According to Franklin Graham, Kim Davis’ gay marriage fight also amounts to “fighting for religious freedom for all of us.”
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Judge L. Bunning has told Kim Davis that “every public official is subject to the rule of law,” but Mike Huckabee believes the jailing of Davis can be related to the Dred Scott slavery ruling. Davis’ lawyer has also compared his client to Martin Luther King Jr. and has claimed that opponents are like Nazi Germany.
“She’s not going to resign, she’s not going to sacrifice her conscience, so she’s doing what Martin Luther King Jr. wrote about in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail, which is to pay the consequences for her decision,” the lawyer said.
Franklin Graham is the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Writing on Facebook, the Christian leader wrote about the jailing of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
“Kentucky Clerk of Court Kim Davis was jailed by a federal judge yesterday because she refused to put her name on marriage certificates for same-sex couples. This ripple effect is exactly what we feared would result from the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in June.
“As Americans, our constitution guarantees religious freedom which means we should be able to live out our faith in our daily lives. Mike Huckabee called this ‘the criminalization of Christianity.’
“As Kim fights this battle, she is really fighting for religious freedom for all of us. Let’s continue to pray for her, and that Judge David L. Bunning will have a change of heart.”
According to Fox News, Kim Davis has refused to resign her $80,000 a year job, and she officially appealed the judge’s ruling to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. On Saturday, about 300 people rallied in support of Davis at the Carter County Detention Center, where she is still being held. Mike Huckabee plans on attending another rally scheduled for Tuesday.
“We must defend religious liberty and never surrender to judicial tyranny,” Huckabee said in a statement. “I am proud of Kim for standing strong for her beliefs. Who will be next? Pastors? Photographers? Caterers? Florists? This is a reckless, appalling, out-of-control decision that undermines the Constitution of the United States and our fundamental right to religious liberty.”
U.S. District Judge David Bunning previously indicated that Kim Davis’ gay marriage denial will cause her to be in jail at least a week. But, if she still refuses to follow the judge’s demand, then she could be jailed for an indefinite amount of time. Davis has said she will not issue marriage licenses until the Kentucky state legislature changes the law so licenses can be issued based upon the authority of another person.
It has been argued that the gay marriage licenses issued so far in Kentucky are “not worth the paper they are written on” because Kim Davis refused to authorize them. Judge Bunning said he was uncertain if the gay marriage licenses were valid but ordered them to be issued, anyway.
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