Kim Davis: I have gay friends, but I won’t let them marry either
Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who continues to block gay couples from marrying, claims she is not homophobic – but doesn’t think gay people deserve to be treated with dignity.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was briefly jailed for contempt of court after she ignored direct orders from a court, by continuing to refusing to let gay couples marry.
She has since become a darling of radical right-wingers – with Republican Presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee both scrambling to be seen at her side.
Davis has been married four times, but claims God doesn’t want gays to marry.
However, in an interview with ABC, Davis seemed to believe that she was the victim – and not the innocent gay couples she had discriminated against.
The four-times-married, three-times divorced clerk told ABC: “I have friends who are gay and lesbian, but I can’t put my name on a license that doesn’t reflect what God ordained marriage to be.”
However, when put to her that same-sex couples feel like getting married is a fundamental part of being treated with dignity, Davis insisted that they don’t have a constitutional right to dignity.
She said: “I don’t think dignity is guaranteed in the Constitution. I think dignity is something that you find within yourself.
“I feel really sad (that) someone could be so unhappy with themselves as a person that they did not feel dignified as a human being until they got a piece of paper.
“I mean, there’s just so much more to life than that.”
Davis is building up quite a collection of pieces of paper – it must be hard storing four marriage certificates and three divorce certificates…
Crying, she sobbed: “What people say about me doesn’t define who I am. That’s everybody’s opinion, that’s everybody’s right…
“I’ve been called Hitler, I’ve been called a hypocrite, I’ve been called a homophobe… I’ve been called things and names that I didn’t even know.
“Those names don’t hurt me. What probably hurt me the worst is when someone tells me that my God does not love me or that my God is not happy with me, that I am a hypocrite of a Christian.”
Despite claiming she is just a persecuted Christian, Davis is represented by extremist lawyer Mat Staver – who is affiliated with a number of listed anti-LGBT hate groups.
Staver was condemned by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League earlier this month for comparing his client to Jews in the gas chamber.