Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling, on Sunday appealed a judge's decision to put her in a jail for listening to her conscience.
The attorneys of the Rowan County clerk filed the appeal Sunday, her fourth day in jail after being held in contempt of court for defying a Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country, according to USA Today.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning had ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses, but she cited "God's authority" as the reason to defy the Supreme Court ruling. The judge ordered her arrest Thursday, and warned that any clerk who refuses to issue licenses could be found in contempt of court. more >>
An elder at the historic Church of the Covenant in Manhattan has filed a $1 million lawsuit against its interim pastor, saying he has offended church members by "using four letter words in the pulpit," not doing his duties and removing a "God is Love" sign from the sanctuary, allegations that the pastor denies.
Gregory Reid, treasurer at the 165-year-old church, has filed the lawsuit against Pastor Cornell Edmonds in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeking to permanently remove him from the pulpit, according to the New York Post.
Both Reid and Edmonds are attorneys. more >>
If, as Rick Warren and others have suggested, religious liberty is becoming the major civil rights issue of our time, will Kim Davis be the Rosa Parks of the movement?
Rosa Parks ignited the civil rights crusade against racial discrimination when, on December 1, 1955, she refused to move to the back section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in defiance of a city code stipulating where black people could sit.
Will Rowan County Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses because of her biblical beliefs, and subsequent incarceration, make her the rallying point for an energized civil rights movement focusing on religious freedom? more >>
Same-sex couples received their marriage licenses Friday morning at the Rowan County clerk's office following a judge's orders for Christian County Clerk Kim Davis to be sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June.
Davis cited "God's authority" as the reason she defied the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. One day after Davis was jailed, however, her deputy clerks started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, the first being to William Smith Jr. and James Yates.
Deputy clerk Brian Mason issued the license to the pair and congratulated them, but some of the clerks remain conflicted about the issue. Deputy clerk Melissa Thompson told a packed court Thursday that compromising her religious beliefs is "the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life." Still, U.S. District Judge David Bunning made it clear that any other clerks who refuse could also be found in contempt of court, like Davis. more >>
In his book, A Christian Manifesto, Francis Schaeffer says, "It is not only that true spirituality covers all of life, but that it covers all parts of the spectrum of life equally. In this sense, there is nothing concerning reality that is not spiritual."
Thus, a person does not leave his faith in the pew of her church when she exits its doors; rather, she takes her faith into her home life, her work life, and everything she does in between. This means that if she is a Christian doctor, she may refuse to perform elective abortions, if she is a Christian pharmacist, she may refuse to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs, if she is a Christian county clerk, she may refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and so on.
Kentucky Governor Beshear recently went on record regarding his understanding of faith when he told Kentucky county clerks, "Neither your oath nor the Supreme Court dictates what you must believe. But as elected officials, they do prescribe how we must act." more >>
At least one county clerk in Kentucky is protesting the jailing of Kim Davis, saying she "does not deserve to go to jail."
Casey Davis, who is the county clerk for Casey County, says he will not issue same-sex marriage licenses either. "This woman has done nothing wrong," Davis told Wave 3 News in Kentucky earlier this week.
The Casey County clerk is currently using his own vacation time to bike 400 miles from Pikeville to Paducah to protest the public persecution of Christians. more >>