Love her or hate her, new gay marriage opponent Kim Davis, the Kentucky court clerk who continues to make headlines for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, has an indomitable resolve. She was jailed a few days ago for her continued refusal to sign off on marriage licenses in spite of the Supreme Court’s ruling at the end of June, and it does not look like she’s planning on backing down anytime soon.
As is usually the case, social media is split on how to view the new gay marriage opponent. Some have noted that effectively, Davis is being asked to renounce her faith in issuing marriage licenses while others argue that it is Davis’ responsibility, as a court clerk who swore to do her duty, to simply do her job and leave religion at the door.
I would love to be wrong about this, but it seems the only Christian church to officially denounce Kim Davis is the Westboro Baptist Church.— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) September 5, 2015
To get out of jail, Kim Davis must renounce her faith. That’s the same thing the Iranians want Pastor Saeed Abedini to do. #ImWithKim— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 5, 2015
Governor Mike Huckabee is one of those who supports Davis and her right to be the new gay marriage opponent. He has taken to his official Twitter feed to encourage people to sign a petition to free Davis, using the #ImWithKim hashtag. There have also been protests outside the detention facility to encourage authorities to release the new marriage opponent.
Reportedly, there are clashing groups outside the Rowan County courthouse, with one side shouting Bible verses while the other proclaiming that “love won” according to the Dispatch Times. New Jersey governor Chris Christie has suggested that the new gay marriage opponent could perhaps be reassigned to another area of the court where she would not have to compromise her religious conscience. The problem is, law would have to be amended so that either licenses could be issued without involvement from the court clerk, or Davis’ job would have to be changed where she would simply be required to record the licenses rather than approve them.
Regardless of what the potential outcome for the court clerk position might mean, the new gay marriage opponent currently remains behind bars. Six marriage licenses for same sex couples have been issued thus far since Davis went to jail, and there are five other clerks at Davis’ workplace that have agreed to issue licenses in her absence.
Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, the conservative legal group defending Davis, said, “Here’s two things I know: She’s not going to resign, and she’s not going to violate her conscience.”
It would appear that, for the time being, the new gay marriage opponent is prepared to remain behind bars rather than betray her religious convictions, but according to Staver, Davis is more than prepared to accept whatever fate awaits her.