Sex columnist and political commentator Dan Savage has expressed his opinion of the Kentucky County Clerk who is refusing to grant gay marriage licenses because she says it goes against her religious beliefs.
On Sept. 1, Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, defied the Supreme Court by again refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Opposing Views reported. She had filed a suit in federal court against having to perform this duty and when the court ruled against her, she asked the Supreme Court to hear her case — it refused.
But Davis is still refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples, stating she is acting “under the authority of God.”
Savage thinks Davis is a hypocrite given her marriage track record, Huffington Post reports.
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“She is a hypocrite,” Savage said. “This is a woman who's been divorced three times and married four times. ... Jesus Christ himself in Scripture condemns divorce, calls it adultery and forbids it.”
“ ... Jesus Christ in Scripture says not one word about same-sex marriage,” Savage added.
Davis is currently married to her fourth husband.
Savage wrote on his blog, "The Stranger," that he thinks Davis’ motive is money.
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“…This isn't about Kim Davis standing up for her supposed principles...it's about Kim Davis cashing in,” Savage wrote. “There's a big pile of sweet, sweet bigot money out there waiting for her. If the owners of a pizza parlor could rake in a million dollars just by threatening not to cater the gay wedding no one asked them to cater...just imagine how much of that sweet, sweet bigot money Kim Davis is going to rake in. I'm sure Kim Davis is already imagining it.”
Davis released the following statement after her refusal to obey the Supreme Court’s order:
“In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me...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.
"To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God’s Word.”
Protesters both for and against same-sex marriage have gathered outside of the Rowan County courthouse this week.
Davis has a contempt hearing scheduled for today.
At the contempt hearing, Judge David L. Bunning ordered Davis to be jailed for contempt, according to the NY Times.
Bunning, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, noted in his ruling that Davis "took an oath" and "oaths mean things."
"The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order," Bunning said. "If you give the people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that's what potentially causes problems."
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