Same-Sex Couple Can Now Sue Kentucky’s Homophobic Marriage Clerk Kim Davis

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Remember Kim Davis, the Rowan County, KY clerk who became the poster child for anti-LGBTQ hate back in 2015? Well, I hate to dredge up the past, especially bad memories, but this story is simply too good not to comment on. Call it karma, kismet, payback is a bitch, revenge served cold or “just desserts,” but feast your eyes below on a delicious piece of news:

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a case against Davis, who gained worldwide attention for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, saying she was acting under God’s authority, can proceed.

Two years ago, clerk Davis refused to issue a marriage license to David Ermold and David Moore, a loving gay couple from Morehead, KY. Ignoring U.S. law, Davis was eventually arrested and went to jail.

Fast forward to present-day, to Tuesday this week, when the appeals court overturned a prior decision of a district judge who had rejected Ermold and Moore’s lawsuit against David for rejecting their marriage license. Citing “particularized harm” the couple experienced as a result of Davis’ ignorant actions, as This Week reports, the court ruled the case can proceed and the same-sex couple can pursue legal damages against Davis. A district judge now will decide whether Davis is liable for financial damages.

In an incident captured in a video that went viral, Davis, citing her religious beliefs, refused the couple a marriage license despite the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The couple’s case was originally tossed out by a lower court in August because of a state law excusing county clerks like Davis from signing same-sex marriage licenses, and because Davis’ office did eventually grant the couple a marriage license.

The Sixth District court said the lower court incorrectly characterized the case as “simply contesting the ‘no marriage licenses’ policy,” when in fact the couple “only sought damages.” “The next step will be to go to discovery and go to trial, where I am confident we will obtain a judgment against Davis,” said Michael Gartland, a lawyer for the couple.

The irony of it all is astounding. As Wikipedia notes, Kim Davis, a divorced woman who believes in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman has been married four times to three different men. Her third husband is the father of her twin sons, who were born five months after her divorce from her first husband. She identifies herself as an Apostolic Christian, belonging to the Apostolic Pentecostal denomination known as “Oneness Pentecostalism,” which favors a literal interpretation of the Bible.

Apparently, Davis believes The Flinstones is a documentary.

Hmmm, maybe can also explain how Adam and Eve had two sons but married women and had children. Or how Noah took two termites and two woodpeckers during the flood, and yet there was no damage to that Ark made of wood.

If I ever met Kim Davis, I wouldn’t have much to say — except this: Remember that “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” thingie. Yeah, that.


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