You may recall Casey Davis, the county clerk for Casey County in Kentucky, who decided that his religious beliefs did not permit him to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples but, unlike the clerks in a neighboring county who resigned because of similar beliefs, Davis felt that he had every right to stay in office while not doing his job.
The governor of Kentucky Steve Brashear was having none of it and ordered Davis to issue licenses or resign but Davis is standing, or at least leaning, firm.
Davis said that he was disappointed with the governor and that he would continue to refuse to issue marriage licenses and would not resign.
He acknowledged that he is concerned about being sued or being charged with official misconduct but that he has learned “to lean on the Lord.”
Before entering the meeting with Beshear, Davis, with his wife of 23 years, Christy Davis, at his side, said he was willing to go to jail for his religious beliefs.
“If that’s what it takes to express freedom of religion, I’m willing to do this,” the clerk said.
Davis and others like him face lawsuits and contempt citations, not jail, at least not immediately. He and his supporters want the governor to call a special session of the legislature to address same-sex marriage issues, though what they can do in light of the definitive US Supreme Court ruling is not clear. Some seek to create an online licensing process so that those like Davis who have been washed in the blood of Jesus and are thus pure will not have to taint themselves by physically handling the forms.
Another county clerk named Kim Davis is also refusing to issue same-sex licenses leading to protests.
These religious people are weird.