Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for five days in 2015 after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences, snuggled up to a man in a frock when she arrived in Romania to stoke up hatred.
According to this report, America’s right-wing Liberty Counsel, which represented Davis when she got herself into hot water over her homophobia, says Davis and the group’s Vice President of Legal Affairs, Harry Mihet, are touring the Eastern European country to discuss the dire effects of same-sex marriage in the US, and to support Romania’s campaign to block legal recognition of such unions there.
The pair, according to a Liberty Council press release:
Are holding conferences in Romania’s largest cities, including Bucharest, Cluj, Sibiu, Timisoara and Iasi. Their message is simple and based upon the recent lessons learned in the United States: same-sex ‘marriage’ and freedom of conscience are mutually exclusive, because those who promote the former have zero tolerance for the latter.
Davis, who remains Rowan County’s clerk, was jailed for contempt after refusing to issue marriage licenses in compliance with the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made it legal for gays and lesbians to marry in every state. Her office now issues licenses without her signature.
Davis and Mihet will be in Romania for nine days, according to a Liberty Counsel press release.
Romania does not currently recognise same-sex marriage, nor does any neighboring country. Liberty Counsel says Davis and Mihet, however, are supporting a petition requesting a referendum to add a same-sex marriage ban to the nation’s constitution.
Davis and Mihet, who is originally from Romania, have met with Orthodox church leaders, members of the country’s parliament and are giving “numerous television and radio interviews,” according to the release.
After Davis refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, citing “God’s law” as her reason, it emerged that she personally has been married four times to three different men.
Holly Meade, a spokeswoman for Liberty Counsel, said that rather than hypocrisy, Davis’ personal history shows “the amazing grace of God to use someone like that” and that “her past is forgiven.”
The zealots’ visit to Romania coincides with a directive on religious freedom issued last week by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Commenting on that memo, Adalia Woodbury, writing for PoliticusUSA, said:
The Sessions memo provides bigots with religious cover to deny services, employment, housing or healthcare to people they don’t like, under the pretence that such barbarity is sanctioned by God. It can also result in denial of treatment by doctors and denial of prescribed medication by pharmacists, under the pretense that this has anything to do with morality or religion.
It’s a nightmare scenario that bears strong resemblance to the conditions women are subjected to under ISIS.
None of this is surprising to anyone who knew who Donald Trump is. It doesn’t surprise anyone with even a passing understanding of the belief systems that Trump’s coalition of racists, theocrats and fascists represent.
The combination of drama, Orwellian policy, Trump’s latest comments and gestures are designed to shock, traumatise, overwhelm and envelope us in the darkness of authoritarianism.
Knowing and understanding it matters. Resisting it matters more.