Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed last week for breaking the law by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, has magically turned into some sort of martyr for whom, many people may refer to as the Bible-thumping crowd.
The 49-year-old woman whose defiant stand against gay marriage blatantly contradicts her four-marriage, adulterous past, was greeted earlier today (September 8) outside the jailhouse to already failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, hundreds of screaming fans and the theme song to Rocky.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis walked out of a Kentucky detention center to massive applause Tuesday after spending five days behind bars for defying a federal order that she issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But her attorney said that Davis would continue to abide by her conscience, which cannot condone same-sex nuptials, and that all licenses issued since her incarceration were not valid.
The defiant stand seems likely to land Davis right back in jail, from where she emerged Tuesday afternoon alongside her attorney, Mat Staver, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who was hosting a rally in her honor. Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, told reporters outside the detention center he’d be willing to go to jail in her place should a federal judge find she’s violated the conditions of her release.
“We cannot criminalize the Christian faith or anybody’s faith in this country,” Huckabee said.
Davis later addressed the crowd herself, walking up to the stage in tears as Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” played on loudspeakers. Huckabee and Staver stood on either side of her, victoriously holding her hands up in the air.
“I just want to give God the glory,” Davis said. “We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and everyone stands. Keep pressing, don’t let down because he is here. He is worthy.”
Earlier Tuesday, U.S. District Judge David Bunning – the same judge responsible for putting Davis behind bars – authorized her release pending her office’s continued compliance with an August order that she issue marriage licenses to all eligible applicants. Davis had stopped granting marriage licenses to both gay and straight couples since the U.S. Supreme Court decided in June to make marriage equality the law of the land.
Since plaintiffs in the case have been able to receive marriage licenses from Davis’ deputies, Bunning said he was satisfied the clerk’s office was complying with his order to issue the licenses.
“On September 8, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a Status Report at the Court’s behest,” Bunning wrote in his order Tuesday. “According to the Report, Plaintiffs have obtained marriage licenses from the Rowan County Clerk’s Office. The Court is therefore satisfied that the Rowan County Clerk’s Office is fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples, consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Obergefell and this Court’s August 12, 2015 Order. For these reasons, the Court’s prior contempt sanction against Defendant Davis is hereby lifted.”
Despite the obvious foolishness in the Kim Davis saga, each year, multiple people get famous for breaking the law so it’s probably O.K. to let her cook, for now.