BREAKING: Anti-gay Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Released From Jail (VIDEO/IMAGES)

I suppose that the overall goal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been obtained. That’s the only good that comes out of this.

The Fifth Column


Kim Davis, the anti-gay Kentucky clerk that was jailed last week for repeatedly disobeying court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has just been released from jail.

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to be released on Tuesday, but only with the understanding that she is not to interfere with same-sex marriage licenses any longer. According to reporter Dave Weigel, there was the sense that the defiant clerk may opt to stay in jail.

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Davis’ release became an option after the staff at her Rowan County office began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, and at the request of the plaintiffs that sued her. Judge Bunning agreed to her release, now that her office was doing its job – but Davis is not to meddle in same-sex marriage licenses once she’s out of prison. The court order said:

“Defendant Davis shall be released from…

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Posted on 09/08/2015, in Cases, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 77 Comments.

  1. Two sides to a story

    I’m not happy with her support by politicians who should be supporting the constitution, nor claim that she’s supporting her constituents, which she clearly has not – not all of them.

  2. What, already! And they wonder why people lose faith in the system.

    • If she is, as stated in the article religiously opposed to having her name appear on same-sex marriage licenses, then why doesn’t she quit? I disagree with her beliefs, but I have NO problem with her having them. And if she believes that strongly, she needs to quit and find something that does not make her feel she is violating them. No one would blame her for that. But this is BS!!

      I can admire someone for standing up for what they believe, even if I don’t agree. But if she really were to stand up for what she believed, she would quit her job. This is just attention whoring

      • yahtzeebutterfly

        “But if she really were to stand up for what she believed, she would quit her job”

        Yes, she should quit. However, her religious beliefs only go so far…her religious/moral conviction ends when it comes to giving up an $80,000 a year cushy job.

        • Yahtzeebutterfly, you’re absolutely correct. Too many “religious” (note that I did not say spiritual) people pick and choose scriptures. They certainly don’t acknowledge the ones that speak to their own situations. How many times has she been married???
          Matthew 7:3 KJV— And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

  3. She is being supported by Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz…can we say Dumb and Dumber??!! I know she can’t be fired because it is an elected position. But she SHOULD be impeached and fined for the $$$ she cost the County/State.

  4. When religious freedom deprives or imposes upon the religious freedom and constitutional rights of others, it’s not religious “freedom.” Freedom is the right to worship by choice.

    As a little girl, and through adulthood, I’ve heard at least a million times that religion and politics do not mix. Kim Davis ran for, and was elected to a public office. It is not a faith-based public office. Now, she doesn’t want to do the job she was elected to perform.

    What I see with Davis, and those politicians supporting her disobedience, is a rebellion against the constitution and the laws of this land.

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      “What I see with Davis, and those politicians supporting her disobedience, is a rebellion against the constitution and the laws of this land.”

      A definite rebellion it is. What do you think their end game is? A Christian theocracy??

      • They’re working on it. To paraphrase a tweet I quoted on a previous blog post, “Feed them to the lion! Then they’ll really have something to complain about!

  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    The marriage licenses now simply have the name of Rowan County on them. Kim Davis’ name has been removed from the licenses.

  6. Humor and truth.

  7. Davis’ attorney and Huckabee speak after her release from jail.

  8. crustyolemothman

    I still have a difficult time comprehending how a group such as the Christian Religious Right, that are a huge majority of the population, per their claims, could possibly claim to be persecuted by such a small number of people not of their same faith…. Simple logic would seem to indicate that it would be impossible physically for a few to persecute the majority… I must have missed that class in school…

    • Well Mothman, the Christian Right, which I think was once called the Moral Majority, has a big mouth and think that because they yell the loudest, that they are the biggest group of Christians in America. We used to call them the moral majority because they demand that the majority of the world adopt their brand of morality.

      As the Bible says, a tree is known by its fruit. As a brother in Christ once said, if you want to know what sins people struggle with, just listen to what they preach against. If the Christian Right cannot see marriage equality in any spectrum other than what two consenting adults do in private, then they are showing their true ignorance for why marriage licenses became necessary.

      They would have stoned Mary and when Jesus washed Peter’s feet, the rumors would have flown throughout Jerusalem.

  9. Some people need to be reminded (as if it would make a difference) that our Founding Fathers were NOT CHRISTIANS!

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    Here is a link to the judge’s release order:

  12. yahtzeebutterfly

    Michael Wolfgang ‏@LIBERALWOLFGANG

  13. Impeach her! Then Huckabee and Cruz can set her up as a real martyr…

    • And both of them will have Sarah Palin breathing down their necks, screaming, “Me too! I’m relevant!”

