Rowan County clerk Kim Davis has returned to work today and said that while she personally will not authorize the licenses, she will not block her deputies from issuing them, something that US district court judge David Bunning had sternly warned her from doing.
Davis, who returned to work on Monday, told a news conference any marriage licenses issued would not carry her name, title or her personal authorization. She added she would take no action against deputy clerks who issue licenses, although she does not believe they have the authority to do so.
Nobody gives a damn what her opinions are and whether she thinks the licenses are valid or not. The main issue was that same-sex couples who sought a license should be able to get one from their county office. Nobody cares which person they deal with over the counter. People just want their business taken care of as quickly as possible. It was never about her though she seemed to think it was. For all anyone cares, Davis can burn incense and chant imprecations in her office, raining down curses on everyone who facilitates such marriages, kind of like a low-budget Westboro Baptist Church.
Late last week she had not made her stance clear and her lawyers had raised the possibility of her defying the judge’s orders to not interfere with the issuing of licenses, and making a stand for Jesus. This had caused the Oath Keepers to send in armed people to ‘protect’ her in case the ‘tyrannical’ judge ordered her to go back in jail for contempt. But the first hint that she was not going to defy the judge came yesterday when her lawyers asked the Oath Keepers to stay away and they agreed.
Now that licenses are being issued to all who qualify, no one will pay attention to Davis and she will thankfully become a footnote to history. The Kentucky legislature, when it reconvenes in January, will likely pass legislation to prevent other egomaniacal county clerks from gumming up the works in future and wasting everyone’s time and money and causing unnecessary anguish to people who simply want their clerks to do their jobs and not make every simple bureaucratic measure a statement of their love for their god.
Thus ends Davis’s grand martyrdom for Jesus, not with a bang but a whimper. It looks like her five days in jail for contempt, while not quite as painful as three days on the cross, was suffering enough for her to make her decide that it was time to throw in the towel.
UPDATE: Here is Davis making a statement outside her office this morning, displaying all the self-righteousness we’ve come to expect from born-again Christians asking people to be tolerant and accommodating of their beliefs while they use those same beliefs to be intolerant and deny the rights of others.