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  • Want Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Fired? Rowan County Officials Are Trying

    Rowan County officials have referred misconduct charges against Clerk Kim Davis to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

    It is impossible to write a story about Kim Davis without someone - usually many someones - commenting that she should be fired. Davis is the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who stopped processing marriage licenses due to her "Christian" beliefs, after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality. Firing seems the obvious thing to do. But Davis is an elected official, which means there is no supervisor with the power to terminate her employment.

    “No authority exists for her removal or suspension from the office by Rowan County government,” explained County Attorney Cecil Watkins, “Kentucky State Government is the only entity that can move to have Kim Davis removed as Rowan County Clerk.”

    On Thursday, the government of Rowan County took the first step down the road of having her removed. The City Attorney's Office referred official misconduct charges against Kim Davis to the State Attorney General, Jack Conway. Conway is a Democrat who refused to defend Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, so Davis is not likely to find a champion for her cause in the A.G.'s office.

    Rowan County officials announced Friday that they have asked the attorney general to charge Kim Davis with misconduct under KRS 522.020 and KRS 522.030. One is a Class A misdemeanor punishable with imprisonment not to exceed 12 months and fine of $500. The other is a Class B misdemeanor punishable with up to 90 days imprisonment and a fine of $250. Which degree of culpability applies to Ms. Davis would be decided after a guilty verdict at trial, but the offense is the same:

    “A public servant is guilty of official misconduct in the first degree when, with intent to obtain or confer a benefit or to injure another person or to deprive another person of a benefit, knowingly commits an act relating to his office which constitutes an unauthorized exercise of his official functions or refrains from performing a duty imposed upon him by law or clearly inherent in the nature of his office or violates any statute or lawfully adopted rule or regulation relating to his office.”

    If Attorney General Conway agrees with the Rowan County Attorney, Clerk Kim Davis will have to defend her actions in state court - but not in Rowan County. 

    “Kentucky Bar Association rules of the Supreme Court of Kentucky prohibit the Rowan County Attorney's Office from prosecuting Kim Davis due to being involved in current litigation with Davis,” County Attorney Cecil Watkins explained in a written statement. “Typically, the Attorney General's Office refers conflict cases to a prosecutor from another county.”

    A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office told reporters they are "looking into the matter."

     

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    • commented 2015-10-02 11:57:44 -0400
      What Kim Davis is doing is comparable to a Quaker in the gun permit office refusing to issue the permits. hmmmm……………..Haaaaay. That sounds like a really good idea. Maybe we can cut down on these mass shootings that way.

    • commented 2015-10-01 14:13:01 -0400
      You don’t do your job and obey the law, out you go. You should be impeached. If you don’t like the law, that’s too bad.. There are plenty of people who would do this job and not discriminate. And yes it is discrimination., Why do we have to be a nation of people who always have to hate anyone different. Christ did not hate or judge and neither should we. And I don’t need the bible quoted too as we no longer stone adulterers or sell daughters into slavery or a host of other things we have selectively let go in the Old Testament. You can’t pick and choose the bible passages to support your position. So if your willing to sell your daughters into slavery then have a go with the bible passages. My sons are not abominations and should be entitled to marriage under the law. That is what the Supreme Court says and that is what shoukd be done!.

    • commented 2015-09-05 20:41:09 -0400
      Betty Clift stated, “Kim Davis has every right to refuse to marry gays”!

      Based on what Betty? She is the county clerk, elected by all the people of her county or at least the majority to perform a particular job. She is refusing to perform that job because she has some religious superstitions when it comes to gay people. In fact not only will she not perform the job but she ordered her subordinates not to perform the job either.

      Now Ms Davis has a right to her particular religious beliefs and to practice them in her private life. But the US Constitution states that no state nor the federal government can enforce a particular religious belief over other religious beliefs. She has no right to refuse to issue a marriage license to two people who are allowed such a license under the law. It does not matter what her religious beliefs are or are not.