      • Read my Post Nobel laureate Palin. Imagine her in any form of government

        • I just did. That was a good one! You know, I consider myself pretty average and think that about half the people in the US are smarter than I am. Then I read some of the comments on AOL and lower that amount to 5%. And just think how many of them are allowed to vote!

          • Paraphrasing an infamous man, I like it when the people don’t think, it makes it that much easier for me.. Educated masses are dangerous…

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  15. yahtzeebutterfly

    Apparently, Kim Davis was moved to become a Christian about 4 years ago. Perhaps the emphasis of the church she became involved with/connected with was on being born again so that she could put what she considered her “sins” behind her.

    Some types of fundamental churches emphasize morality and sins in order to gather in and offer a fresh start to people. The problem occurs when such churches only nurture such people by feeding them morality lessons and by connecting salvation only to repentance instead of also emphasizing Biblical teachings on love, being nonjudgmental, helping others, and being altruistic.

    I think the result such a fundamentalist type of approach leads to mechanical “rule following” and, thus, a desire/imagined-calling to control other people. Spiritual growth then becomes stunted, and such fundamentalist followers never have a chance to begin to comprehend God’s spirit and love.

    • I’ve always believed that how you ACT 7 days a week is more important than where you go on Sunday (or Friday or Saturday…choose your poison).

    • Yahtzee,
      I read that Kim Davis belongs to the Apostolic denomination. Of those churches and members that I am familiar with in that denomination, the church promotes a superficial, outward appearance of faith. The women are not allowed to cut their hair, wear makeup, nor pants. They cannot polish their nails, nor wear jewelry beyond a wedding band and wristwatch. Skirts and dresses have to be long. In other words, the men fight against lusts that they blame women for.

      Here’s Jesus Christ;
      Luke 11:39
      “Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.”

      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Thanks for the info, Xena.

        I found this article which points out that the Apostolic denomination interprets the Bible literally and that it is God’s law that is to be followed.

        From the article:

        “So how did Davis become the center of a national firestorm? That has a lot to do with how the legal advocates who share Davis’s belief that the Bible, not civil law, is the ultimate authority, took that belief to court.”


        Although conservative Christian lawyers couch their legal claims in the more palatable “religious freedom” argument, Christian legal education is explicitly designed to train lawyers to represent someone like Davis, a plaintiff who purports to make a religious freedom claim, but actually aims to litigate the very essence of authority.

  16. From what I understand that when Davis was elected to her position the law in Kentucky still defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The Supreme Court changed that. When she was elected to office she also swore to uphold the laws and her defiance to do so now shows she is not upholding her oath or job.

    I have no issues with one’s religious beliefs but when she refused to do her job she was now forcing her beliefs on others. When the law changed and conflicted with her beliefs she should have resigned. A person should not force their beliefs on employers or those that they serve…..what’s next……shopping at a Wal-Mart and having to find a clerk who will scan your bacon or shellfish because a Jewish or Muslim might refuse to because it’s against their religion? Or the recent news of a woman who is a flight attendant on a specilized airliner and no longer wants to touch or serve alcohol. They accommodated her in the beginning until those who had to also do her job started to complain, not to mention that this airliner has planes so small she might be the only attendant. The list is endless and could go on….work in a bookstore and refuse to sell a book on witchcraft or fifty shades of grey because it’s against your beliefs.

    Practice the religion of your choice, believe what you choose to believe but it is also my right not to believe what others believe and not have their beliefs forced on me. But more important don’t take a job or stay in one that conflict with your beliefs or where you feel you might be forced to impose it on others.

  17. Anyone notice the thumbs up pic of her husband? In my lifetime interracial marriage was still illegal in 1/3 of the U.S. Kentucky was one of the 16 states bound to the1967 US Supreme Court ruling on Loving v. Virgina.

    Can’t help but wonder if her church was around then what their miscegenation policies and related scriptures were.

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  19. yahtzeebutterfly

    Off topic:

    On the open discussion page, I have posted both on the second hearing that will take place today in the Freddie Gray case and also on the DOJ’s excessive force trial against Alabama Ofc. Eric Parker where yesterday the jury went into deliberation.

    Here are the two links to my posts on the open discussion page in case you wish to follow developments today:

    Freddie Gray case:

    Ofc. Eric Parker trial:

    • Yahtzee,
      Thanks for the updates. The new computer is almost completely setup so I’m hoping to be back to writing/blogging by tomorrow. This old one shuts down when it feels like it. I appreciate you keeping us updated.

