Dan Savage: Someone tell Kim Davis that God is not her employer
Activist Dan Savage has taken aim at the adamantly anti-gay clerk from Kentucky who won’t stop discriminating against gays.
Invoking her biblical beliefs, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis continues to refuse to issue marriage licences to gay couples, despite a number of courts ordering her to do so.
In addition, protesters have pointed out that Davis has been married four times, and has given birth to children outside of wedlock.
Davis had appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that religious freedom means she doesn’t have to do her job – but this week the highest court in the US also refused to issue her a stay.
Speaking in an interview with MSNBC, Savage said: “[Davis is] being asked to administer the law. She’s not being asked to perform a sacrament. She is not a minister. She thinks she works for God there, in the county courthouse, when in fact she works for Caesar. And someone needs to acquaint her with that fact.”
He went on: “[Davis] said today…’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.’ This is a woman who has been divorced three times and married four times and I’m going to read this too: ‘She gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second husband.’ She’s now onto her fourth husband. Jesus Christ himself in scripture condemns divorce, calls it adultery and forbids it. Jesus Christ himself in scripture says not one word about same-sex marriage.”
Joe Davis, Kim’s husband, yesterday went to check on her as protesters remained on the steps of her courthouse after several days.
He said they had changed their phone number after continually receiving threats, but suggested they would not hesitate to bear arms.
“I’m an old redneck hillbilly, that’s all I’ve got to say,” Davis told the Associated Press. “Don’t come knocking on my door.”