ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and "God's authority."
"You can't be separated from something that's in your heart and in your soul," Davis told the judge as she explained how the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide conflicts with the vows she made when she became a born-again Christian.
"I promised to love Him with all my heart, mind and soul because I wanted to make heaven my home," Davis said.
The judge said she left him with no alternative but to jail her, since fines alone would not serve to change her mind. She was escorted out of his courtroom by a deputy, although not in handcuffs, to be turned over to the custody of federal marshals.
The judge also told all five of her deputy clerks that they are free to issue licenses to all applicants, and also face fines or jail if they refuse to comply. He gave them a chance to meet with lawyers before returning to his courtroom to reveal their decisions.
The lawyer for Davis, whose defense is funded by the Liberty Counsel, a religious freedom group, argued that the deputy clerks can only issue licenses under Davis' authority, but the judge overrulled this objection.
Hundreds of people chanted and screamed, "Love won! Love won!" as word of these decisions reached the crowds outside the federal courthouse.
Kim Davis testified about 20 minutes and was very emotional. She described how she became a Christian and said she is unable to believe anything else.
April Miller, one of the women trying to obtain a license, also testified. She said she voted for Kim Davis in the election and that this was only about getting her license, not about trying to change Davis' beliefs.
In front of the federal courthouse, demonstrators shouted at each other, sang hymns and waved signs, which ranged from the violent — turn to Jesus or burn — to simple statements of support. A small plane flew over the courthouse, carrying a banner that said: "Stand Firm Kim."
Davis stopped issuing licenses to all couples in June after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage. Despite rulings against her, she's turned away couples again and again.
The couples who originally sued in the case asked Bunning to punish Davis with fines but not jail time.
Davis, an Apostolic Christian, said earlier this week she never imagined this day would come.
"I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God's word," her statement said.
Her critics mock this moral stand, noting that Davis is on her fourth husband after being divorced three times.
Davis served as her mother's deputy in the clerk's office for 27 years before she was elected as a Democrat to succeed her mother in November. Davis' own son is on the staff.
As an elected official, she can be removed only if the Legislature impeaches her, which is unlikely in a deeply conservative state.
Judge Bunning is the son of Jim Bunning, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies who served two terms as Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator. Former Republican President George W. Bush nominated David Bunning for a lifetime position as a federal judge in 2001 when he was just 35 years old, halfway through his dad's first term in the Senate.
But Bunning has been anything but a sure thing for conservative causes. In 2007, he was part of a three-judge panel on a federal appeals court that overturned Michigan's ban on partial-birth abortion. The panel ruled the state's law was too broad and would outlaw other legal forms of abortion.
In 2003, Bunning ordered the Boyd County School District to allow the student club Gay-Straight Alliance to meet on campus.
Vicky said, “I believe it is perfectly appropriate and admirable for a citizen of the United States, who believes in what this country stands for and has the vision to understand that the corrupt laws about homosexuality actually represent great sin in God's eyes, to act according to their conscience and refuse to comply with the law.”
There’s nothing wrong with anyone acting according to their conscience and refusing to comply with the law. As long as it is not violating the civil rights of other citizens of the United States. There are homosexual citizen in the United States, their civil rights are protected under the law just as yours would be.
As much as I’ve protested the linking of homosexual rights the civil right movement, it clear that it is a civil right issue. Homosexual people are human being, and deserve the same civil rights as any other human being. Now as a Christian, I’m sure you see this.
They don't have a right to something they're not physically capable of doing. Since it is physically impossible for two people of the same gender to accomplish sexual union they therefore cannot be married - regardless of what anyone, and or everyone, might choose to call it.
Let's be reasonable here.
According to the First Amendment the government is not supposed to tread on people's religious freedoms. In fact there has been legislation that shows an employer is supposed to make reasonable accommodations for employees. A reasonable accommodation could have been made in this situation, and in all your examples. She was targeted by homosexuals as they found out about her religious beliefs and decided to take another stab against Judeo-Christianity that describes this as a grave offense against God, one that costs salvation. Of course, they would never do this to a Muslim employee, one because of the Liberal fawning over them, and their basic fear of them, because they are more violent than the homosexual lobby.
So, if you believe one group can completely remove another group's religious Liberty, you will be well primed for the Pope's visit who also wants to suspend anyone's ability to keep anything other than Sunday sacred.
So, if we are going to allow one lobby to remove the Bill of Rights for another, let's take it further on down the road. The homosexual lobby should have then been allowed to enter and search her home (4th Amendment), Seize her Firearms (Second Amendment), find anything that violated any portion of any obscure law in her home and then force her to testify against herself (5th Amendment). So, if you are going to eliminate one of the Bill of Rights for people due to people's choice to have butt sex, you might as well eliminate them all.
Some interesting thoughts from the other side.
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — As a defiant Kentucky clerk sat in jail Friday, choosing indefinite imprisonment over licensing gay marriages, her lawyers approached the microphones outside and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King.
Around the country, other supporters reached for Biblical heroes, comparing her to Silas and Daniel, imprisoned for their faith and rescued by God.
It's precisely the narrative gay rights advocates had hoped to avoid. But as Davis' mug shot rocketed around the Internet, it became clear that the gay rights movement must battle this idea that Christianity is under siege, said Kenneth Upton, senior counsel for Lambda Legal, a law firm specializing in LGBT issues.
"This is what the other side wants," Upton said, pointing to the image of Davis in handcuffs. "This is a Biblical story, to go to jail for your faith. We don't want to make her a martyr to the people who are like her, who want to paint themselves as victims."http://news.yahoo.com/gay-rights-advocates-jailed-kentucky-clerk-no-martyr-220454544.html
According to the gay manifesto, they (homosexual) should be painted or portrayed as the victim.
By "the gay manifesto" are you referring to the fake document that you posted purporting it to be real?
It's a real document being followed to the tee and Manuela knows this well.
The Prophet Daniel and his companions were civil servants as well, hope this remember to some of you guys who thinks that Kim Davis should resign instead of going to jail. They had a higher position than Kim Davis just to give some insight. However, when obstacles arouse to those Hebrew Men, they refused to comply with the laws of man and they faced the consequences rather than violate the laws of God.
Daniel and his companions wasn't using their office to deny others their rights.
It doesn't matter, the Government officials were denying of their religious rights.
In the case of Daniel, the government specifically implement a law to intentionally, and directly to attack his religious practices.
4 Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault… 5 Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
6 Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement[a] to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! 7 All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
This is hardly the case here. The law though controversial does not impede on one’s religious practice of worship. She is using her office as a government official to prevent what she sees as sinful by not issuing in her name as county clerk, preventing the lawful marriage of not just homosexual, but everyone else.
Kim Davis is not imposing religion on anyone, she is not telling gays to repent or try to convert them, she is refusing on her own terms not to comply which is endorsing immorality. that's the key issue, Gene. Issuing licences two same sex couples is against what the Bible teaches about marriage between a man and a woman which is part God's Law of Matrimony. Also scripture teaches that homosexuals will be thrown in the lake of fire. So thus being said, she has every right to refuse to issue a marriage licence since it violates her conscious beliefs and it violates the word of God. This goes hand to hand on what Daniel the Prophet did when he was in office. He refused on his own terms not to bow down to the king and gave his full worship to God.
Kim Davis, because she followed her convictions, is put in jail and not given bail. This is an unbelievable moment in American history, and I think it may wake people up because, who's next? -Mike Huckabee