Kim Davis says she “surrendered” her life “to Jesus Christ” just four years agoÂ â€” less than one-quarter the amount of time some of the very couples she refuses to allow to marry have been committed partners. She’s also had a rather surprising past.
That’s Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, on the left, with her hands up in the air, yesterday, tellingÂ David Moore and David Ermold to step away from the counter in her office, as she, for the third, or maybe fourth time, refused to issue them a marriage license, in violation of the law. As their interaction got heated amid the cameras and protestors and legal motions, Davis threw her Christian judgment at them.
“Iâ€™m willing to face my consequences as you all will face your consequences when it comes time for judgment,” Davis told the couple, who have been committed partners for 17 years.
Kim Davis, on the other hand, converted to ChristianityÂ â€” became a practicing, church-going, Bible-believing follower of her Lord Jesus ChristÂ â€” just four years ago.
That’s right.Â David Moore and David Ermold have been a committed coupleÂ â€” not an easy thing to do in the Bluegrass hills of a small town in conservative KentuckyÂ â€” for more than four times as long as the civil servant citing her religious beliefs as the reason she thinks she should be allowed to stand in the way of them being joined in marriage.
Yesterday, the couple entered Davis’ office and asked for a marriage license. When she refused them, they asked, “under whose authority” she was refusingÂ â€” given that the Supreme Court just 12 hours earlier had refused Davis’ request to not make her follow the law.
“Under God’s authority” she bellowed.
But Davis found God, she and her Liberty Counsel attorneysÂ admit, just four years ago.
“I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me,” Davis said in a statement yesterday. “Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.”
Moore and Ermold certainly aren’t the only same-sex couple Davis and her office have refused a marriage license.Â William Smith, Jr. and James Yates have been together for nine years. Davis and her deputies have refused them three times. They’re now suing her in a lawsuit separateÂ from the one four other couples filed, resulting in the mandate last monthÂ that Davis follow the law, which she refuses.
David Moore and David Ermold have been together 17 years. Kim Davis has been married four times, divorced three times, committed adultery, and gave birth to the children of a man not her husband, while married to another man.Â
Yes, it’s rather confusing.
“The Kentucky county clerk facing potentially stiff penalties for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses has been married four times, raising questions of hypocrisy and selective application of the Bible to her life,” the conservativeÂ U.S. News & World Report revealed last night.
“The marriages are documented in court records obtained by U.S. News, which show that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis divorced three times, first in 1994, then 2006 and again in 2008.”
Davis “gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband,” the article explains. “They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. DavisÂ worked at the clerk’s office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried.”
The “has been married four times” is not news. NCRM reported that fact nearly two months ago. The lineage and paternity of her children is news.
This isn’t about judging Kim Davis’ past actions. It’s not our place, nor do we know the circumstances. It is about judging her present refusal to do her job and follow the law.
It’s easy and fair to say no one’s current religious beliefs should be measured by their previous “sins,” whether or not you happen to be among the faithful who believe in the concept.
But it’s nearly impossible to think it’s OK for a civil servant to be allowed to use their religious beliefs as a weapon to prohibit someone else from accessing their civil rights.
Image by Hillary Thornton viaÂ Twitter
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Burn Bags and Use of Personal Email: Justices’ Security Practices Even Worse Than Leak Investigation Showed
Multiple sources familiar with the court’s operations told CNN that justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive communications, employees used printers that didn’t produce logs and “burn bags” to collect sensitive materials for destruction were often left open and unattended in hallways.
“This has been going on for years,” one former employee said.
Some justices were slow to adopt email technology — they were “not masters of information security protocol,” according to one source — and court employees were afraid to confront them over the security risks.
Supreme Court marshal Gail Curley in her investigative report noted that printer logs intended to track document production were insufficient, but a former employee said employees who had VPN access could print documents from any computer, and remote work during COVID-19 shutdowns and otherwise meant draft opinions could have been taken from the building in violation of court guidelines.
Curley’s report noted that court methods for destroying sensitive documents should be improved, but three employees said striped burn bags supplied to chambers were often left sitting out unattended, and each justice had their own protocols for disposing of court documents.
