Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed on Sept. 3 for contempt of court by Federal Judge David Bunning in Ashland, Kentucky. Davis refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses earlier this week, again, in violation of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, noted ABC News (video below).
Davis will remain in jail until she agrees to issue same-sex marriage licenses, reports The New York Times. Davis could also resign from her position if she chose to.
“The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order,” Bunning stated on Sept. 3. “If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”
Davis told Fox News before the hearing that she was willing to go to jail based on her religious beliefs against gay marriage.
“I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am,” Davis said. “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,” Davis added. “This is a fight worth fighting.”
Davis did not cite any scripture regarding marriage licenses, but added: "I’m very steadfast in what I believe. I don’t leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I’m not. It’s easy to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?"
News reports have indicated that Davis has been married four times, which Davis responded to: "All I can say to them is if they have a sordid past like what I had, they too can receive the cleansing and renewing, and they can start a fresh life and they can be different. They don’t have to remain in their sin, there’s hope for tomorrow."
She told Fox News, “I would have to either make a decision to stand or I would have to buckle down and leave. And if I left, resigned or chose to retire, I would have no voice for God’s word."
If she were not a clerk, Davis would have the same First Amendment rights she now enjoys to speak her mind on religious matters.
Davis added that she and her husband have received threats. "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."
Davis didn't say if she and her husband had contacted the police regarding the threats.
Davis also claimed she was a "vessel God has chosen for this time and this place," and added, “I’m no different than any other Christian. It was my appointed time to stand, and their time will come.”