Kim Davis Pleads for ‘Accommodation,’ Will Not Stop Deputies from Issuing ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses

DavisMOREHEAD, Ky. — Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis returned to work on Monday after being jailed for six days for refusing to comply with a court order that she issue marriage licenses to homosexuals, noting that while any licenses provided by her deputy clerks are unauthorized and perhaps illegal, she will not stop them from being issued.

“I am here before you this morning as I return to work to say that I love my Lord Jesus, I love all people and I love my job,” she began. “I want to continue to serve all three as I have tried to do until now.”

Davis explained that she has been asking Kentucky officials for an accommodation for the past nine months.

“Since January of this year, I have asked Gov. Beshear, the Kentucky legislature–and more recently, Judge Bunning, for one simple thing: an accommodation for my religious beliefs regarding marriage that would allow me to serve the citizens of Rowan County without violating my conscience,” she said.

“My name or official title on the marriage certificate points to the same person—me, Kim Davis. To affix my name or authoritative title on a certificate that authorizes marriage that conflicts with God’s definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman violates my deeply held religious convictions and conscience,” Davis continued. “For me, this would be an act of disobedience to my God.”

She outlined that all she has been requesting is for her name to be removed from the licenses.

“While there are many accommodations available, the very simple accommodation I have proposed is to remove my name and my title as the clerk of Rowan County completely off the marriage license,” Davis stated. “These licenses could be issued under another authority including perhaps the Commonwealth of Kentucky or Gov. Beshear himself.”

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She said she would be willing to record the licenses as long as her name is not on them.

“If these needed to be recorded in the clerk’s office, like a vehicle registration, a lien or a judgment, that could be done. That doesn’t raise a conflict of conscience because we as clerks are not the authorizer of the license,” Davis explained.

“Because my pleas for a modest accommodation have been refused or not acted upon, I have been required to do that which my conscience forbids. As a result, I have spent six days in jail because I could not abandon my faith,” she said.

Davis stated that although her deputy clerks are issuing the licenses in her stead, her name is still on the documents, and so the effect is the same. And while she returns to work today, she remains torn over the matter as accommodations have not yet been made.

“I stand before you this morning with the seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans: my conscience or my freedom,” Davis said, then being moved to tears. “My conscience or my ability to serve the people that I love. Obey God, or a directive that forces me to disobey God, even when there are reasonable accommodations available.”

“I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post,” she continued. “I am no hero. I’m just a person that’s been transformed by the grace of God, who wants to work, be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbors quietly without violating my conscience.”

Davis stressed that any licenses issued by her deputy clerks are unauthorized as she has not granted them permission to do so, but said that she would not stop those under her authority from issuing the documents.

“Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me,” she said. “I love my deputy clerks, and I hate that they have been caught in the middle of any of this. If any of them feel that they must issue an authorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice, and I will take no action against them.”


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  • Nidalap

    That was all she wanted to begin with, an accommodation that would have been readily made under normal circumstances. The judge in this case decided to make an example of her instead and clapped her in irons.
    It’s good to see that he wisely decided to release her when a serious challenge was forthcoming. The fact that the judiciary has taken over the duties of another branch of government here is a bit troubling, but pretty much to be expected in this current political climate…

    • Angel Jabbins

      I just read a very good article that confirms and expounds upon what you just said. It is entitled ‘This Is Our Line in the Sand’

      http: //wisconsinchristiannews. com/view. php?sid=5768 (loose the spaces)

    • respectourdifferences

      “It’s good to see that he wisely decided to release her when a serious challenge was forthcoming.”

      What serious challenge are you referring to?

      “The fact that the judiciary has taken over the duties of another branch of government here is a bit troubling”

      What duties has the judiciary taken over?

      • BarkingDawg

        The judge released her because the plaintiffs had received the relief that they sought

        • respectourdifferences

          Agreed.

      • Lauren Bertrand

        “The fact that the judiciary has taken over the duties of another branch of government here is a bit troubling”

        Only if you don’t understand the role of the judiciary. The Supreme Court doesn’t just state its opinion for us to smile and nod and scribble something in our notepads. The justices have interpreted the law–thus it is an extension of the provisions of the Equal Protection clause, because that is what they have ruled…precisely what they are supposed to do. The judiciary is equal in authority to the executive and legislative branches–but obviously I don’t need to tell you that, since you learned that in third grade, right?

        • Harry Oh!

          Justice Antonin Scalia

          It is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact— and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention.

          Maybe you should defer your meaningless ‘opinions’ on how stuff works to an actual SCJ!

      • Harry Oh!

        🙂

    • BarkingDawg

      If that was what she wanted in the first place she should have filed her counter suit against the Governor in STATE COURT.

      The fact that she didn’t, or rather that her lawyers didn’t, just proves that that was never their real intention.

  • Mark Bouckaert

    She’s not the one performing the marriage or even participating in their marriage. She is authorizing a civil marriage not a marriage under God as it’s a legal framework more like a partnership. Good grief, your not that special.

    • Angel Jabbins

      Every marriage civil or those preformed in churches…doesn’t matter…all are ‘under God’ since He is over all. Gay ‘marriage’ is an abomination to Him and He is the only One who really matters in the end of all things. She does not want her name on the form…seems reasonable to me…just a mere accommodation. That is all it would take. Such an accommodation is being made for clerks in North Carolina and also in other states now. No big deal really except they wanted to make it one. She had been asking for this accommodation since January. They had plenty of time to act on this had they not wanted this to turn into a big ‘to-do’. They wanted it!