A source familiar with court security practices said some colleagues stapled burn bags shut, while others filled them to capacity and left them near their desks, and others simply left them sitting in hallways where anyone with access to non-public areas could have taken sensitive materials.
Ethics Complaint Against Sinema Urges Investigation Into Staffers’ Duties and Her Possible ‘Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars’
If you are hired to work in Senator Kyrsten Sinema‘s office on Capitol Hill there is a 37-page memo you’ll want to read detailing all the responsibilities her staffers are required to perform, from getting her groceries, calling Verizon and going to her D.C. home to wait for a repair person if the internet goes out, scheduling massages, and ensuring her very detailed airplane requirements are met.
“It is your job to make her as comfortable as possible on each flight,” the memo says, as The Daily Beast first reported in December.
But now a group of 13 non-profit organizations have joined to file an ethics complaint against Senator Sinema (I-AZ), a new Daily Beast report reveals Friday, including details from that 37-page memo which the newly-independent lawmaker directed to be drawn up. Dated Thursday, the complaint is titled: “Letter to Senate Ethics Committee Regarding Reports of Sinema Abusing Taxpayer Dollars.”
“Senate Ethics guidelines stipulate that staff should not be asked to perform personal errands for members. This is an unambiguous ethical boundary,” the group’s complaint reads.
It also points to that 37-page memo, which it says, “indicates that staff are required, as a condition of their jobs, to carry out numerous tasks that are outside the scope of public employment, including doing personal errands for the Senator, carrying out household tasks at her private residence, and advancing their own funds for her personal purchases. It makes unreasonably precise scheduling demands, and former staff have confirmed some of the allegations.”
The allegations continue.
“And, most troubling, it calls on staff members, who are employed and paid by the public and explicitly barred from campaign activity, to schedule and facilitate political fundraisers and meetings with campaign donors, presumably during the workday while they are on the clock and physically on federal property.”
“Senate staff are prohibited under your guidelines from engaging in political activity ‘on Senate time, using Senate equipment or facilities.’ While you have not prohibited campaign activity outside work hours, the plain language of the memo clearly implies that Sen. Sinema expects her staff to carry out these scheduling tasks during the workday. And these tasks may separately violate Senate Rule 41.1, which explicitly prohibits Senate employees from ‘solicit[ing]’ campaign funds.”
The complaint also alleges that “Sen. Sinema required her staff to schedule three physical therapy and massage sessions a week related to her training for athletic competitions, and to tightly manage her dietary schedule — while allotting only a 30-minute period on Wednesdays for meetings with the constituents she represents.”
The carefully-worded complaint adds, “the allegations paint a picture of a Senator who is not only unresponsive to her constituents, but also disrespectful and even abusive to her employees and wholly unconcerned about her obligations under the law.”
The Daily Beast has posted a copy of the complaint here.
You can read The Beast’s full report here.
Santos May Owe Thousands in Unpaid Traffic Violation Fines and Fees Across Two States: Report
When he left for Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. George Santos also appears to have left a string of unpaid traffic violation fines and fees in two states, including red light, double parking, and overtime parking citations totaling thousands of dollars.
The embattled serial liar and freshman New York GOP lawmaker “may owe more than $3,400 in unpaid citations, according to records from New York City and Florida,” CBS News reports.
Included in that total is $1,299.10 from Florida for toll violations that “racked up late fees and were ultimately sent to collections agencies.”
It appears that in November of 2016, as soon as he got his New York driver’s license after having one in Florida, a car previously ticketed via a red light camera whose plates match one registered to Santos “began piling up citations in New York City — 29 in the next two and a half years, according to city government records, which do not identify the drivers of vehicles being ticketed.”
“More than $1,800 in payments were made for 17 citations, but another 12 remain unpaid, with $2,142.61 still due, according to city records.”
CBS News also points to a New York Post report from January revealing “a Nissan Rogue driven frequently by Santos in recent months had been issued speeding tickets at least five times since he was elected on Nov. 8, ‘including four times in school zones.'”
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