Kim Davis isn’t backing down, and it appears her supporters won’t be either.
Several supporters are planning to rally at the capitol today in support of Davis. The Rowan County clerk has been in headlines for the past several months for refusing to issue marriage licenses to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. Davis claims that her Christian beliefs are preventing her from granting licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that same-sex couples could legally wed.
The Family Foundation, a conservative group, organized the event and told the Louisville Courier-Journal they hope to attract over 2,000 people. A group titled “Support Kim Davis” on Facebook announced their intent to travel to Frankfort to defend Davis, who has become somewhat of a symbol for many who oppose the same-sex marriage ruling.
“Come on! Get ready to stand for our religious beliefs that are being tramples on! See you in Frankfort! Be safe and God bless,” a post inside the group said Saturday.
The group members made sure to note that the rally will be a calm, peaceful one, as to not give detractors any further ammunition. Critics of Davis are already arguing that Davis is in violation of her oath of office.
“This rally will be a peaceful but strong statement that Kentuckians want ALL that is good for America and for ALL American citizens. The one thing they cannot allow is any loss of religious liberty or freedom of conscience,” a poster stated about the rally.
As of now, Davis is unable to be held for contempt of court due to a delay in which a local judge has issued for her. The delay expires Monday, August 31, and serves only to give Davis ample time to appeal.
“Our form of government will not survive unless we, as a society, agree to respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions, regardless of our personal opinions. Davis is certainly free to disagree with the court’s opinion, as many Americans likely do, but that does not excuse her from complying with it,” the judge’s order read.
Last week, a federal judge had issues that Davis’ freedom of religion was not violated by her requirement to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The judge then ordered her to begin issuing the licenses.
Couples in the area, both same-sex and opposite sex, have had to travel to a different county to obtain a marriage license, or simply just wait around. Davis has been the subject of several YouTube videos of her being confronted about her unwillingness to issue the licenses.
It’s worth noting that Davis has been married four times.
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