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Clerk who can’t stop being anti-gay: ‘Prepared to go to jail’

Joseph McCormick September 3, 2015
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Former Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Ty Wright/Getty)

A county clerk who just can’t bring herself to allow gay couples to tie the knot has said she is “prepared to go to jail”.

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.

She was previously caught on camera refusing to provide a same-sex couple with a marriage license, and has continued to refuse to marry gay couples – despite a federal court ordering her to.

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 to Fox News, she said: “I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am. This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me. This is about upholding the word of God. This is a heaven or hell issue for me and for every other Christian that believes. This is a fight worth fighting.”

She went on: “They told my husband they were going to burn us down while we slept in our home… He’s been told that he would be beaten up and tied up and made to watch them rape me. I have been told that gays should kill me.”

Joe Davis, Kim’s husband, earlier this week 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.”

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