that.

  • dmj76

    The level of discourse at RNS seems to be pretty mean.
    Can we not have semi-polite posts?
    Do people think they will change anyones mind by such talk?
    Are there LOTS of trolls here trying to make opponents look bad?

  • bqrq

    The point is that we are talking about sodomy which is always the underlying issue in any discussion of gay marriage. Telling big fat lies about it being “normal” and pushing it on boys and young men. This forum will never be anything more than just another gay website. Next topic – is “fisting” morally righteous?

  • Larry

    ‘ is “fisting” morally righteous?”

    Your mother seemed to like it.

  • bqrq

    This commentary is useful in that it exposes evil and validates why Kim David should not be forced to participate in the depravity of “gay marriage”

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    The Constitution of the United States protects freedom of religion. Too bad SCOTOS doesn’t know this. They are swayed by public opinion. Replace them!

  • Fran

    These persons whose conscience conflicts with man’s law, but agree with God’s laws, will most likely not be grandfathered in. Why? Man’s systems (including political and judicial), not being just nor righteous, usually abuse the powers they possess, to the detriment of the many.

    Gratefully, God’s kingdom or government will soon replace all of man’s political and judicial systems (Daniel 2:44), so this “problem” will soon no longer be applicable in the long run…during its millennial rule, and after it, on earth.

  • Ben in oakland

    Do you mean to say that public opinion should have no value in our country? Only the opinions of the religionists?

  • Ben in oakland

    David was elected country clerk, NOT county cleric.

    By refusing to allow her under clerks to sign marriage licenses, she is basically stating what we already knew: the only freedom of religion that matters is hers.

    @Greg? all people of good will? I’m assuming you are including yourself and BQRQ in that bit of lying? What about the couples who just want a marriage license, not a religious diatribe? what about all of the people who have no issue with gay people marrying, and all of the churches willing to marry them?

  • Greg1

    Ben, Gay people are free to do as they choose; however, the so called “decision” to allow gay marriage is way way out there. I can’t quite see that far Left. The SCOTUS had no business getting involved in these types of decisions. In doing so, they’ve become a political entity. Constitutionally, they don’t have the authority to just “make” a new Constitution. There just isn’t enough in our Constitution to allow them this broad decision. This is something that requires an act of Congress. So, no, this must be corrected, and yes, the SCOTUS needs to be reeled in from its assumption of power that it does not have. The Constitution affords freedom of Religion; it doesn’t openly state that man is free from the Natural Law. In fact, it implies that man is bound to the Natural Law in the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution that followed. And it ties that Natural Law to its Overseer, God, the Creator.

  • Dominic

    No, you’ve been sleeping with another man for 34 years. You have no husband.

  • Dominic

    Incest will be legalized soon, I’m guessing. What’s to stop an uncle/nephew wedding now? Since they can’t reproduce, and they are in love, who’s to point fingers at them. Yep, the world is dying quicker from moral warming than global warming.

  • Dominic

    She still married within the norm of our created nature. Homosexual sex is a sin to the religiously learned….. making homosexual marriage a religious impossibility. Even a sinner recognizes moral depravity when they see it.

  • Dominic

    Now you are being supremely ridiculous. It is an obvious fact that this woman was repeatedly targeted to make a point for the gay cause. The Davids could have gone elsewhere long ago, but humiliating a religious conscience was just too tempting. And after all the bullying tales the gays whimper over, they turn out to be bullies themselves. Nice goal.

  • Dominic

    Rendering unto Caesar had to do with reasonably obeying the laws of the land. Being commanded to pay tribute to an idol was not to be obeyed by Christians. How many willingly died defying “Caesar”?
    To this clerk, gay marriage is akin to spitting in the face of God, and forcing her to undertake a new novelty of licensing what isn’t marriage is cruel…..intentionally cruel. But heaven forbid we insult the gay pioneers.

  • Richard Rush

    Dominic, I’ve seen enough of your comments to know that you are allergic to reality, and addicted to imaginary facts.

  • Richard Rush

    Correction: “It is an obvious imaginary fact that this woman was repeatedly targeted to make a point for the gay cause.”

    “The Davids could have gone elsewhere long ago . . . “ Yes, just as black people could have gone elsewhere for a meal fifty years ago if a lunch-counter was in defiance of Federal law.

