Kim Davis’ clerk duties in Kentucky just took another twist. While she has been out of jail and back at the job, LGBT couples are complaining that their gay marriage licenses are receiving certain modifications, which some say may call into question their validity.
Earlier in the month, Kim Davis’ clerk duties had her claiming that issuing same-sex marriage licenses would violate her conscience and go against the Christian religion. A federal judge released Davis from jail on the condition that she cannot interfere with any of her deputies handling the work of issuing marriage licenses.
However, critics are claiming that these marriage licenses have been modified to remove any mention of Kim Davis’ clerk position or name. Instead of saying that a marriage license was issued pursuant to a county clerk, they say the license was issued due only to a federal court order. In addition, the space normally reserved for for Kim Davis’ signature is simply signed by a “notary public.”
“Her intentional creation of such uncertainty surrounding the exercise of a fundamental right like marriage — an uncertainty not faced by couples in other counties — is a significant burden and injury that plaintiffs and members of the putative class ought not bear,” attorneys wrote, according to WTSP. “Nor should Plaintiffs and members of the putative class have to endure the humiliation and stigma associated with the receipt of marriage licenses that are effectively imprinted with Davis’ opprobrium.”
A Kim Davis interview is set to be released by ABC today, Tuesday, and excerpts from the interview show the Kentucky clerk defending her actions, but also telling her accusers what hurts most.
“What people say about me does not define who I am. That’s everybody’s opinion and that’s everybody’s right,” Davis said, who claims she has insult by being compared to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. “I’ve been called [a] hypocrite, I’ve been called a homophobe.”
But clerk Kim Davis says those type of insults do not bother her. What makes her upset is the idea “that my God does not love me or that my God is not happy with me, that I am a hypocrite of a Christian.”
What do you think?
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