Kim Davis Releases Statement On Marriage Licenses: ‘It Is A Heaven Or Hell Decision’

Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, has issued a statement as to why she has remained firm in her position.

Davis, who worked for the Rowan County Clerk’s office as a Deputy Clerk for 27 years and was just recently voted in as the Clerk, said she loves her job, and despite other’s opinions stating she should resign, she wants to continue doing it.

Kim Davis went on to explain that she gave her life to God four years ago and feels that by issuing the marriage licenses to gay couples, she will be going against everything she believes in and stands for, according to the Liberty Counsel.

“I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience,” her statement read, according to LEX18.

While Kim says she holds no “animosity” towards anyone, she cannot do something that she feels is wrong and against her Christian beliefs.

“It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word.”

“It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Davis continued. “Our history is filled with accommodations for people’s religious freedom and conscience. I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned – that conscience and religious freedom would be protected. That is all I am asking.”

According to a previous report by the Inquisitr, Kim Davis has been summoned to court to explain to a federal judge why she and her staff should not be forced to go to jail or pay fines for her defiance of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

A lesbian couple who Davis denied a marriage license to on Tuesday morning has asked U.S. District Judge David Bunning to find the Rowan County clerk in contempt, requesting that she be forced to pay fines rather than receive jail time.

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