Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kim Davis

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Kentucky couple, David Ermold and David Moore, planned on shedding light on a rural Christian county clerk who refused to give them a marriage license. They didn’t intend to create a conservative celebrity.

Ermold and Moore had heard that Kim Davis, the clerk who claimed that her religion prevented her from issuing marriages to gay couples, was declining requests—so, when they went to file their own marriage license, they made sure to record the exchange so they could document exactly what happened to them.

The result, instead, was a several-weeks-long media circus, which resulted in Davis going to jail for contempt-of-court, and then later sharing a stage with former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, who vowed to defend Christian faith. Conservatives were suddenly galvanized over gay marriage—an issue that, just months before, seemed like it had been all but decided by the Supreme Court.

In fact, things went so awry for Ermold and Moore that they regret turning Davis into a national celebrity.

“Mike Huckabee comes down and creates a martyr of Davis,” Ermold complained, in an interview with GQ—which was, obviously, not their intention. “They took her picture with her hair down in a braid, and her husband was in bib overalls, the whole thing. They staged these photo opportunities for her.

“We’re also complicit in her fame,” Moore added. “We’re the ones who filmed her originally.”

“I thought if she could see us and talk to us, maybe she would go home and think about the people she’s affecting,” Moore added. “We decided we were going to go in and document it.”

He continued, “I put [the video] up around 11 at night. The next morning, Gawker had it, and then The Advocate was running it. By the time I got up, it already had 200,000 hits.”

At which point, Davis became a national talking point.

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That was fast: the very liberals that were urging everyone to shut up and listen to Pope Francis are now seething.

Apparently, Pope Francis met with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who gained notoriety when she refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision. She ultimately spent five days in jail in contempt of court.

The Vatican did not deny that a meeting between Davis and the Pope took place while Francis was on his American tour last week. According to reports, he urged her to “stay strong” on her opposition to gay marriage.

The meeting lasted about 15 minutes, and Davis was given a rosary.

“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it, and I hugged him and he hugged me,” Davis explained. “[He said,] ‘Thank you for your courage.'”

She added, “I’m just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.”

The Pope had been lauded by the liberal media in recent weeks for his attacks on capitalism and his dire warnings on climate change.

While the Pope is undoubtedly more vocal about some liberal issues than his predecessors–and has been praised from both sides of the aisle for breathing new energy back into the Catholic Church–the fact remains that little of the Church’s dogma and beliefs have actually changed. The Church has, and continues to be, more economically liberal and more socially conservative.

Pope Francis remains, both personally and publicly, strongly against gay marriage.

He also remains staunchly pro-life–just wait until the liberals find out about that one.

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Kim Davis might have started a new trend among county clerks–as other county clerks decide they’ve had enough over gay marriage.

Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who attracted nationwide attention when she refused to issue marriage licenses and was jailed for being in contempt of court, returns to work this week. As an elected official, she can’t be fired–she can only be voted out of office at the next election.

But, even as Davis plans to take back her office, other elected officials nationwide are doing everything they can to thwart the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“In North Carolina, all four magistrates in rural McDowell County have recused themselves from performing civil wedding ceremonies for any couples. The moves are allowed under a state law passed in June that allows certain public officials to avoid marriage duties if they have religious objections. So far, 32 magistrates across the state—about 5% of the total—have done so, according to the state Administrative Office of the Courts.

“As a result of the void in McDowell County, magistrates from neighboring Rutherford County have been driving in to perform ceremonies three days a week, during reduced hours. Tonia Hampton, the McDowell County register of deeds, whose office issues marriage licenses, said the documents continue to be available during regular hours. ‘It’s business as usual for us,’ she said.”

Many county clerks–mostly in states where gay marriage was illegal until the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hobbes decision in June–are objecting to issuing marriage licenses because of religious grounds.

It remains to be see what impact, if any, anti-gay marriage warriors in government like Davis will have on the national legalization–but it makes it clear this fight is far from over.


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Kim Davis is getting sued–by the writers of the 1982 rock anthem, “Eye of the Tiger.”

The band, Survivor, which wrote and sang the song, is taking umbrage at the fact that Kim Davis used it without permission at an event, where she stood alongside Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas.

The band has named both of them in a $1.2 million copyright infringement lawsuit.

Frankie Sullivan, one of the band members, vented his anger on Facebook–noting that Davis used the song without permission, and adding that he disagree strongly with Davis’s cause in the first place.

“NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use ‘My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger.’ I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C’mom Mike [Huckabee], you are not The Donald but you can do better than that…”

Outside of social media, the band was a little more demure. Founding member Jim Peterik said:

“I was very surprised and dismayed at the misuse of the song I co-wrote with Frankie Sullivan for Rocky lll,” he said. “The song has motivated thousands through the years to reach beyond their limits. Its use for the release of Kim Davis does not support my views or my politics. I have contacted my publishers to make sure this usage is stopped immediately.”

Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, gained notoriety when she refused to issue marriages licenses, due to her opposition to marriage equality. She later defied a court order, and was sent to jail for just under a week after being found in contempt of court.

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Kim Davis has become a notable figure for Christian conservatives–and now, it looks like two presidential candidates are fighting over who gets to claim her, to score political points.

When Davis was released from jail earlier this week, both former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas were in attendance–and seemed to fight over who got to stand next to her, and who got to claim victory for her release.

Both Huckabee and Cruz are competing for similar factions of the Republican Party in their fight to become President–namely, the Christian conservative wing.

But in the fight over Davis, Huckabee clearly came out ahead–thanks to a crafty staffer, who physically blocked Cruz from intruding on any of the photos, which were splashed across the media this week.

According to The New York Times:

“When Senator Cruz exited the jail a throng of journalists beckoned him toward their microphones, but an aide to Mr. Huckabee blocked the path of Mr. Cruz, who appeared incredulous.

“Moments later, Mr. Huckabee appeared, joined by Ms. Davis. He stuck close to her side as she approached the reporters, and again when she took the stage, and cast her fight as a choice of tyranny or religious freedom.”

Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, had been jailed for just under a week after being found in contempt of court. Davis had refused to offer marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in June. At the time she was jailed, she had already been previously told that she would have to start issuing licenses or suffer legal penalties.

She chose the latter, obviously–with the full backing of many conservatives. Including Mike Huckabee, who got plenty of photo ops with Davis, and Ted Cruz, who did not.

After her release, Davis returned to her job as the county clerk–after she agreed to let her deputies issue all marriage licenses in Rowan County. Despite the controversial nature of her stance, Davis is an elected official, meaning she can’t be fired, but must be voted out of office by the county residents.


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