As Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis sits in a cell for ignoring a judge’s order, she can take comfort her supporters are rallying outside the jail.
According to Reuters, today (5 September) around 200 people congregated on a field across from the the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky. Davis has been there since Thursday after her she declined to follow a federal judge’s order to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.
‘God is going to continue to bless Kim Davis,’ Grayson Mayor George Steele said to the assembled, according to Reuters.
One of the banners held up said the following: ‘Kim Davis POW.’
The 49-year-old clerk been in the center of the national story since marriage equality became legal in all 50 US states. In August, District Judge David Bunning ordered her to issue certificates to LGBTI applicants. She appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court. The highest court in the country denied her emergency request to not issue marriage licenses to any couples – gay or straight – as she fought in the lower court.
Despite losing with the Supreme Court, Davis continued to defy Bunning’s order. She was held in contempt and placed in jail. Since her absence, deputy Rowan County clerks have signed certificates.
Davis lawyers promise she will continue to fight the judge’s order. They also insisted any marriage documents issued are not legal.
Davis, a Democrat who has been married four times, is a member of the Apostolic Christian Church. That denomination takes a literal reading of the Bible.
Her refusal to follow the law has been hailed by marriage equality opponents Senator Ted Cruz and former Governor Mike Huckabee. Both are running for the Republican presidential nomination.