      • Mark Bouckaert

        Try again. A minister married me and my wife. Some law granted our partnership or union tax breaks and recourse through the law on proper financial settlements. It forces the legal system and compels the separating couple to come to an agreement over children or the law will do that for us.

        The minister witnessed my wife and I join as man and wife under God. Then we signed the legal paper…

    • Matthew T. Mason

      Why do you have a such a problem with her not wanting her name on SSM licenses?

      • respectourdifferences

        Perhaps because she took an oath to do perform her duties and is now refusing to do so while still expecting to get paid.

        • Matthew T. Mason

          How isn’t she performing her duties?

          • respectourdifferences

            Not issuing marriage licenses. Are you not following the story?

          • Matthew T. Mason

            Go away, troll. I wasn’t talking to you.

          • Jarle Tveitan

            He is a troll for telling you how Kim Davis is neglecting her duties?

          • respectourdifferences

            Actually, you were talking to me. The question you posted was to me in response to my post. Do try to keep up, dear.

          • Matthew T. Mason

            Actually, I am not. You are a moron.

          • respectourdifferences

            Matthew T. Mason respectourdifferences • 3 days ago
            How isn’t she performing her duties?

            Yes, you were.

          • Matthew T. Mason

            Who. Cares. You are a troll. Go away.

          • respectourdifferences

            Obviously you cared, as you bothered to point out, incorrectly, that you weren’t responding to me.

        • Lauren Bertrand

          She’s also imposing her religious beliefs on her staff by making them adhere to her own refusal to carry out the duties that she swore to perform.

  • Alfred Newman

    you’d think most any sane person should know that sexual perversion is against the natural order…
    and, if you read the Bible, there it is an “abomination” and a “shame”

    • Mark Bouckaert

      Leviticus is rules for the Israelite’s. Do you wear mix fabrics as well?

      • Alfred Newman

        the teaching from the Spirit throughout the whole Bible is against such shameful perversion; repent!

  • Dave_L

    Are Christians sinning when working for the State? Primarily in roles that require swearing by an oath? And being unequally yoked to unbelievers?

    By Law the State rules out religion (faith) requiring neutrality in all of its doings. They are by law unbelievers.

    Paul tells us not to be unequally yoked to unbelievers;

    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” (2 Corinthians 6:14–15)

    The State by law remains carnal (secular) minded. Paul says the carnal mind is hostile towards God. How can we remain “spiritually minded” and perform under the control of the carnally minded?

    “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:7–8)

    James following Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount tells us never to take an oath;

    “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.” (James 5:12)

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36)

    • Names_Stan

      My best effort here would be that your suggestion is a level of being “apart from the world” that is difficult in the modern world.

      We know that the New Testament church that formed initially in Acts found communism to be the best model, and dishonesty within the model brought penalty of death by God.

      Even so, the church obviously walked away from this model early on. It simply wasn’t sustainable in large groups. (Incidentally, this is the same lesson we’ve learned about large scale communism in the 20th century.

      Some things in the bible worked great inside a sect of a few hundred, even a few thousand. But trying to live under a certain level of legalism in a capitalistic world is largely untenable.

      I believe a principle of avoiding government employment is a good example of an untenable principle. (On a large scale…certainly any individual is free to practice any level of legalism they choose.)

    • BarkingDawg

      I think that you have hit on an excellent point. All Christians in government whether they are elected officials, or civil servants should immediately resign their positions.

  • respectourdifferences

    See how easy that was. Unfortunate that it took a little time in jail for her to realize that it was unreasonable for her to force her deputy chiefs to operate according to her religious beliefs.

    “noting that while any licenses provided by her deputy clerks are unauthorized and perhaps illegal”

    How sweet that she was concerned about that. Fortunately, both the governor and the state AG have said that the licenses being issued by the deputy clerks are valid.

    “As a result, I have spent six days in jail because I could not abandon my faith,”

    She was free to resign.

    “I stand before you this morning with the seemingly impossible choice that I do not wish on any of my fellow Americans: my conscience or my freedom,”

    Spare us the histrionics, Kim. She was free to resign. So, no, her choices were not limited to “my conscience or my freedom”.

    “I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post,”

    Since she had the choice to resign, but did not, her statement is false.

    “I am no hero.”

    Agreed.

    “who wants to work, be with my family.”

    Then she should resign and get a job where she can do that.

    “I love my deputy clerks, and I hate that they have been caught in the middle of any of this.”

    Apparently she doesn’t love them enough, nor hate enough that they have been caught in the middle of this, to resign.

    “I understand their tough choice, and I will take no action against them.”

    How nice that she is not going to punish them for not adhering to her religious beliefs. What a gal!

  • FoJC_Forever

    The majority of government bodies in the USA do not care about God, nor honor Him in any real way. Many are religious, but it’s a religion of their own making. If the majority of the people in the USA cared about God, His Word, His Will, and true goodness in general, then abortion would be illegal across the board. The embracing of this one Sin is the ultimate defining choice of America – the choice to murder babies, to shed innocent blood at will.

    Homosexual “marriage” is simply the next step in the debasing of Marriage in America and the world. No-fault divorce was accepted because people exalted their own pleasures and will above the Will of God. The government started regulating “marriage” because society had strayed from Christianity being about knowing and obeying God to serving a natural, human government and the politicians that run it.

    The only Marriages that matter are the ones recognized by God. All others are living in fornication or adultery.