Kim Davis has had enough of the Democratic Party. The longtime political leftist announced this week that she and her family are now Republicans, and cited her recent battles over same-sex marriages as the catalyst that pushed her to the conservative GOP. The Rowan County, Kentucky clerk – who polarized debates by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay men and women – said the Democratic Party no longer represents what Davis stands for, and refused to support her in her battle against the courts.
Writes The Associated Press, via Fox News: “Davis made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council’s Value Voters Summit, said Charla Bansley, a spokeswoman for Liberty Counsel, which represents Davis in her legal battles.”
“My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while and we came to the conclusion that the Democratic Party left us a long time ago, so why were we hanging on?” she said. “I’ve always been a Democrat, but the party left me.”
Davis, 50, would not be budged from her moral and religious platform regarding gay marriages, and was ordered to jail by a federal judge who found Davis in contempt. Davis had consistently rebuffed granting marriage licenses to homosexual and lesbian couples – despite the fact the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriages in late June.
The Apostolic, born-again Christian told U.S. District Judge David Bunning at the time: “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul,” she said, adding that the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage is anathema to her vows made to God. “I promised to love Him with all my heart, mind and soul,” Davis said, quoting the Scriptures, “because I wanted to make heaven my home.”
After serving five days in jail, Davis – who is an elected official and cannot simply be fired – was released and vowed to not interfere with her deputies, who had been ordered by Davis to stop issuing all marriage licenses.
“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,” Davis said in early September.
Although gay couples have now successfully obtained marriage licenses, Davis has found a loophole of sorts since returning to work on September 14; she has “altered” the form – removing her name and title and having it replaced with the phrase “pursuant to federal court order #15-CV-44 DLB.” Instead of Davis’ signature, the licenses list the city of Morehead, the county seat, rather than Rowan County.
Some say the altered licenses violate Judge Bunning’s order and question the validity of the certificate. Davis disagrees.
“I don’t think there should be much of an issue and the judge didn’t have any problem accepting the licenses that were issued when I was incarcerated, which had been altered, so I don’t see that there should be an issue,” she said, adding however that she is prepared to return to jail before she puts her name on any marriage license.
According to Reuters, Davis has “won support from some conservative Republicans, who say the issue is about religious freedom…Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz were among some 4,000 supporters who attended a rally with Kim Davis after her release.”
Leave your comments below: If you’re a Democrat, are you relieved? If you are a Republican, do you welcome Kim Davis? Do you care either way?