      You are precious.

  20. yahtzeebutterfly

    philip harris ‏@pharris830 58m58 minutes ago
    …Some #KimDavis religion!

  21. yahtzeebutterfly

    Cartoonists continue to come up with great stuff:

    • I don’t know where you keep coming up with these yahtzeebutterfly, but Kim Davis is definitely giving cartoonists a field day!

      • yahtzeebutterfly

        Linda, this is not a cartoon but a photo that people have kept posting. I finally figured out why (I am in the slow group) :

  22. The other good news: Kimmie is getting sued by Survivor for using Eye of the Tiger 🙂

  23. yahtzeebutterfly

    It’s time to play ”Name That Verse!”

    (Applause from audience)

    Emcee: ”Our show today, broadcast from the studio of Looney-Times, is brought to you by the makers of Sugar Pops

    “Today’s contestants are Kim, the self-proclaimed Chosen One of God, and Zim, the self-proclaimed God’s Plan Man.

    Zim and Kim, I know that you both have had time behind bars to read the Bible. Let’s see if
    you profited (pun, intended) during that jail-time reading.

    “Alright, here is our first verse for you to name. Hit your bell buttons as soon as you recognize the verse and can cite the Biblical book, chapter, and verse.”

    ”Thou shalt not…. “ (Dinging is heard at the same moment from both contestants.)

    Zimmie: “Thou shalt not commit adultery….Exodus 20 Ch. v. 14 “

    Kimmie: “Thou shalt not kill….Exodus Ch.20 v. 13”

    Emcee: “You are both correct. It is interesting, Kim and Zim which verses you each chose to give recognition to and quote.

    We’ll be right back after this word from our sponsor:”

    • Haha! Zimmie committed adultery and killed. Kim should read Titus 3:1;

      “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,”

    • It’s a shame they can’t just deactivate her key card (or however she accesses the building) and let her stand out on the sidewalk. Maybe it will rain!

  24. Yahtzeebutterfly: I’ve been forwarding your cartoons to my friend in Germany who is about as gay as they come. Also sent Xena’s “Cell Block Tango.” Can’t wait to hear back from him next week! He will love these!

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Hi Linda,

      Aren’t those cartoonists talented!

      I know your friend will enjoy them.

      Have a great weekend 🙂

  25. I’ve heard the Oath Keepers are on their way to defend her.

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      I wonder if Kim Davis knew that by joining the Apostolic church at the request of the dying mother of her present husband would lead to her being so brainwashed that she is unable to realize she is a political pawn of the Liberty lawyers and Oath Keepers??

      “Although conservative Christian lawyers couch their legal claims in the more palatable “religious freedom” argument, Christian legal education is explicitly designed to train lawyers to represent someone like Davis, a plaintiff who purports to make a religious freedom claim, but actually aims to litigate the very essence of authority.”

      ” Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason”

      • Wow, yahtzeebutterfly! That’s some serious stuff and a couple of frightening reads on how some people’s minds work!

        • Many people embrace a religion that agrees with their own prejudices and also their impression of their natural father when growing up. As a child, if led to believe that dad favors some children over others, they will look for a religion where their Father does the same.

          That is also why there are many people who live by righteous spiritual principles today but who say they are not “religious.” It’s because the God that man represents to them is not the Christ of the Bible. If I had not walked this walk with Christ, and my first experience knowing God was via Kim Davis and her church, I would run in the opposite direction.

  26. yahtzeebutterfly

    “How to Silence idiotic Kim Davis supporters”

  27. yahtzeebutterfly

    Lawrence Smith ‏@LASmithReports
    #KimDavis says she’s in difficult spot — “it’s my conscious or my job.” #RowanCounty

    #KimDavis says she will NOT allow any marriage license to be issued under her authority #RowanCounty

    #KimDavis urges @GovSteveBeshear & legislators to take action #RowanCounty

    #KimDavis says she will not stop clerks from issuing license stating it was issued under federal court order.

    #KimDavis says license will not contain her name or title. She does not know if they will be legal.

    #KimDavis action appears to comply with court order.

    #KimDavis says she will not prevent her deputies from issuing the revised license.

    Strange scene with media crowding clerk’s office but nothing happening. Possible no one could come for license today

  28. yahtzeebutterfly

    ACLU National ‏@ACLU 32m32 minutes ago
    “Today we filed a brief on behalf of the couples still awaiting valid marriage licenses in Rowan County, KY #KimDavis”

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