Defiant Kim Davis still won’t sign marriage licenses, but won’t stop others

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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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The Kentucky county clerk, who spent five days in jail, returned to her office Monday (Sept. 14) under a judge's order that licenses be available to all.

  • Larry

    “Her attorneys, however, say the licenses issued in her absence — around 10, mostly for same-sex couples — are not valid without Davis’ authorization. ”

    I will take the assertions of Kim Davis’s lawyers with a grain of salt. They are notorious for making specious claims about the application of the available laws. Its probably not true.

    If Davis is not interfering with her office issuing legally valid licenses, then the problem is solved. But there is no fun in that for her lawyers. They are making scads of money off the publicity this situation is causing.

    If she continues to interfere with the issuance of legally valid licenses, then its back to jail for her in about 2 weeks. Problem solved.

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  • The Pars0n

    Son, like mother, is not doing his job!
    (Wonder how he got his job? Hmmm–hired or elected?)
    Taxpayers are putting up with this?
    When is the next election?

  • Eric Charles Smith

    She says it’s an impossible choice between conscience and freedom. No it isn’t. You either value your sense of conscience, the so-called purity of your soul, more than you value freedom, or vice versa. It seems to me Ms. Davis initially placed a priority on her purity; but after a few days in jail has come to the opposite conclusion. I don;t think anyone really cares whether she personally issues the marriage licenses so long as she does not impede the proper issuance of the licenses by the office.

  • bob

    I urge all Christian government employees in the capacity to issue gun licenses to refuse to issue any more.—“As bishops, we support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and make them safer — especially efforts that prevent their unsupervised use by children or anyone other than the owner — and we reiterate our call for sensible regulation of handguns.”
    That’s followed by a footnote that states: “However, we believe that in the long run and with few exceptions — i.e. police officers, military use — handguns should be eliminated from our society.”
    That in turn reiterates a line in the bishops’ 1990 pastoral statement on substance abuse, which called “for effective and courageous action to control handguns, leading to their eventual elimination from our society.”—-GOD BLESS YOU

  • George Nixon Shuler

    I predict she won’t run again and will retire to Florida on the grifting money she’s gotten from the religious right, maybe even get plastic surgery like Linda Tripp did. If I’m wrong and she runs again she’ll be defeated in either the primary or the general election.

  • Billysees

    Davis once wrote, I…must be obedient to…the Word of God.

    Her obedience to Romans 13:1-5, would’ve been the best and easiest thing to do.

    1. Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

    2. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.

    3. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.

    4. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.

    5. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

  • Khadijah

    Interesting! I had not seen the issue framed that way before.
    If all of us asserted the right to flout laws that we believed contrary to our religious beliefs, public life would be in chaos. Religious freedom cannot mean that an elected official is allowed to retain a wellpaid govt job while refusing to perform core duties and challenging her subordinates’ efforts to carry out their jobs.
    I can’t admire Ms. Davis as long as she is unwilling to accept the legal and financial consequences of her decisions. Civil disobedience requires willingness to accept the consequences of deciding to disobey the law.

  • Greg1

    Problem solved, now let’s get those San Francisco City Council Members thrown in jail until they begin to do their job protecting the City from felon illegal immigrants, who murder young women, like Kate Steinle, in their pastime.

  • Miss EH

    What maker her think she may deny people services they’re entitled to receive? She should do her job, or resign.

  • Miss EH

    *makes

  • Pete

    do you people seriously care after all this time

  • Ben in oakland

    So now Davis is altering marriage licenses in the hopes of making them invalid. What a classy, classy lady, and such a poster girl for being a grown up.

    on behalf of gay people,I would like to extend a big thank you to Davis. She, like antigay bigots everywhere, really do help us far more than they hurt us. In this case, she shows just how bogus these fake religious freedom arguments are.

    One might think Davis is being used by her god in a way she didn’t count on: “Make a fool out of yourself, Kimmy, so people get sick of your whining and come to the realization that your religious freedom arguments are just selfish narcissism.”

  • Larry

    I would if they were actually violating laws in question here. But immigration laws are not to be enforced by state or local officials unless USCIS authorizes them to do so. In fact there is no duty at all for such authorities to report to ICE when they have an illegal alien in custody. Your lack of knowledge of immigration law is duly noted.

    I am sure most illegal aliens in SF are just sitting around looking for white women to kill for giggles. As opposed to working menial jobs for below minimum wage due to pervasive fear of draconian punishment for violations of administrative law.

    Btw felons have far more rights than illegal aliens. Confusing the two is politically convenient but untrue.

  • Larry

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/09/15/thanks-to-kim-davis-more-americans-than-ever-before-support-equal-rights-over-religious-bigotry/

    Thanks to Kim Davis, the public overwhelmingly supports “equality under the law” over personal religious beliefs.

    “She and her lawyers are so reviled, they’re pushing people away from religious bigotry. Most people want nothing to do with them or their views.”