An oath to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to protect her from further incarceration as she acts on her conscience not to issue marriage permits to homosexual couples, has been made public by a paramilitary group. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes said Wednesday, September 9, 2015 that his group has offered Davis protection in Rowan County, Kentucky, where she was released from jail on Tuesday.
Since taking her stand, 50-year-old Kim Davis has been harassed and bullied from all sides. In a Fox News interview, she informed host Todd Starnes that she and her husband have been the target of threats involving rape, murder, and arson.
“They told my husband they were going to burn us down while we slept in our home. He’s been told that he would be beaten up and tied up and made to watch them rape me. I have been told that gays should kill me.”
According to The New York Times, the same-sex couple who filed a discrimination lawsuit against her are David Moore, 39, and David Ermold, 41, partners together for 17 years and residents of Rowan County, Kentucky. They were denied their marriage license by Davis on four different occasions. The lawsuit resulted in her conviction for contempt of court.
In sentencing her to jail, U.S. District Judge David Bunning reminded Davis of her oath of office as a Kentucky clerk. He ordered her release after five days, and GOP presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were among the well-wishers to welcome her outside the Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon.
Davis became seriously committed to her Christian beliefs in 2011 after a period of instability during which she wed and divorced three times before marrying her current husband. Her remorse over her past life now fuels the power of her Christian conviction.
As an Apostolic Christian who believes homosexual union is a sin, she refused to issue any licenses from her office since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in the United States on June 26, 2015. She justified her actions as a “heaven or hell decision.”
As the Oath Keepers rally around the Kentucky clerk for her safety, she has declared her intention to stand by her faith. In circumstances such as hers, the Catholic Pope John Paul II made it clear that, “we would be forced by our conscience to disobey the civil authorities and follow the Law of God.”
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