    • commented 2015-09-05 19:31:01 -0400
      Deuteronomy 22 :13-21 states if she is not a virgin on her wedding day that she should be taken to her father’s doorsteps and be stoned to death by the towns men. According to her religious convictions, she should have been stoned to death numerous times because she’s on her 4th marriage. #KimDavis is using the Bible as her sword to persecute others …you live by the sword you die by the sword. Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. #KimDavis the face of hipocrasy. .@betty Clift

    • commented 2015-09-05 19:30:00 -0400
      @betty Clift what rock did you crawl out from under? She is a public servant paid for my taxpayers and she took an oath before she started her government job to uphold the laws…“So help me God” is part of that oath…so does she have two Gods tgat she serves…? One God from her bible cherry picking verses and another one that she swore to when she took her oath?!

    • commented 2015-09-05 18:59:49 -0400
      Kim Davis has every right to refuse to marry gays! It is her right , just the same as their right to obtain a license ! They can get anyone else to grant them one, they are making her a whipping girl. And big deal about her past! We all have things in our closets! The only perfect person , they nailed to a cross! So get off the damn subject and tell these gay people to go elsewhere for theor permits, if getting married is all they want, it should not matter who issues their permits. They only want their 5 minutes of fame. Leave Kim Davis alone. If she is such a sinner as people are saying, she will have to answer to God, the same as the gays will when they meet him at the golden gates. And I am sure , he will judge them as he sees fit. mans law won’t mean shit then!

    • commented 2015-09-04 21:11:50 -0400
      I wonder who named The Bigot Clerk of Kentucky an"official martyr." The Ku Klux Klan, perhaps?

    • commented 2015-09-04 21:02:40 -0400
      Joe Aleks said, “She’s officially a martyr now, having been defeated in this battle”.

      She is a martyr to the far right bigots not different from the bigots who demanded that their Scriptures allowed them to discriminate against Black people or Jews. She had a job to do as an elected officer of the government. That job did not allow her to discriminate on the basis of some religious superstition she claims to follow.

    • commented 2015-09-04 18:08:57 -0400
      IMPEACH!!! Impeachment is a formal process in which an official is accused of unlawful activity, the outcome of which, depending on the country, may include the removal of that official from office as well as criminal or civil punishment.

    • commented 2015-09-04 14:19:10 -0400
      She’s officially a martyr now, having been defeated in this battle. But the war is far from over, and religious people will defend themselves, either within the law or outside it.

    • commented 2015-09-04 13:53:48 -0400
      Joe Aleks claims, “The danger is in its threat to freedom of speech and thought as gaurunteed by the Constitution.. Kim Davis is fighting for those freedoms”,

      Not true. In addition to you completely ignoring the factual basis of the argument I presented your claim as stated above is not valid.

      Kim Davis is free to think and speak as she pleases in her personal capacity. However as clerk she is an elected official in the county government and as such must do her job. She can no more refuse to do so based upon personal religious beliefs than she could refuse to issue an alcohol permit to a bar because she is Muslim, a concealed carry permit to a person because she is a Quaker or a business license to a butcher who sells pork products because she is an Orthodox Jew..

      As a representative of the government she has no right to discriminate in favor of one religious and against others who do not hold those beliefs. MLK did argue that right should be denied Caucasians, he argued that all hold the same rights. She is George Wallace in front of the door to the registrar’s barring Black kids from enrolling in school.

    • commented 2015-09-04 12:57:06 -0400
      Munoz, doesn’t matter if someone else can do her job for her. If she can’t, “won’t,” then she needs to go. She’s not being asked, told, to perform marriage ceremony. Just do paperwork, whatever her beliefs are is mute, inconsequential

    • commented 2015-09-04 12:13:41 -0400
      Fired? Really? No. This equality movement is completely one sided. I’m sure there are other County Clerks that are willing to marry gay men. Leave this woman alone.

