Thousands Rally in Support of Christian Clerks Who Refuse to Issue ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses

DavisFRANKFORT, Ky. — Thousands rallied on Saturday in support of three Kentucky clerks who are fighting for their religious rights not to violate their Christian convictions by issuing “marriage” licenses to homosexuals.

The Family Foundation of Kentucky organized the event, which included prayers, hymns and speeches by various state leaders and political candidates. Executive Director Kent Ostrander told the Lexington Herald Leader that the purpose of the rally was to support the First Amendment rights of clerks in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring that states must legalize same-sex nuptials.

Since the ruling, three clerks in Kentucky have declined to personally issue the licenses due to their Christian identity: Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kay Schwartz of Whitley County and Casey Davis of Casey County.

As previously reported, Davis was the subject of a federal suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of two homosexuals and their partners, and well as two opposite-sex couples, after she declined to issue any marriage licenses of any kind—homosexual or heterosexual—following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

But Davis also sued Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, after he declared in a letter that all county clerks must issue licenses to homosexuals despite their Christianity—separating one’s beliefs from their free exercise of religion.

“Neither your oath nor the Supreme Court dictates what you must believe. But as elected officials, they do prescribe how we must act,” he wrote.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled in the ACLU case, making similar statements as Beshear—that Davis may have the free exercise of religion in her private life, but cannot live out her convictions while serving as clerk.

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While on the job, Bunning limited Davis’ Christianity to head knowledge about homosexuality as opposed to a whole-life identity that excludes her from being a facilitator of other men’s sins. (1 Timothy 5:22)

“Davis remains free to practice her Apostolic Christian beliefs,” he wrote. “She may continue to attend church twice a week, participate in Bible study and minister to female inmates at the Rowan County jail. She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County clerk.”

Davis is currently appealing the ruling and refuses to issue licenses in the interim.

On Saturday, thousands applauded for the clerk as she approached the microphone to speak.

“God bless you ma’am!” one attendee called out from the crowd.

“I am totally overwhelmed by this show of support,” Davis told those gathered. “Let’s give praise to God almighty. He is my strength. He is my comfort. He gives me a peace in my soul that no one can take from me. He gives me a joy in my heart that can’t nobody have. I can give it away, but nobody can take that from me.”

The crowd began to cheer as she repeatedly declared, “He’s worthy!”

“I love each and every one of you,” Davis continued. “I need your prayers. We all need your prayers. Just continue to stand firm in what we believe. God is alive and He’s on the throne!”

Others who spoke included Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington.

“There are alternative ways to accommodate the religious conviction of Kim Davis and that is what we are asking the Court of Appeals to consider,” Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, which is representing Davis in court, said in a statement on Monday. “Davis did not abandon her constitutional rights of conscience and free exercise of religion when she took office.”

“The laws of the United States and Kentucky she swore to uphold include the laws that protect those very rights of conscience for all individuals, including clerks,” he continued. “The U.S. and Kentucky Constitutions, and particularly Kentucky’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, require the accommodation of public officials’ sincerely held religious beliefs.”

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  • OldBut YoungMoney

    Praise God.

  • Jeffery Kinkead

    God’s word will stand forever!

    • tony gooden

      Amen !!! This is MORE proof of our God.

    • Noidios

      4000 gods have already fallen out of favor in this world. Why on earth would you think that your imaginary friend is any different.

  • The Last Trump

    “Reports state that the translation of the text on the scroll did not differ from the Book of Leviticus found in Bibles today.”
    As usual. Defying the laws of probabilities and baffling skeptics the world over.
    This is where atheists normally like to change the subject. Go figure.

    • Oboehner

      But evolutionism is fact, they teach it in science class…

      • May San

        evolutionism is a theory not fact. Science constantly changes.

        • Oboehner

          It’s being taught as fact, billions or millions of years is touted in everything from the weather to beer commercials with no disclaimer.

          • The_Random_Sample

            Evolution and deep time are two separate concepts. Of course, I’m not surprised you don’t know the difference. Also, a scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method and repeatedly tested and confirmed through observation and experimentation.

        • Gehennah

          A scientific theory is supported and built upon the facts.

    • Names_Stan

      The atheists I know are very well versed in biblical, Nag Hammadi, and Dead Sea Scroll scholarship. But certainly there are uneducated atheists, and educated atheists that just don’t care.

      As to the quote you picked out, a biblical scholar, Christian or “skeptic”, doesn’t study the “translation”. They study the text. Translations are simply the best effort to express the text in the language of the reader.

      See, translations can be debated, but not by a historian or archaeologist. Because the translation here would only have been written once the machines revealed the text. Whether it is exactly like another one or a little different says nothing positive or negative about scripture.

      Differences in manuscripts or parchments like this don’t say anything positive or negative about scripture either, in my opinion. But if you thought this quote said the actual manuscripts are exact with all others, that’s false.

      I can give you plenty of sources for that, but even the most conservative fundamentalist professors don’t claim all texts are identical. Everyone knows they simply aren’t.

      As to this find, we are closer to the time of Columbus “discovering” America than this parchment is to the time of Jesus. It’s a great find, but there’s simply nothing here to be haughty about.

      • Patrick Madigan

        Pride is a sin. Certainly no one should be haughty. We are commanded to show mercy and walk humbly before G-d.

  • Roy Phl

    I love Father Almighty, I love Jesus Christ, I love Holy Spirit… Im proud to say that …

    • The_Random_Sample

      Good for you. Of course, it has nothing to do with this article…

      • Roy Phl

        do me a favor, Just shut your mouth and get out of here..,

  • knight

    Hope they find heaps more to squash anything Muslim.

    • The_Random_Sample

      Ah, so you oppose religious freedom. Good to know.

  • Tiny Price

    you mean more proof of yah the most high yes there is. these are the first writings in it the name of god is yah his true name. Ancient greeks and romans used the word god to worship their deities

  • knight

    I am sure more and more will be revealed of the Truth, as Muslims try to destroy history.

  • The_Random_Sample

    In Garcetti
    v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006), the Supreme Court stated that “when
    public employees make statements pursuant to their official duties, the
    employees are not speaking as citizens for First Amendment purposes, and the
    Constitution does not insulate their communications…”