In Kentucky, They Really Believe in Marriage

In Kentucky, They Really Believe In Marriage

Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Jean Bailey Davis believes in marriage so much, she’s had four of them. She’s making news right now for denying same-sex couples the right to civil marriage, a violation of the U.S. Constitution she swore to uphold. Apparently God told Ms. Davis that it’s okay to violate her oath to Him as well as the 14th Amendment.

For Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk’s office must seem like the family business, since her Mom held it for 37 years. Like her daughter, she also swore not to “commit any malfeasance of office” and to “faithfully execute the duties of my office without favor, affection or partiality, so help me God.” The Deity will no doubt settle with Kim Davis later, but Federal District Court judge David L. Bunning will decide if she’ll be held in contempt of court.

As County Clerk, Ms. Davis is paid $80,000 a year to do her job; annual per capita income in Rowan County is $17,094. Unemployment is 6.3%, so there’s room for one more.

More:

“Kim Davis’ Hearing For Contempt Of Court Has Been Scheduled. Here’s How It Could Play Out.” Ian Millhauser, Think Progress

“Justice Scalia explained why Kim Davis should issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or find a new job,” Jonathan H. Adler, Washington Post

‘Why the heck does that Kentucky clerk who won’t marry gays still have her job? Adam Pasick, Quartz

“Kim Davis, Kentucky Clerk Blocking Gay Marriages, Has Had Her Own Marital Strife,” Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News

“God’s clerk,” John E. McIntyre, Baltimore Sun

Updates:

“Kentucky clerk jailed for denying same-sex marriage licenses,” Steve Bittenbender, Reuters

“Kim Davis Jailed for Contempt in Kentucky Gay Marriage Dispute,” Alan Blinder, New York Times

“Kentucky clerk ordered to jail for refusing to issue gay marriage license,” James Higdon and Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post

“Report: Every Deputy Clerk But Kim Davis’ Son Agree To Issue Licenses,” Katherine Krueger, TPM Livewire

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