Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Blames Governor for Legal Woes

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gay Friend Of Kim Davis: ‘She Made Us Feel Like Our Home Was Invaded By Strangers’.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, hauled to jail for defying a series of federal court orders and refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, filed a 40-page court document Thursday, blaming Kentucky governor Steve Beshear for all her legal woes. Morehead resident Dallas Black spoke with the The Daily Beast after the news outlet began searching for the gay friends Davis claimed she had during an interview with “Good Morning America.” Black says he’s known Davis his whole life and that the two became close after she assisted him with paperwork at the Rowan County clerk’s office following his mother’s death. The day the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in June, Beshear sent a letter to the state’s 120 county clerks directing them to issue licenses.

And she’ll remember wearing it as she walked out of the jailhouse to Eye of the Tiger, thrusting her arms in the air in a fog of ecclesiastical bliss, as dozens of people clapped their hands…for her. Davis on Thursday complained that in doing so he “commandeered” county clerk’s offices and “usurped control of Kentucky marriage law.” Davis stopped issuing licenses altogether. I really want to believe that the kind, sweet person who was there when my mom passed away is still there,” he said. “I was friends with Kim in the past, but I don’t know this woman I’ve been seeing.” Black said Davis’ decision to fight so hard against marriage licenses for gay couples was surprising to him and that he feels she’s taking it to an extreme.

Four couples sued Davis, elected clerk as a Democrat, and she filed a counter-suit against Beshear, also a Democrat, alleging that his refusal to exempt religious clerks from authorizing same-sex marriage violated her right to religious freedom. Black even had her home phone number. “Even after this all started, I went in a few days later and we spoke,” he said. “We talked about how each other were feeling, and how we’re gonna be friends even after all this.” “I really don’t know who Kim is at the moment. Indeed, given her public notoriety, if she asked far-right leaders for a paid position somewhere, Davis probably wouldn’t have much trouble landing another gig – one which her conscience would be comfortable with. Which is all to say, as long as people are paying attention, Kim Davis—the Kentucky clerk who won’t do her job but refuses to resign—isn’t going anywhere. “If I resign, I lose my voice. He says many LGBT Kentuckians choose the town as a home for its diverse and accepting environment. “This is kind of like a sanctuary for people who came to [Morehead State University].

Black said he tolerates Davis’s views—even members of his own family don’t support same-sex marriage—but turning the town into a “backwoods” laughingstock is really upsetting. Why should I have to quit a job that I love, that I’m good at?” Davis—an issuer of marriage licenses who is, I think we can all agree, very bad at her job—told Megyn Kelly. “It just comes back to, you know, they can accommodate for all sorts of other issues, and we ask for one simple accommodation and we cannot receive it,” said Davis, who has issues with gay people. “I mean, it just doesn’t seem right.” “So you have millions of Christians who object to this whole same-sex marriage issue,” Davis argues. “Are their rights invalid?

Shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling, she and a handful of other clerks asked the governor to call the legislature in for a special session to find a way to accommodate religious conviction. Davis’ argument is that she should continue to be paid to perform duties she refuses to do – to the point that she’s comfortable defying court rulings, her oath of office, and court orders.

She made us feel like our home was invaded by strangers, and she made us strangers to it.” Black says despite the controversy, he would be there for Davis if she came seeking support, as she was there for him in his time of need. That aside, Black says Davis wouldn’t be on his wedding guest list, as he’d like to keep it small and full of people who support same-sex marriage wholeheartedly. As for last night’s interview, Fox’s Megyn Kelly asked Davis, “You’re prepared to go back to jail if that’s what it takes?” The clerk replied, “Whatever the cost.”

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