Look How A Gay Rights Group Just Tried To Use The Bible Against Kim Davis With This Billboard

In response to the nationwide attention Rowan County, Ky., elected official Kim Davis attracted with her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, one gay rights group attempted to counter her faith-based argument with a biblical reference of its own.

Planting Peace reportedly funded a month-long billboard display in the Rowan County town of Morehead.

The organization released a statement defending the advertisement while attacking the position of “zealots” like Davis.

“Our message to our LGBTQ youth is simple: You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful,” the group stated. “There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you. You are not alone.”

According to Planting Peace, those who do disagree with gay marriage on biblical grounds are hypocrites.

“The anti-LGBTQ movement is comprised of a substantial number of zealots who unfailingly refer to their rigid interpretation of religious text to narrowly define ‘traditional’ institutions and values,” the organization alleged. “They pick and choose what they wish to convey as immoral and unacceptable, while seemingly sweeping lines of scripture just a few letters away completely under the rug.”

Many social media users, however, likewise chastised Planting Peace for its own selective use of scripture.

Media outlets including TheBlaze pointed out that the billboard reference – apparently taken from a passage in Exodus – has been the subject of significant scholarly debate.   h/t: TheBlaze Are Christians who oppose same-sex marriage being hypocritical? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Jailed Clerk Kim Davis Just Presented A ‘Remedy’ That Could Fix The Situation For Everyone

An attorney for Christian county clerk Kim Davis has offered a remedy to the situation that could get his client out of jail.

Mat Staver, head of the Liberty Counsel told ABC News that Davis “has a very strong conscience and she’s just asking for a simple remedy, and that is, remove her name from the certificate and all will be well.” 

“That simple remedy has simply been ignored by the court and by the governor and that’s what should have been done,” Staver said. “I think it’s reprehensible that she’s in jail for this when a simple fix could have been easily handled.”

The attorney added: “One thing about Kim, she may be incarcerated behind the jail bars but her conscience remains free. And just knowing Kim, she’s made a decision and she can’t violate that conscience and she can’t have this collision with her religious convictions.” 

Before being imprisoned on Thursday, the Christian woman told Fox News’ Todd Starnes: “I’m very steadfast in what I believe. I don’t leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I’m not.” She also told him, “I’ve weighed the cost and I’m prepared to go to jail, I sure am. This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me. This is about upholding the word of God.”

When brought before U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Thursday, Davis explained: “God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties.” The clerk currently has a case in federal court seeking a religious liberty exemption, seeking to not have her name affixed to the marriage license. Judge Bunning has ordered her while her case proceeded to issue same-sex marriage licenses, which she has refused to do because it violates her conscience. 

“Marriage licenses in Kentucky are required to include an authorization statement of the county clerk issuing the license. Some state lawmakers, as well as the Kentucky County Clerks Association, have suggested having clerk names removed from marriage licenses,” according to ABC News. 

Many commentators on the Left have likened Davis’ stand to former Alabama Gov. George Wallace’s refusal in the early 1960s to comply with court orders desegregating schools. An iconic image from the era is Wallace making his “Stand at the Schoolhouse Door” at the University of Alabama as the Justice Department sought to enforce a ruling to desegregate the institution.

Other commentators on the Right have likened Davis’ actions more to Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks who were imprisoned for standing against unjust laws made by men that ran contrary to the country’s founding beliefs contained in the Declaration of Independence and the laws of God.

Martin Luther King, famously wrote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him [or her] is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”

Judge Bunning in ordering the imprisonment of Davis stated that: “The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order.” He further explained that the clerk’s good-faith belief is “simply not a viable defense,” dismissing her appeal to God’s moral law and freedom of conscience. “The idea of natural law superseding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed,” he said.  

By his actions, Bunning has made clear, in this instance, that the newly established right of same-sex couples to marry trumps Davis’ appeal to the constitutionally enumerated right of religious liberty contained in the First Amendment and the God-given rights contained in the Declaration of Independence.

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Liberals Said This Wouldn’t Happen, Yet Here We Are

The jailing of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for putting her faith above all else illustrates the fallacy perpetrated upon America this summer when liberal apologists insisted the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage would never force anyone to act against their principles, Phyllis Schlafly said in a statement issued Thursday.

“Barely two months after the Supreme Court invented a new constitutional right to same-sex marriage, a Christian has been sent to jail for refusing to issue a same-sex marriage license,” said Schlafly, founder and CEO of Eagle Forum.

“This imprisonment is a gross injustice, and a terrible abuse of power by the federal courts. Judicial supremacists should not be picking on a rural woman in Kentucky to try to assert federal authority,” she said.

“All Americans, including the Republican Party presidential candidates, must stand up now against the tyranny of judicial supremacy. We need legislation to rein in the overreach by federal courts,” she wrote, adding that Judge David Bunning, who ordered Davis jailed, should be impeached by Congress.

Schlafly said federal courts should keep their noses out of matters reserved to the states.

