What We Know About the Kentucky Clerk Refusing Marriage Licenses
Defying legal decisions that go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., clerk, continued to deny marriage licenses on Wednesday in protest of same-sex marriage. Davis has been summoned to a federal court for a hearing on whether to hold her in contempt. Here’s what we know about her. Full story: http://n.pr/1KJ9M1Y
- •She's a born-again ChristianThe Associated Press reports that Davis' life changed in a church about four years ago. The preacher, according to the AP, was speaking about the book of Galatians, and Davis repented for her sins and "pledged the rest of her life to the service of the Lord."
- •She has cited her religious views for her stanceDavis has said her religious beliefs have driven her to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses. In court, she testified that she prayed and fasted before making the decision to defy the highest court of the land. "It wasn't just a spur-of-the-moment decision," she testified, according to The Courier-Journal. "It was thought out, and I sought God on it."
- •She has been divorced three timesAccording to marriage licenses obtained by BuzzFeed, Davis has been married four times — twice to the same man. She first married at age 18 in 1984. She later married Joe Davis in 1996. She married a third time in 2007 and then married Davis again in 2009. Her marriage record has been used by critics to point out what they see as Davis' hypocrisy. In response, Davis' attorney said that Davis acknowledged she had made "major mistakes" in the past.
- •She was elected to her positionDavis, a Democrat, won a 2014 election for Rowan County clerk handily — 53 percent to 46 percent. Davis took the keys of the office from her mother, Jean Bailey, who held the position for 37 years.
- •She can't be firedBecause Davis is an elected official and, as the Kentucky Supreme Court puts it, "ultimately accountable to the voters," she can't be fired from her job. According to procedures set forth by the Supreme Court of Kentucky, the only way for Davis to be removed from her position is if the Circuit Court Clerks Conduct Commission recommends that course of action to the chief justice and the chief justice agrees. That process is complicated and would very likely take a long time.