Kim Davis sat in a church pew on a Sunday morning about four years ago, listening as the man in the pulpit preached of forgiveness and God’s grace.

Davis until then might have seemed an unlikely candidate to wage a moral war over the institution of marriage. She has acknowledged through her attorney that she had made “major mistakes” before she was born again.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office’s refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Although her appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied, Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses.

But that Sunday morning, as the preacher spoke from the book of Galatians, Davis — then 44 years old — repented and pledged the rest of her life to the service of the Lord.

Now as the Rowan County clerk, Davis is refusing to surrender in a battle over who can and can’t be wed. She invoked “God’s authority” Tuesday as she defied a series of federal court orders and once again denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation, couples have stood in her office and wept. They have shouted and called her a bigot. They have tried to reason with her.

But Davis, who usually wears a skirt that reaches her ankles and her hair to her waist, refuses to relent, even under the threat of a contempt of court charge, steep fines or jail time.

“She has found herself in a situation she never envisioned,” said Mat Staver, founder of the Christian law firm Liberty Counsel that is representing Davis in her bid to refuse marriage licenses.

After the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in June, Davis announced she would issue no more marriage licenses.

Four couples, two gay and two straight, sued her, arguing she must fulfill her duties as an elected official despite her personal Christian faith. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered her to issue the licenses, an appeals court affirmed that order, and the Supreme Court on Monday refused to intervene, leaving her no more legal options.

“It is a heaven or hell decision,” she said in a statement.

At the time she repented in the church pew, Davis had been divorced three times, according to court records. Her current husband, Joe Davis, arrived at the courthouse Tuesday to check in on his wife as a protest raged on the courthouse lawn. It’s been an ordeal for her, he said. People have threatened to kill her and set their house on fire.

Joe Davis, who described himself as “an old redneck hillbilly,” pointed to the rainbow-clad protesters on the opposite side of the lawn.

“They want us to accept their beliefs and their ways,” he said. “But they won’t accept our beliefs and our ways.”

He said he and his wife have been together 19 years, but declined to elaborate on how much of that time they’ve spent married.

Court records detail Kim Davis’ turbulent marital history: She has been married to her current husband twice, with a divorce and another husband in between.

She married her first husband, Dwain Wallace, when she was 18, and divorced him in 1994.

She acknowledged in a 2008 divorce filing having had two children in 1994 while she was not married.

In 1996, at age 30, she married Joe Davis for the first time. They divorced in 2006.

The next year, at 40 years old, Davis wed Thomas McIntryre, though their marriage lasted less than a year. She re-married Joe Davis in 2009.

“She made some mistakes,” Staver said. “She’s regretful and sorrowful. That life she led before is not the life she lives now. She asked for and received forgiveness and grace. That’s why she has such a strong conscience.”

On Tuesday morning, April Miller and Karen Roberts, tailed by television cameras and rival activists, were there Davis opened her office doors. They hoped Davis would accept that her fight was lost and issue the licenses.

Instead, Davis turned them away. On their way out, Miller and Roberts passed David Ermold and David Moore, 17 years a couple. “Denied again,” Roberts whispered in Moore’s ear.

Ermold said he almost wept. They demanded to talk to Davis, who emerged briefly on the other side of the counter.

“We’re not leaving until we have a license,” Ermold told her.

“Then you’re going to have a long day,” Davis replied. She retreated into her office, closed the door and shut the blinds as a tense standoff erupted in the office around her. Dozens from both sides of the issue packed into the lobby.

“Do your job,” marriage equality activists chanted.

“Stand firm,” Davis’ supporters shouted back. They compared her to the Biblical figures Paul and Silas, imprisoned for their faith and rescued by God.

But lawyers for the rejected couples, in asking the judge to hold her in contempt of court, requested that she not be sent to jail, and instead be issued a fine “sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous” to “compel her immediate compliance without delay.”

Bunning ordered Davis and her six deputy clerks to appear before him Thursday morning at the federal courthouse in Ashland.

County taxpayers pay Davis $80,000 as the elected clerk. Staver said Tuesday that she does not have a fortune squirreled away somewhere to pay whatever punishment Bunning hands down. But she also refuses to resign.

If your job creates such a moral dilemma, just fucking quit! Otherwise obey the laws and do your fucking job. Go to hell for obeying the law? Seriously?

It is close minded people like this that has hurt the religious groups and more people feel they have no credibility.


  1. It would solve and save Rowan county a lot of money if the gay couple just went somewhere else. They are the ones beings being ” Dipshit’s of the day ” Where do they get the absolute right to use Government and taxpayers money to excess when they are capable of acting like adults and registering somewhere else.
    Noticed you left out any mention of the almost wept couple except for mention of 17 years together. Didn’t want to look at that or it didn’t fit your agenda. If you are going to cover a story try to act neutral or at least pretend to.

    1. Thank you for your comment I was expecting something like this,
      Sorry my friend I have no agenda here. Her beliefs are totally appropriate in her personal life and I have no issues with that what so ever.
      Christians like everyone else must obey the law, and the law says LGBT’s now have a right to marry. It is no different than Blacks and women now have a right to vote, aright that was once not allowed.
      Society must evolve with the changing times and this is now changing. I have no personal interest in it either way but I can accept that things move forward and apparently you are unable to do so. And I am sorry to see that for your sake.
      If you were to want to get married wouldn’t you go to the clerk in your county you lived in? why should you go elsewhere? And someone not willing to accept the higher courts rulings and do her job that she is paid quite well to do is childish, Thus making her a “dipshit of the day”.
      Do you seem to think that if a police officer does not like the gay community he cannot take report from them? Or deny them any other service?
      One last note here just for your information This is a private web site and I can do as I please, I do not sell advertising for that reason. If you see any ads on here they are put in by WordPress not me.
      So the bottom line is I can speak as I please as long as I do not slander anyone but I can speak my opinion all I want, and I do. Take look at the constitution for some of these issues you seem to have a problem with, people are guaranteed certain rights and closed minded people cannot change that.
      Thanks again for your response and I would be more than happy to allow all comments by you in their entirety as long as they remain respectful as you have done so far.
      I love it when people speak their minds, it is the best way to communicate.