“Under our federal system of government, only the state of Kentucky would have the authority to order Kim Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses in Rowan County,” she said. “No federal law requires Kim Davis to issue marriage licenses, and the federal district judge, David Bunning, had no jurisdiction to rule on a question of state law.”

Back in July, Schlafly had signaled her opposition to the court’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage.

“We ought to treat it like Abe Lincoln treated the infamous Dred Scott Case, when he said, okay, we have to accept what the court did to poor, old Dred Scott – said he had to be a slave – but we don’t have to accept that as the rule of the land,” she said then.

In her July comments, Schlafly discussed potential civil disobedience in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“We just don’t believe in accepting what some judge says is the new law,” she said. “That’s just not the kind of country we live in. Remember, the Constitution starts with ‘we the people.’”

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After Kim Davis Was Ordered To Jail, Her Son Stood Up In An Incredible Way

After a federal judge ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail for failing to issue same-sex marriage licences, his efforts to create an alternative means for the county to comply with a court order to issue the licenses came up short.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning summoned Davis’ six deputy clerks to appear in his courtroom on Thursday, wanting them all to confirm their willingness to issue same-sex marriage licenses. While five of the six said they would be willing to do so, Nathan Davis, Kim’s 21 year old son, said he would not. The judge chose not to hold him in contempt.

Some of the clerks questioned whether they had the legal authority to issue licenses without the county clerk’s approval, which the judge conceded may be an issue.

Ms. Davis indicated that she will not grant her deputies the authority to issue licenses under her name, all but assuring she will be spending more time in jail.

As an elected official, Kim Davis cannot be fired. However, she can be impeached by the Kentucky legislature, which is not due to reconvene until after the new year. Democrat governor Steve Beshear has directed Davis to issue the licenses, but has resisted calling a special legislative session for the purpose of impeaching her or changing current law to grant authority to other county officials to issue licenses. Regardless, it is not clear if the legislature would vote to impeach Davis, whose stand is popular particularly in her part of the state.

As reported by Western Journalism, Davis has stated it would violate her Christian beliefs to issue marriage licenses under her name to same-sex couples. She currently has a case in federal court seeking a religious liberty exemption.

The New York Times reports that Davis’ lawyer, Roger Gannam, responded to Judge Bunning’s prison order:

Today, for the first time in history, an American citizen has been incarcerated for having the belief of conscience that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and she’s been ordered to stay there until she’s willing to change her mind, until she’s willing to change her conscience about what that belief is…This is unprecedented in American law.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, a GOP presidential candidate, said it was “absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberties.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, another Republican candidate, said the jailing of Davis “removes all doubt of the criminalization of Christianity in our country.”

“We must defend religious liberty and never surrender to judicial tyranny,” Mr. Huckabee said, adding that “the Supreme Court is not the Supreme branch and it’s certainly not the Supreme Being.”

He also tweeted:

h/t: RawStory

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County Clerk Refuses To Issue Gay Marriage License – ‘Under God’s Authority’

Video Transcript:

A gay couple on Tuesday sought a marriage license from the Rowan County clerk’s office in Kentucky. The clerk, Kim Davis, informed David Ermold and David Moore they would not be getting one.

Davis: We are not issuing marriage licenses today.

David: Based on what?

Davis: I would ask you all to go ahead and…

David: Why are you not issuing marriage licenses today?

Davis: Because I’m not.

David: Why?

David: Under whose authority are you not issuing licenses?

Davis: Under God’s authority.

Media: Did the lawyers tell you…

David: I don’t believe in your god.

David: Did God tell you to do this?

David: Did God tell you to treat us like this?

David: I don’t believe in your god.

The couple, clearly upset after being denied a license, then voiced their frustrations:

David: Call the police! I will have them arrest you.

Media: Do your job!

David: You should be ashamed of yourself. Everyone in this office should be ashamed of themselves. Is this what you want to remember? Is this what you want to remember, that you stood up for this? That your children have to look at you and realize that you’re bigots? And you discriminated against people? Is that what you want?

Clerk: [Inaudible] God’s Word and what it told.

David: God does not belong in the country clerk’s office.

Media: This is not a house of God.

Media: God doesn’t run the government.

Davis returned to tell the couple she was not trying to prohibit their marriage, she just wasn’t going to be the one to issue them a license. It would violate her religious beliefs and her conscience.

Davis: I simply told you all I’m willing to face my consequences, as you all will face your consequences when it comes time for judgement. Plain and simple.

David: We don’t have consequences.

David: Not everyone believes what you believe.

Davis: That’s your choice.

David: You’re creating a religion in this office and…

Davis: No I’m not.

Other couple: Yes you are! You’re making yourself a figure head of this new church here.

Davis has received death threats for not issuing a marriage license to this gay couple, but she isn’t bowing down. In a statement she said:

I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. … It is a Heaven or Hell decision.

Christian teaching on marriage comes in Genesis, which Jesus reaffirms in the book of Matthew, saying:

Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female? For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.

Do you support the actions of Kim Davis to hold tight to what Scripture defines as marriage? Share and comment below.

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