The nationwide public religious civil liberties law firm, Liberty Council, that represented Kim Davis after she was sued by a Gay couple when she refused to issue them a marriage license because, even though she was a public employee, she chose to refuse to follow the law in favor of her interpretation of the bible, is now pushing the book Under God’s Authority which recounts the Kentucky county clerk’s 2015 legal battle.
In a promotional video for the book, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin praises Davis for her “boldness, conviction” and her “knowing that she was right.”
“I think Kim Davis is, without question, an inspiration, not only to leaders like myself … but to my children, to the children of America. People, even if they disagree with her, have got to respect the fact that here is a woman who was willing to put it all on the line out of conviction for what she believed and knew to be her right as an American citizen. If that’s not admirable ― if that’s not something that we would want all Americans to emulate, I don’t know what is.”
Considering that she is a member of the majority White population, and that she is a member of the majority religion, some form of Christianity, her battle to preserve the majority favoring status quo can hardly be considered an heroic act. She was not standing up to an oppressor, after all, but was the oppressor.
The inspirations for children are those people in the minority who defend principles and the equality with which we are all endowed by our creator no matter how much this might be disfavored by the majority, while she was attempting to deny those rights to others in the name of that very same creator.
She may be claiming to defend the sanctity of marriage, but the actual assaults on it are her multiple divorces and marriages.
She defends the multiple marriages, and rationalizes her disobeying the law and refusal to do the job for which she willingly accepted the salary with,
“When I think about marriage in my life, before I knew Christ, I was a miserable flop at it ― just terrible. But I still knew that it was between one man and one woman.”
Apparently, one women married to multiple men is acceptable provided it is sequential.
She is running for re-election. Once a Democrat, she switched to Republican, the party now known for its ever shifting adherence to principle. Her prospective opponent is one the people from whom she withheld a marriage license because of her devotion to the real meaning of marriage, the latest one.
She is from Kentucky, a heavily conservative, religious, and federal money dependent state, a state which has its own idea of what a Biblical marriage is.
Currently in Kentucky, teens under 18 can marry at age 16 or 17 with a parent’s permission, and those under 16 can marry with a judge’s permission in cases of pregnancy, even if it is an older man who has coerced the girl into having sex.
Kentucky has the third-highest rate in the nation for these marriages, with Texas first and Florida second.
Marriages between two teenagers represents only about 7% of such marriages in Kentucky, with 93% being teenage girls marrying older men. And this isn’t a case of boys who have just reached the age of majority marrying a girl slightly younger, but involves men up to 20 or more years older than the bride.
Senate Bill 48, sponsored by state Senator Julie Raque Adams, a Republican, would raise the legal age for most marriages in Kentucky to 18.
With SB 48 marriage would be limited to those 18 or older, while those who are 17 could marry with permission of a district judge, if the age difference between the two people is fewer than four years.
As further protections for the minor girl, the judge would be required to examine any material related to any child abuse records involving the teen, checking for any sex-offender records of the adult, considering the maturity and independence of the teen, if the teen has completed high school or obtained a GED, and review for any domestic violence records of either of the affianced.
Marriages involving one person being in a position of authority over the other, a conviction for child abuse or a sexual offense, or a pregnancy or child in common that would establish that the intended spouse was the perpetrator of a sex crime against a girl too young to consent would automatically be denied.
The last time Kentucky updated its marriage law was 1998 when the minimum age permitted for marriage was raised to 16. Before that, Kentucky had no minimum age for marriage.
A study showed that up to 80% of marriages involving girls under age 18 end in divorce, and in those marriages the girl was 50% more likely to drop out of high school and four times less likely to graduate from college which affects their being prepared for a decent job with a decent wage.
While denying adult same sex couples marriage licenses, one has to wonder how many one man/one woman marriage licenses Davis issued to couples whose under age bride was coerced into the marriage, was a high school student marrying an older divorcee, or was forced to marry her rapist.
It would seem two adults of the same sex in a loving relationship is not as acceptable to Davis and her supporters as a marriage in which one party is still a child while the other could be a child abusing sex-offender prone to domestic violence who holds a position of authority over someone who has been impregnated during a forced sexual act because of the use of that authority.