Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FRC and Liberty Counsel are still pimping Kim Davis

Kim Davis and the Christians

Apparently Kim Davis, the embattled Kentucky country clerk, is still good for a dollar or two in donations to right wing hate groups. By now I thought that we would have “Kim Davis — The Book" with a foreword by Mat Staver. They are still probably searching for a ghostwriter. But I digress.

Monday night Tony Perkins held Family Research Council's Second Annual Address on the State of the Family. To add to the pretentiousness of this event, FRC sent out a press release: “Kim Davis to Attend Family Research Council's 'State of the Family' Address.” We were informed: “Texas Pastors, High School Principal, and University President also to Attend Monday Evening Address by Tony Perkins.” Perkins sent out a transcript Tuesday morning which reads, unremarkably, like an anti-gay sermon.

Not to be outdone, Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel, sent out a press release this morning: “Kim Davis at Obama's Final State of the Union Address.” I am reasonably sure that you won't find Ms. Davis in the First Lady's company this evening. Staver further informs us: “Kim Davis and Mat Staver will be seated in the House Chamber: Kim Davis in Gallery 3, Row D, Seat 49, and Mat Staver in Gallery 10, Row C, Seat 30.” Would even Fox zoom in on one of these people? According to Staver:
While the President will be extolling his “accomplishments” of the last seven years, Kim Davis and Mat Staver will be a visible reminder of the Administration's attack on religious liberty and an encouragement for people of faith to stand.
I suspect that history will not be kind to Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, an elected official. On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. Davis doesn't like same-sex marriage (in spite of the fact that she is on her fourth husband) so she decided that her office would “never” issue a marriage license to a gay couple. She would not issue the licenses and she would not permit deputy clerks to issue the licenses. Gay couples sued and a federal district court issued an injunction for Davis to do her job.

While refusing to comply (on the advice of her lawyers are Liberty Counsel, something for which they should have been sanctioned) Davis asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to stay the injunction pending appeal. In denying the stay, the Court wrote:
In light of the binding holding of Obergefell, it cannot be defensibly argued that the holder of the Rowan County Clerk’s office, apart from who personally occupies that office, may decline to act in conformity with the United States Constitution as interpreted by a dispositive holding of the United States Supreme Court. There is thus little or no likelihood that the Clerk in her official capacity will prevail on appeal.
So with no stay and the Court advising her in advance that her appeal is pointless, Davis continued to defy the district court. Finally Judge David Bunning sent her to the hoosegow and found a couple of deputy clerks without an objection. Satisfied that the gay couples received the required licenses Davis was released from jail as a Christian martyr. She was not and she is not.

It is worth noting that according to Davis, the issuance of licenses to same-sex marriage couples infringed on her rights under the United States and Kentucky Constitutions as well as the Kentucky Freedom Restoration Act. After the Sixth Circuit weighed in, the emphasis changed. Davis' problem was that her name was on the license. If only Kentucky would remove that, everything would be fine. That made even less sense. At the risk of repeating myself that is akin to the Secretary of the Treasury claiming that he was approving transactions with currency bearing his signature.

Davis hasn't really done anything expect to put her profound stupidity on display. While elected, she essentially inherited her position, one that had previously been held by her grandmother and mother. Next time around she might end up with a job cleaning rooms at the local Days Inn.

The new governor of Kentucky has removed the clerk's name from the license. However, her name remains on the marriage certificate. We will see what happens the next time a gay couple weds in the county.

Meanwhile, the appeal and the expense continue. Staver collects by fund raising off the issue. Everyone else pays. Sometime this summer Davis will lose. Staver will try to get the matter before the Supreme Court which seems unlikely. Even if they took the case, this does not put same-sex marriage on the docket. The only issue is whether or not Davis is obligated to issue the marriage licenses. It is all a colossal waste of time and money.

The gullibility of conservative Christians is breathtaking. It boggles the mind that they can make a hero of a hypocrite like Ms. Davis. Identifying as a Christian has become more important than being a Christian.

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