WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — Kim Davis, the Democratic Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who was jailed this morning by a federal judge because she steadfastly refuses to issue same-sex marriage certificates, said she’s following God’s moral laws and drawing inspiration from two of her favorite Democrats — former Alabama governor George Wallace and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
In an interview yesterday on One America News, a conservative, evangelical Christian cable network, Ms. Davis said she is determined to “stand her ground” because it’s time someone in America “stood up against persecution of Christians.”
A tearful Ms. Davis said, “I just got so sick and tired of being so sick and tired of the LGBT jihadists forcing Christians to accept their wicked ways.”
I just got so sick and tired of being so sick and tired…
Ms. Davis, who became an Apostolic Christian almost five years ago, said she is emulating the high moral standards shown by renown segregationist and former Alabama governor George C. Wallace and “Christian martyr” Martin Luther King Jr.
She told One America News: “It’s the right of every citizen, however, humble he may be, through his chosen officials of representative government to stand courageously against whatever he believes to be the exercise of power beyond the Constitutional rights conferred upon us by a wicked, secular federal government.”
Ms. Davis asserted to One America News that she is not taking a political stand, although many conservative, evangelical Christian politicians have declared support for her actions. “It’s only God who commanded me to move,” she said.
“What I’m doing is the simple exercise of the heritage of the religious freedom and liberty under the law of the state of Kentucky. We have a right to practice our religion the way we want to down here in Kentucky. I don’t mind being the Governor Wallace and Rev. King of my generation. And I’m deeply touched and honored to be both.”
District Judge David Bunning sent Ms. Davis to jail this morning for refusing to comply with the Supreme Court order mandating issuance of same-sex marriage certificates in Rowan County. Mr. Bunning said Ms. Davis will remain in jail until she indicates willingness to comply with the law.
“Look, lady, my docket’s backlog is over three years, and I’ve got plenty stronger cases than this one,” Mr. Bunning told Ms. Davis. “Can you just do the job you were elected last year to perform?”
Givhan N. Cites covers national news and politics.