Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who became a KKK-hristian martyr figure to the religious right after refusing to validate gay marriage licenses, has lost her bid for re-election.
Davis spent five days in jail for refusing to issues gay marriage licenses to couples in Kentucky in 2015 after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was a Constitutional right and became the anti-gay hate group the Liberty Counsel’s pin-up bigot.
Davis received about 3,566 votes while her opponent, Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr., won 4,210 for Rowan County clerk, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Much of the attention to Caudill’s campaign focused around his primary opponent David Ermold, a gay man who was denied a marriage license by Kim Davis in 2015.
The Kentucky county clerk who drew worldwide attention for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples two years ago will run for re-election next year, her attorney said on Tuesday.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will run to retain her seat in 2018 despite suggestions from some people that she run for a higher local or statewide political position, said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel.
Davis’ case in 2015 drew hundreds of protesters and supporters to her office in Morehead, in rural eastern Kentucky. While she was in jail, then-Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz visited her.
Less than a month after she was released from jail, Davis, who won election to the office in 2014 as a Democrat, changed her affiliation to the Republican Party. – via Reuters
Mat Staver, of the anti-gay hate group and Christian Nationalist law firm the Liberty Counsel, which represented Davis during Davis’ blatant disregard of the law in the name of “Jeebus”confirmed Tuesday that she will seek a second term. He said Davis was unavailable for comment because of a medical procedure.
Kim Davis, and the “religious” anti-LGBT legal group the Liberty Counsel have been found in violation of the Open Records Act, according to Kentucky state’s attorney general office.
The opinion found that Davis, the Rowan County clerk, and her counsel improperly refused to turn over public records requested in March by the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability, reported the Courier-Journal.
The Liberty Counsel rejected the records requests as improper for a variety of reasons, such as attorney-client privilege and legal exceptions from preliminary documents.
The nonprofit legal activist group also refused to turn over those documents to the attorney general’s office for review.
“An agency cannot benefit from intentionally frustrating the attorney general’s review of an open records request,” said Assistant Attorney General Matt Jones. “Such result would subvert the General Assembly’s intent behind providing review by the attorney general.”
Mat Staver, the founder and chairman of the of the anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel, said he never had a problem providing the contents of the documents, but he wanted to make sure no information was revealed that was protected by attorney-client privilege.
Staver has said that he didn’t expect to file an appeal and said he would turn over the contested documents.
Anne Weismann, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability, praised the attorney general’s findings and said her group had requested the records to learn more about the elected clerk’s relationship with the anti-LGBT activist group.
“I think the Attorney General was right to call them on completely flouting the law,” Weisman said.
Davis and Liberty Counsel could be required under the Open Records Act to pay attorney fees for the Campaign for Accountability, as well as up to $25 a day for each day for the four months that they denied access to the documents.
Kentucky lawmakers want to create two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples, in a move critics say harks back to the “separate but equal” days of the civil rights movement.
One marriage license form would note the “bride” and “groom” and the other form would note “first party” and “second party.” Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Stephen West of Paris said couples, both gay and straight, could use either form.
The bill also removes the name of the county clerk who issued the license and would require couples to note their gender, no matter what form they chose, SUPPOSSEDLY for the benefit of “historians and genealogists”
The proposal cleared a Senate committee Wednesday with bipartisan support.
Chris Hartman, executive director of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, said he is concerned the bill would offer disparate treatment of gay couples.
“Separate has seldom been equal,” he said.
One solution, offered by Democratic state Sen. Morgan McGarvey of Louisville, was to have one form with a box next to a person’s name to check “bride,” ”groom” or “spouse.”
West’s bill now heads to the Senate floor. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said the House would likely pass its own version, meaning the proposal’s final approval might happen in April.
In compiling this years 2015 Worst/Least Influential People of 2015 list. GQ Magazine writer Drew Magary has named has named Kim Davis the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who under the anti-gay hate group the Liberty Counsel and “”Gods authority” defied a U.S. Federal Court under order requiring that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.
1. Kim Davis
The very first “political prisoner” of the antigay, meth-addled, paranoid micro-bloc of the American electorate. Thanks to Davis, I now know that my own country is pathologically immune to social progress and will put aside EVERYTHING—building bridges, educating children, fixing roads—to keep the gays from gaying more stuff up.
Also making this years list were British prime minister David Cameron (for an unspeakable act with a pig), Jeb Bush (no explanation needed), Bill Cosby (ditto), and interestingly Hillary Clinton.
Anti-gay Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is having a very bad week. First the rabidly crazy Westboro Baptist Church picketed her fat ass earlier this week in Kentucky for being a “fake Christian and adulterer” and breaking the law, And now the squeaky clean anti-gay Mormon Church has publicly denounced her.
Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, cannot use her Christian faith as a justification for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gays, a high-ranking Mormon authority said Tuesday. Public officials “are not free to apply personal convictions — religious or other — in place of the defined responsibilities of their public offices,” LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks said in a speech in Sacramento, Calif. “A county clerk’s recent invoking of religious reasons to justify refusal by her office and staff to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples violates this principle.”
“First, parties with different views on the relationship between church and state should advocate and act with civility,” Oaks said. “We all lose when an atmosphere of anger or hostility or contention prevails. We all lose when we cannot debate public policies without resorting to boycotts, firings and intimidation of our adversaries.” Next, he said, compromise should be the goal. “On the big issues that divide adversaries on these issues, both sides should seek a balance, not a total victory,” Oaks advised. “For example, religionists should not seek a veto over all nondiscrimination laws that offend their religion, and the proponents of nondiscrimination should not seek a veto over all assertions of religious freedom.
A message from the Morom Church who brough us Prop 8 and has lost over a million followers due to its past stand on lesbians and gays.