      1. When my wife and i got married we went to a justice of the peace at the court house. They had a full docket for the day and so we just went to the next county and got married. Was not that hard, nor did we cry, rant, rave, get the papers, courts or peoples of America involved. I believe that they wish more than just to get married. It appears they want attention more than a commitment to each other. What they are doing is a perversion of constitutional rights. They are not using it to right a justice as much as it is for revenge.
        As far as Your view of society having to move forward to fit changing times. That is a idealistic view of the world that only fits a specific agenda and not in based on reality. Just because you can get away with something does not mean you should. And you do seem to have a personal interest in it seeing as you went out of your way to try to belittle me with having lower standards than you so making me less than you. Why did you bring up cops and gays, i mentioned nothing about them – Blacks and women? I think you meant white women. Again you try to hang a homophobic title on me without any evidence. Do not feel sorry for me. If you feel a need to feel sorry for anything then try judging the column you wrote. And thank you, for mentioning the Constitution. I keep a copy by my side and when i read it i wonder how people like you and 5 justices seem to find things in there that do not exist.
        You also seem to think i mentioned something about you having adds on your website? No! And of course you can do what you wish, and i did not mention otherwise. Thank you for your response and i will gladly read yours as long as you remain respectful and truthful and not read into it something i did not say. Have a good Friday

        1. There was no belittlement intended only sympathy in your lost cause. You went to another place to get married because of a full docket not because someone was refusing to issue a lawful license. Remember she is not issuing any licenses to anyone including men and women couples that she supposedly has the religious beliefs that they are supposed to do. So it was a bit hypocritical.
          Was she targeted? Absolutely and I do have issues with that just like the bakers in Oregon who lives were destroyed out of vindictiveness. And if you have been following my blog for any length of time you would have seen many times where I talk about intolerant people demanding tolerance. Many in the gay or liberal groups are very stupid people the way they act especially after they have gotten what they wanted. We do not live in a grateful society everyone wants to complain.
          I give many examples when I talk about things and this lady is a government employee while at work and thus my reference to cops and such, there is a comparison there if you think about it. And I did not accuse you of mentioning that, I did as an example. And there was no homophobic title put on your except maybe by your own conscience because I do not think that way.
          I also have a copy of the Constitution and I do not put more into it than is there. I do not agree with many of the scotus rulings, especially lately regarding campaigns that can now be bought by big money. But they are the laws of the land when they rule and we live by them until it is changed.
          Just for information I am not a liberal by any means but I do not call myself conservative either I am centric and feel there can be common ground between the two if special interests would be eliminated. And the lawmakers would start thinking what is good for the many not just the singled out groups.
          Again I did not say you mentioned ads on my site it is something I said to give you insight to my thought process and my intentions here. I will give anyone the dipshit of the day title if it is deserved and I do not want advertiser influencing what I have to say. That was my only point.
          Maybe you were taking some of what I said a little too personal and not looking at the overall message I was trying to convey.
          Thank you for your response it was well written and to the point and I feel honest and respectful. This is the type of dialog that is needed more of in this country because there are not enough people listening to the opposing sides. Only agendas.

  2. I just read the woman was thrown in jail for contempt of court. I hope you see that was a injustice. That was not for a breaking of the law but an excuse to force one to the will of the supposed plight of gays and that is pathetic. But it is typical of leftist judges and 3% of the population who wish to bully the country into submission. And your statement “And there was no homophobic title put on your except maybe by your own conscience because I do not think that way.” is wrong. You did use lost cause like it is written in stone that these things will come to pass. Trying to wish something into existence does no make it so. And when you wrote “Do you seem to think that if a police officer” that’s directly pointed to me. So i stand on my original belief that you are personally invested in this. The couple could have at the end of all of this just dropped the case and moved on with their life. But chose instead to push it until they got what they wished. She is in jail for better or worse and people will think her to be a fool and a lawbreaker. But an equal or more amount will think the couple to be mindless twits concerned only with their lot. No one, i repeat no one stopped them from ending this when they had a chance and being the better. And i still stand by my naming them “dipshits of the day”
    Thanks for the banter. I do read your Blog from time to time and find no great fault with it other than the centrist part. That is a dangerous ground too many people take. You are correct on the adds part i wrote. Apologies from me.
    If you reply that is great but i will not probably answer, we leave for vacation tonight and unless it rains or is just crappy the whole time i will not have time to answer.

    1. You apparently did not see my latest post. The judge did exactly what I would have done. It is the law now and she refused to follow it.
      Being a government employee she cannot pick and choose what laws to follow. It is the nature of the beast and if she has that big of a concern she had a choice to get another job but chose to stay in that one. There is no injustice there she knew what the consequences could be and felt she needed to make a stand.
      Since I do not know who you are I had no idea about the police comment since I am former Law enforcement myself it just came to mind.
      We all have choices in life and she made hers and now she has to live with that decision, I hope she felt it was worth it.
      Have a safe trip and lets do this again.

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