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Anti-LGBTI groups are treated like ‘Jews in Nazi Germany’, says Kim Davis’ lawyer

Meka Beresford September 2, 2017
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Staver is the founder of Liberty Counsel, which has been deemed an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Talking on VCY America’s “Crosstalk”, Staver spoke about being deemed a hate group.

Kim Davis spent several days in prison for refusing to comply with court orders

Kim Davis’ lawyer, Mat Staver, has compared the treatment of anti-LGBT religious groups to the treatment of Jewish people in Nazi Germany.

The lawyer claimed that they were being persecuted by the SPLC because of the classification.

Liberty Counsel insists that it is not discriminatory towards the LGBT community, but is working for “religious liberty”.

He drew comparisons between being deemed a hate group and the treatment of Jews by Nazis.

He said: “You know, if you go back into the 1930s, what ultimately happened back then with the Jews — and history, you know, there’s other histories you can point to — but they began to ultimately ban Jews from public employment, then ban Jews from their private employment, then put a Star of David on their ID and a Star of David on their passport, restrict their travel, restrict their income opportunity.
“Eventually you know what happened.”

Staver previously said a similar thing while talking about Kim Davis.

Following the lawsuit which was footed by tax payers, Staver said that his client had been treated like a Jewish person in the Holocaust.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis became entangled in the lawsuit after she famously refused to issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015, after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in all 50 states.

Four couples (two same-sex ones and two straight ones) sued Davis over her actions, with help from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

The case gained national attention when Davis was jailed for several days for contempt of court, after refusing to comply with repeated court orders.

However, the unclear resolution led to a dispute over who would have to pay the ACLU’s $230,000 in legal costs.

Though Davis was the clerk for Rowan County, the judge ruled that the state of Kentucky should be liable for the cost over the County, as the authority to issue marriage licenses was derived from the state.

The ruling leaves Kentucky taxpayers on the hook for the full $222,695 in costs.

Related topics: kim davis, LGBT, mat staver, US

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