    • commented 2015-09-04 02:23:49 -0400
      There is nothing notably dangerous about the theory of human behavior that you present. I’m sure you are aware there are many other theories out there. What is dangerous is the widespread demands for public approval of unprovable statements about private sexual behavior and emotion.. Some of this has been embodied into law, as with the recent SCOTUS decision and nondiscrimination laws that include categories like sexual orientation or gender identity. The danger is in its threat to freedom of speech and thought as gaurunteed by the Constitution.. Kim Davis is fighting for those freedoms, as MLK fought for the rights of black people. I hold firm to this analogy.We can all talk, and agree to disagree, but when they start jailing people who are fighting for our freedoms, the real fight is on. Go Kim!!!!!!!!!!! Go America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • commented 2015-09-04 00:48:08 -0400
      Joe Aleks states, “What is unique about sexuality is that, other than the performances of pornstars, it is private and unknowable”.

      This is a common issue among some people. They confuse a behavior with an orientation. Sexual orientation is an enduring pattern of romantic or sexual attraction (or a combination of these) to persons of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or to both genders. This includes a person’s sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions

      A homosexual, like a heterosexual, does not need a marriage license to engage in a sex act with the partner of his or her choice. One need only go to any night club or bar any weekend and observe the hook-ups which occur between gay and straight couples. In addition a straight person like a gay person, can engage in a physical sex act outside of their orientation when called upon to do so. It has been long known that gay men or women have engaged in sexual intercourse with a person of the opposite gender despite the fact they are not romantically or sexually attracted to that person. Likewise straight men and women can engage in homosexual sex acts under similar circumstances. For example porn stars often engage in lesbian or male sex acts for compensation despite the fact they are not homosexual. Straight men will and do engage in same sex sexual acts when cut off from access to females.

      A gay person like a straight person is gay or straight based upon a constellation of behaviors public and private. Gay people like straight people live together, share all aspects of their public and private lives together. They buy homes, open buildings, raise children, hold hands in public, go to dinner, and otherwise behave in essentially the same behaviors with their partners regardless of their sexual orientation.

    • commented 2015-09-03 23:20:34 -0400
      Mr Petry would like a clearer definition of what I mean. Since he’s being so polite for a change, I’ll be happy to provide it. Race is mostly unchangeable. Religion is very changeable. What is unique about sexuality is that, other than the performances of pornstars, it is private and unknowable. All that can ever be known is what a person says about their sexuality. And what they say can be true or false, and there is no way to prove or disprove it. So what is the problem about what one does sexually or says about it? Absolutely nothing. The problem comes in when approval is demanded. And that;s what infringes on people’s rights and what Kim Davis is only the beginning of. People are fed up and fighting back.

    • commented 2015-09-03 21:02:44 -0400
      Joe Aleks states, “What I actually question the validity of is the inclusion of categories like gay, straight, etc along with racial, religious and other categories in regard to discrimination. Private matters are very different from public matters, and it is inaccurate to conflate the concepts.”

      Interesting conflation of matters. Racial categories are for the most part quite public although there are people of one race or another who do not comply with the general characteristics of a racial category. However religion is NOT an immutable category. You cannot tell what religion someone is by merely looking at them and in fact people can and do often change religious affiliations over the course of their lives.. So religion is very much a matter of choice.

      You use the dichotomy of public vs private which is a slippery definition and you do not define them . I have no idea what you mean. Sexual orientation is not merely a set of behaviors any more than religion is.

    • commented 2015-09-03 20:40:48 -0400
      What I actually question the validity of is the inclusion of categories like gay, straight, etc along with racial, religious and other categories in regard to discrimination. Private matters are very different from public matters, and it is inaccurate to conflate the concepts.

    • commented 2015-09-03 20:35:38 -0400
      Verbosity does not make a lie the truth. Also, no marriage license has issued as the word count has mounted exponentially.. I would love to hear what the good Dr King would have to say about this. Alas, we can only speculate.

    • commented 2015-09-03 19:40:40 -0400
      Kim Davis is a public servant paid by the tax payers. The law is the law. Everyone has to follow the laws that is why they are their to protect our civil liberties…Kim Davis is the one doing the persecuting with her cherry-picked Bible verses. @joe Alexs nothing that you post makes sense. You just can’t pull bullshit out of your ass and spew it out of your mouth and call it an educated debate because your talking points have no foundation or merit in any format. Like I said, if you and Bible beating idiots don’t want to abide by the laws that are set forth for everyone’s well being then move to a country that has religion as the law….let’s see how long you last there.

