A tearful but defiant Kim Davis returned to work Monday, saying she would continue to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, while also claiming that any same-sex marriage licenses issued by her deputy clerks would be “unauthorized.”
Speaking outside the Rowan County Courthouse, Davis said she is being “forced to disobey her God” by allowing her office to issue licenses to gay couples. The following is an excerpt from her statement:
Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me.
Whether I personally issue the license or whether one of my deputies issues it, the result is the same. The license is issued under the authority of Kim Davis, County Clerk of Rowan County.
I don’t want to have this conflict. I don’t want to be in the spotlight, and I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post; I am no hero. I just want to serve my neighbors quietly without violating my conscience. And so this morning, I am forced to fashion a remedy that reconciles my conscience with Judge Bunning’s orders. Effective immediately and until an accommodation is provided by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me.
I want the whole world to know … If any [deputy clerk] feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice, and I will take no action against them. However, any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it. Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order.
Joe. My. God. reports that inside the clerk’s office some Christians shouted abuse about eternal damnation and “homosexual sodomy” as Mason filled out the paperwork granting a marriage license to the lesbian couple. However, it should also be noted that marriage equality supporters cheered as Mason processed the license, chanting “Love wins!”
Earlier this month Davis spent five days behind bars for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses — something she is legally obligated to do under state and federal law.
It now seems apparent that Davis will continue to refuse to do her job, and continue to collect her paycheck, all the while claiming she is the victim of Christian persecution.