Kim Davis Faces “Seemingly Impossible Choice” (Liberty Counsel)

Early this morning, Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis read from a handwritten statement just prior to opening the Clerk’s office.

“I love my Lord Jesus, I love all people, and I love my job. I want to continue to serve all three as I have tried to do until now…”
During parts of her statement, Kim became emotional when reflecting on her “seemingly impossible choice” between “my conscience or my freedom.”

Last week, Kim was in jail because she would not abandon her faith.

From the beginning of her ordeal, Kim has asked for a reasonable accommodation by Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear and/or the Kentucky legislature to remove her name and title as the Clerk of Rowan County from marriage licenses.  These requests have so far been disregarded.  In her statement this morning, she explained that she could not issue a license with her name and title affixed to it that authorizes a marriage that is contrary to God’s definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Kim reminded everyone of her torturous dilemma: “I spent six days in jail because I could not abandon my faith.”
Since her release last week, Kim spent time with her family and in prayer.  This morning, Kim said she is at peace with her decision:

“Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued in my office will not be issued or authorized by me. I want the whole world to know… my deputy clerks … don’t have the authority to issue any license whatsoever. … I love my deputy clerks, and I hate that they have been caught in the middle. If any of them feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice, and I will take no action against them. However, any unauthorized marriage license that they issue will not have my name, my title, or my authority on it. Instead, the licenses will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order.”
Kim has “grave doubts whether the licenses issued under these conditions are valid,” and she again called upon the Governor, the legislature, and the courts to act to accommodate her deeply held religious beliefs and those of other clerks in Kentucky.

She said, “Because I have been transformed by the love and forgiveness of my Lord Jesus Christ, I love every person. I love you because He first loved me.”

Kim ended her statement to the throngs of people showing their support and amidst scores of media, “Today, I put my faith and my trust in God and God alone.”
Kim Davis is making a reasonable and good faith attempt to comply with Judge David Bunning’s order without violating her conscience. Kim should never have to choose between obeying God and leaving her elected position as the Clerk of Rowan County.

The position that Kim announced this morning balances her deeply held religious convictions while respecting the court order issued by Judge Bunning.
In Kim’s statement, she asked of the nation, “Are we not big enough, loving enough, and tolerant enough to find a way to accommodate my deeply held religious convictions?  While my case may be the most visible right now, there are millions of people in the public and private sectors that are in the same position and who also need reasonable accommodations.”

Kim is exposing the attacks being waged against public servants nationwide, some of whom Liberty Counsel’s legal team is actively defending.

Liberty Counsel’s caseload is quickly growing.

As I shared with you on Saturday, over the last several months, my staff and I have logged many thousands of hours providing legal counsel to scores of citizens who have been adversely impacted by the Supreme Court’s misguided same-sex “marriage” ruling.  As a result, our caseload continues to increase as our God-given mission to advance and defend faith, freedom, and family takes on heightened importance.

The battle for Kim Davis’ rights is far from over.  This week we continue to pursue four different appeals on her case and will file another suit against Gov. Beshear in state court demanding that he provide accommodations.

We are representing others like Kim Davis. As Kim said this morning, “While my case may be the most visible right now, there are millions of other people out there in the private and public sector who are in the same position and they also need reasonable accommodations.”

That’s why I need your immediate help.  In short, right now we are dealing with an immediate need for $30,000 and have in the past two days raised just half that amount.  We need to have this resolved by tomorrow!

This amount is needed to cover costs over and above what we have budgeted this month and to keep us moving forward at this critical time.

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Mathew D. Staver, Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel