Does Crazy Kentucky Clerk Want To Go To Jail For Jesus?
By now, you’ve probably all seen the video of Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who is still refusing to give out marriage licenses to gay couples. Citing the word of the Lord, Davis has been very confident in her decision to defy the Supreme Court, which invalidated Davis’s emergency appeal on the grounds of religion. Even though Davis herself has been married four times, she’s sticking to her homophobic guns. Now the Kentucky branch of the ACLU is looking to hold the clerk in contempt of court for her refusal.
“There was a lot of people that died for that right and I think we should be able to exercise it,” Davis told CNN. However, it seems she has forgotten about the Stonewall Riots, where many queer people were hospitalized, or even the thousands of LGBT people that have violence enacted upon them each year. Interestingly enough, Dan Savage talked to MSNBC about his theories on Davis’ plan of action, saying “I predicted from the beginning that she would defy all the court orders, defy the Supreme Court, she would ultimately be held in contempt of court, lose her job, perhaps go to prison for a short amount of time. And then she will have written for her, ghost-written books. She will go on the right-wing lecture circuit and she’ll never have to do an honest day’s work ever again in her life.”
This doesn’t seem so crazy to us. Many religious extremists can position themselves as martyrs for a cause. Wackos will always have fans. People will always keep joining hateful churches and groups- it’s not like ISIS is slowing down. Even murderers like Scott Roeder, the killer of Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, had a number of supporters during his trial in 2010. They set up a very creepy website with the purpose of getting his verdict overturned – we won’t link to it, but it’s googleable.
Davis isn’t a murderer. But, as a search on the hashtag #KimDavis will tell you, most people – us included– find her actions reprehensible and hypocritical. You know you’re crazy when even Justice Scalia tells you to chill out. But that same search also reveals people that agree with her. Could Kim Davis become an anti-gay icon, a hateful hero? We hope not. But she just might.
If #KimDavis was refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses while wearing a burka we wouldn’t even be talking about her.
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