Kim Davis has gained nation notoriety for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Most people feel she should simply resign her elected position of Rowan Kentucky County clerk. To date, she has not done so and has said it is a Heaven or Hell decision.
Davis also is not allowing any of her employees to issue licenses, despite a Supreme Court ruling which allows same-sex couples to marry. She feels her version of God’s law trumps the Constitution. Apparently she doesn’t feel that a strict code regarding marriage applies to her. Davis has been married 4 times to 3 different men.
Davis has lived her whole life in Rowan County, a rural Appalachian region east of Lexington. Ninety-five percent of the county is white, according to census data, and nearly 30 percent live below the poverty line. Though most of the county’s inhabitants don’t claim religious affiliation, according to the Association of Religious Data Archives, those who do are mostly evangelical Christians.
The Apostolic Church, where Davis is a member, believes in “high moral boundaries,” according to University of Pennsylvania religious historian Anthea Butler. “No drinking or smoking, modest dress; many have prohibitions on cutting their hair.”
“They are literal interpreters of the Bible” and view it as the highest authority, Butler told the University of California Web site Religion Dispatches.
Davis, who dresses in long skirts and wears her waist-length hair down behind her back, is deeply involved in the church, according to legal documents. She attends weekly services and leads a Bible study for women at a local jail.
She wrote in her statement that she “went to church” to fulfill the dying wish of her mother-in-law.
“There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ,” she wrote. “I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God. I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage.”
The phrase “I am not perfect,” may be an oblique acknowledgement of a fact seized on by many of Davis’s critics: According to records obtained by The Washington Post, Davis has been married four times to three different men. She has had three divorces over the past 21 years.
I don’t recall Jesus ever addressing the issue of same-sex marriage in any bible I have ever read. Furthermore, the issue is now settled law. If Davis cannot, in good conscience, follow settled law, she needs to resign. She cannot be her own legal system. She falls under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
She is in defiance and should be jailed, in my opinion. She had every opportunity to resign. She chose not to do so. Her religious beliefs are her own. However, she cannot transfer those beliefs on to other people.
Kim Davis also needs to pluck the tree branch out of her own eye before casting judgement on anyone else.