Kim Davis says she "surrendered" her life "to Jesus Christ" just four years ago 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, telling 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.
"I'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 Christianity â€” became a practicing, church-going, Bible-believing follower of her Lord Jesus Christ â€” just four years ago.
That's right. David Moore and David Ermold have been a committed couple â€” not an easy thing to do in the Bluegrass hills of a small town in conservative Kentucky 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 refusing 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 attorneys 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. 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 separate from the one four other couples filed, resulting in the mandate last month 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.
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 conservative 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. Davis 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.
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