    • commented 2015-09-03 19:35:43 -0400
      Joe Aleks staes, "it is the determination of the local community which forms of marriage and other relationships are acceptable or not. Where Kim Davis and her community are being attacked is in being forced to accept what is unacceptable there under the the heavy hand of the law. They will fight back, and will not stop until they have protected their rights. "

      West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943) – “The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.”

      The fact that Joe refuses to accept is simple. The fact that the good people of this community do not like gay people is not a valid reason for denying gay people their civil rights. The fact that the good folks of this community believe their deity disapproves of gay people is not a valid reason for denying gay people their civil rights.

      Now Joe likes to trot out nonsense about incest and pedophilia and compare this to the homosexuality. This is a common form of logical fallacy, a red herring and a slippery slope depending on how it is presented. The Supreme court has routinely held that a legislature can forbid certain actions where there is a valid state purpose for doing so. They have held such reasons apply to both incestuous relationships as well as pedophilia. Those reasons do not apply to homosexual relationships per se. The court has found so in a number of cases.

      Now religious people have attempted to outlaw bi-racial marriages as well as impose burdens on those of different races, ethnicities, religions, genders etc. The courts have ruled that one may believe that one’s deity says this but this is not a valid exercise of the state’s authority. Ms. Davis, as a clerk is not acting on her own authority, she is acting on the state’s authority when she issues a marriage license. That means she has to follow the law as it is set forth not as she wants it to be. The Supreme Court has the final say on this issue under our constitution. If she feels she is not able to perform her duties as clerk then she needs to step aside, resign and let someone else do the job. Maybe after she sits in jail for a while she will decide to do her job or resign. Otherwise let her rot.

      As for this nonsense about her being mike Martin Luther King, actually she is a lot more like George Wallace standing in the doorway of the university registrar screaming “segregation now, segregation forever”.

    • commented 2015-09-03 19:15:01 -0400
      My point, which I’m just now getting a chance to get to, is that it is the determination of the local community which forms of marriage and other relationships are acceptable or not. Where Kim Davis and her community are being attacked is in being forced to accept what is unacceptable there under the the heavy hand of the law. They will fight back, and will not stop until they have protected their rights.

    • commented 2015-09-03 18:26:56 -0400
      In addition I don’t appose 5, 12, and 30 year old sibblings from getting married either since someone asked me either.

    • commented 2015-09-03 18:20:23 -0400
      I can’t claim to fully agree with Kim Davis, since I do support same sex marriage- for women, but not for men. That results from my view of marriage as a womans right. However, Kim Davis is being unjustly persecuted.

    • commented 2015-09-03 18:19:41 -0400
      In don’t oppose anything in the new civil rights movement.

    • commented 2015-09-03 17:38:54 -0400
      Her salary is paid by the tax payers not by God. If she feels strongly about her religious convictions then she should get a job at a church or move to a country where the government is ruled by religion. She is the epitome of hypocrisy ….she’s on her fourth marriage and if she wants to use the Bible as her sword to persecute others then she shall die by the sword too. Deuteronomy stayed if a wOman is not a virgin on her wedding day that she should be taken to her father’s doorsteps and be stoned to death by the towns men. @joe Aleks

    • commented 2015-09-03 17:37:25 -0400
      Her salary is paid by the tax payers not by God. If she feels strongly about her religious convictions then she should get a job at a church or move to a country where the government is ruled by religion. She is the epitome of hypocrisy ….she on her fourth marriage and if she wants to use the Bible as her sword to persecute others then she shall due by the sword too. Deuteronomy stayed if a wOman is not a virgin on her wedding day that she should be taken to her father’s doorsteps and be stoned to death by the towns men. @joe Aleks

    • commented 2015-09-03 16:48:00 -0400
      The Petrytro;; strikes again

    • commented 2015-09-03 16:42:19 -0400
      If a marriage license were sought to form a marriage of 5, 12, and 30 year old siblings to each other, would you support that? If you have a right to oppose it, then Kim Davis has a right to oppose same sex marriage.

    • commented 2015-09-03 16:38:36 -0400
      a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. See Joe Aleks.

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