Morehead Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis is out from behind bars and back behind her officious counter, but the anti-gay marriage crusader is still not doing her job. She is now allowing her deputy clerks to issue licenses but she won’t sign them or issue them herself.
Davis spent 6 days in jail on a contempt of court charge for refusing to issue any marriage licenses based on her opposition to same-sex marriage and her Christian beliefs. Davis has been heralded by crackpots as skewed as Mike Huckabee for being some kind of heroic martyr to her faith and a soldier of heaven against sin.
Reasonable religious leaders said that upholding the duties of her elected position does not in any way prohibit her religious freedom and remind her of her duty to follow the law and the separation of church and state. They also point out that Davis has not been exemplary in practicing her faith when it comes to premarital sex and numerous marriages and divorces.
The Keeper of the Faith and Maven of Morality returned to work Monday but remained out of sight as one of her deputy clerks issued a marriage licence to a lesbian couple. The license issued was altered to remove any mention of Davis or her office. Instead, a section of the license now states that it was issued pursuant to a federal court order instead of the county clerk, putting its legal validity in question.
Anti-gay protesters on the scene questioned Davis’ decision not to interfere. Davis for her part maintains a proper Christian humility.
“I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post,” she said. “I am no hero. I’m just a person who has been transformed by the grace of God.”