Shirley Phelps-Roper and the infamous Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket anti-gay “christian” county clerk Kim Davis at the Rowan County Courthouse in Kentucky on Monday @ 8:30 am.
From WBC’s statement:
As it happened, the Supreme Court of the United States, fulfilling their destiny, made same-sex marriage the law of the land. The duty of all mankind is to OBEY the laws of God and the laws of man. Enter, Kim Davis. Rowan County Kentucky Clerk, with high-dollar salary and digs, she acquired, ONLY after she took an oath to uphold and defend the constitution and the laws. Kim claims that she has lived in proud sin for many years, divorcing and remarrying, not one time or two times, in fact you need a score card to keep track. Her lawyers, being smooth talking fellows say that all that was before her call to salvation two years ago when her current mother-in-law died….These matters are not hard and unclear. That man that Kim Davis is living with and calling her husband, IS NOT! Her husband is Dwain Wallace, who she married when she was 18-years-old. It does not matter how many years you pile on, it was adultery at the beginning and it was adultery in the middle and it is indeed adultery today!
So here we have crazy as a loon “Christian” Shirley Phelps-Roper who has a bastard child out of wedlock with WBC calling out a quadro-married/thrice-divorced/mother-of-an-illegitimate-child/ crazy as a loon “Christian” Kim Davis a sinner …. this is just too delicious.
You know you’ve taken a turn for the surreal when the Westborough Baptist Church becomes the voice of reason.
Kentucky continues its march into history as the most backward hateful state today as ‘Pastor” Randy Smith of the Family Federation of Kentucky will attempt to meet with Governor Steve Beshear to DEMAND that Kentucky serial adulterer, dog-napper, and anti-gay KKK-ristian county clerk Kim Davis and other god fearing public servant bigots be given reasonable accommodation to deny service to gay and lesbian Americans because its against their warped view of religion.
While Smith has bragged that he has a 10:00 am meeting with Beshear today. The Governor’s office on the other hand denies that such a meeting exists.
Beshear has refused to call a special session of the Kentucky legislation to discuss any “Religious Liberty” exemption and has demanded that Kentucky’s public servants to their job.
*UPDATE: Smith and his lemmings followers did not get to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear, but spoke instead with the governor’s chief of staff, Larry Bond.
Smith, said he was not pleased with the response.
“It’s the same rhetoric,” he said. “It’s the same thing we’ve heard.”
Along with Smith five pastors and one deacon from churches in Eastern Kentucky. Smith said 10 to 12 pastors also are forming an alliance to help shape legislation in Kentucky going forward.
In a poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research 47 percent of Kentucky voters believe that county clerks should not get special exemptions while 42 percent say they should. Another 11 percent were not sure.
Now remind me again. WHICH group it is exactly asking for “Special Rights?
The Vatican confirmed on Wednesday that religious extremist anti-gay bigot Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis met with Pope Francis in secret last Thursday during his U.S. visit.
“I never thought I would meet the pope,” she said. “Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a county clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him. Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring and very personable.”
Pope Francis was also two-faced, sneaky, and is now proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be anti-gay.
The Vatican specifically reached out to Davis through and contacted Mat Staver the head of the anti-gay hate group the Liberty Counsel which is representing Davis. And after setting up the secretl meeting and asked Staver and Davis to wait until the Pope left America to make any announcement of the meeting.
And despite all this offensiveness some Catholics are still trying to explain away the Pope’s hateful meeting.
Some are going as far as saying that the Pope himself was “set-up” by anti-gay Cardinals and Bishops in the Vatican. And others like Alberto Melloni, a liberal Vatican historian in Italy, are grasping at straws sating that in meeting with Ms. Davis, Francis was staking out ground as a defender of conscientious objection more than seeking to escalate his relatively muted opposition to same-sex marriage.
And well HRC is as lame as ever.
“We will continue to push to meet with the pope,” said Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, head of Latino and Catholic initiatives at Human Rights Campaign, which works for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. “We are part and parcel of the church and we’re not going anywhere.”
And that is the problem and part of the problem You are not going anywhere.
Why in the world would any gay or lesbian individual stay a member of the Catholic Church and why do they crave the approval of of a religion that has hated homosexuals for thousands of years and refuses to change it dogma?
Perhaps if those who are truly offended by the actions of the Pope and the Catholic church actually left the religion it would force them to change .
Lesbian and Gay Catholics come to your senses. The church will not change. And now with the Pope showing his true colors its time for you to leave the Catholic church and find a more supportive and loving religion.
Its at the point that there is little difference between a Gay Catholic and a Gay Republic. They are both rich pompous anti-gay groups that would burn gays and lesbians at the stake (again) if given half the chance.
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council introduced Kim Davis at the Values Voter Summit this evening, where the Kentucky county clerk received the Cost of Discipleship Award for prohibiting her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in repeated violation of court orders. “These are times in history that are unlike anything that we had before,” Staver declared. “God birthed Kim Davis, and Joe Davis, and each one of you for this moment in American and world history … [God is] looking for people who love Jesus Christ and who will stand for Him, who will not flinch when their time is called and that person is Kim Davis and Joe Davis. May God raise up more.”
Perkins echoed that sentiment, proclaiming that it is time for Christians who hold public office “to resist the edicts of unelected and virtually unaccountable rulers who issue unjust edicts that conflict with the truth of God.” “Kim Davis should not be an outlier,” Perkins said. “Kim Davis should not be something that surprises America. There should be Kim Davises in every elected office, at every level ,who say ‘No’ to judges who redefine the revealed truth of God.”
Davis’ short acceptance speech which was most probably written by Staver’s Liberty Counsel group closed with this: “I am only one, but we are many.”