  • Richard Rush

    Assuming that the nephew is not a minor, who could possibly be harmed by an uncle/nephew wedding? If your opposition is grounded in nothing more than a Bible verse, then you have no legal standing whatsoever. However, if you can cite some documentable tangible harm, then you may have a case.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    That’s got to be one of the weirdest and least effective arguments ever. Let’s parse it alittle:

    “Our created culture:” Aren’t all cultures created by their denizens?

    “The religiously learned:” Like the Taliban and the Ayatollahs?

    “A religious impossibility:” Like evolution, or the earth revolving around the sun?

    “A sinner:” It would seem the writer believes this is a category to which he himself does not belong.

    “Moral depravity:” Anyone who believes the harsh treatment of refugees in Hungary is not moral depravity, but marrying a loving couple is, has no moral compass to speak of.

  • L. Taylor

    She made over a half a million dollars in donations in the last few months. She is fine. In fact I suspect part of her “resolve” has nothing to do with faith and more to do with the fact that she is getting more than $10,000 per day from supporters.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Asking a public official to follow the law and do their job cannot be reasonably called persecution. The second sentence there appears to obliquely threaten violence against the plaintiffs but I believe the writer’s intention was not that so much as a regret that the caliber of those gentlemen’s manhood so far vastly exceeds his own.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Please. Certainly you are not implying those “gay pioneers” have not been insulted more times in a month than Li’l Kim has in her whole life (well, maybe not counting the fashion police)?

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  • George Nixon Shuler

    I think this is the stage of grief called “anger” here.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Translation: bullies don’t like it when their targets punch back, e dicho!

  • George Nixon Shuler

    That seems contradictory. Please explain how CA, CO, and AZ figure into the mix here.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Please tell us more.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    I’d like to see some evidence that RNS is behind “the promotion of sodomy.”

    First of all, define “sodomy” as used in your assertion. I can mean anal intercourse, either between persons of same or opposite genders, or simply anything other than man-on-top get-it-over-with sex in the dark for the purpose of conception. So give us the definition in your usage of it there, then connect the dots. Otherwise it’s revealed as bloviation.

  • Larry

    Up yours. I am not the one asking people if they sodomize. Nor did I bring up pedophilia and fisting. That is all bqrq. If you don’t like nasty minded pervy posts, don’t make them. Otherwise tough crap.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    With all due respect it appears you are the one hung up on sex here. The idea gay marriage is about sex is pretty stupid, unless you think straight marriage is about sex too.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    This post is fraught with the assumption of facts not in evidence. Actually, LGBTs tend to be among the most productive people in any society which is one reason why corporations like Hallmark, based in Kansas City in the Heartland, enthusiastically embrace gay rights. In contrast, religious fanatics are the ones most often found at the fringes, carrying imcomprehensible picket signs and shouting nonsense. I suspect the writer is among those affected by the prevarication that The Roman Empire fell due to sexual immorality and is trying to express that as best as he can by making assertions relative to this falsehood as if it is a truth. My Western Civ professor, the late Sydney D. Janak, once confronted a drunken right-wing local TV station manager who presented similarly cretinous assertions as on-air editorials thusly: “the Roman Empire fell for many reasons, but sexual morality was not one of them.”

  • George Nixon Shuler

    “Natural Law” = the speaker’s handy-dandy phrase which roughly translates to “I don’t wike it.”

  • I think this is utter BS that they jailed her for standing up for her rights. Someone on FB just shared this campaign with me: http://www.tfund.com/free-kim-davis-now

  • God bless her. She is doing a righteous act. She fears God not man. The prophet Daniel saw into the future a very long time ago. And he saw ‘the saints of The Most High inherited the kingdoms of the world”. The kingdoms of the world have been misruled. Jesus Christ will rule righteously as Priest-King with His saints for ever and ever, and where will the wicked be? Where they will go? Daniel saw this also “their bodies were given to the fire”. Daniel saw into the future: the reign of Messiah with His saints. He saw the lake of fire, where the wicked will reside for all eternity. So, while the wicked celebrate their perceived victories in this wicked age, remember, in the end they lose. In the end the saints of the most high win! Forever, and ever. Repent! Turn to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Receive Him into you life, and know God’s forgiveness of sins and peace and promise of everlasting life. God Bless

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