Kentucky Court Clerk Says He Is Willing To Die Rather Than Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

casey-davis-1Earlier this year, Glenn Beck warned his listeners that there were at least 10,000 American pastors who were willing to die opposing marriage equality. Now a Kentucky court clerk has claimed that he’s willing to die defying the judicial system which has ordered him and other county clerks to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling, or else.

The small group of clerks include Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk I previously wrote about a couple of weeks ago. These clerks have demanded that Governor Beshear call a special session of the Kentucky Legislature, just to pass legislation which would allow them to continue discriminating against same-sex couples, and would certainly open up the state to an incredible legal battle. They have also proposed changing the marriage license forms so that clerks can issue them without a name issuing them, something the legislature also isn’t interested in spending their time on.

Since Governor Beshear has refused to ask the Kentucky Legislature to defy the Supreme Court or cater to the religious whims of these three clerks, they held a rally in Frankfort last weekend and more than 5,000 people showed up to demonstrate that bigotry was alive and well in the Bluegrass State. Then on Monday, Casey County Clerk Casey Davis made an appearance on West Virginia radio station to demand that he be allowed to discriminate, and that he was willing to die for his perceived right to be a dick to people based on his religious views.

Via Right Wing Watch:

“It’s a war on Christianity,” he said. “There is a travesty taking place with that Supreme Court ruling was completely unconstitutional, completely unconstitutional. They have no right to tell us, the state of Kentucky, that our law that was voted with what was 70 percent of the people that it was wrong, they had no right.”

An emotional Davis went on to claim that he may lose his life in defiance of marriage equality: “Our law says ‘one man and one woman’ and that is what I held my hand up and took an oath to and that is what I expected. If it takes it, I will go to jail over — if it takes my life, I will die for because I believe I owe that to the people that fought so I can have the freedom that I have, I owe that to them today, and you do, we all do. They fought and died so we could have this freedom and I’m going to fight and die for my kids and your kids can keep it.” (Source)

If you heard Lee Greenwood’s shitacular country song “God Bless The USA” in the last bit of that rant, you aren’t the only one. That whole rant just takes me back to the time when gay Americans had absolutely zero protections, and Ronald Reagan’s communications director Pat Buchanan claimed that AIDS was “nature’s revenge on gay men.” Remember those days? They weren’t exactly a “Morning In America” for people who weren’t white, heterosexual Christians at a time when the religious right began its rise to power in the Republican Party.

Here’s a novel concept for Casey County Clerk Casey Davis: do your job, or go find another one where following your religious beliefs doesn’t infringe on the constitutional rights of other people. If you seriously believe that issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple will condemn you to eternal punishment, or even that you’re condoning what you think is a sin by signing a court document, then maybe having a government position isn’t for you.


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  • Cynthia Celeste Miller

    So, he wants HIS freedom, but is totally cool with denying gay couples THEIR freedom. Worthless slime.

  • tabbitha

    Fight and die? Who is he going to do that kind of fighting with? There is no army of gay people out here wanting to kill bigoted clerks.

    • ADRalston

      Laughed out loud at that imagery. You win the day!

    • Ben

      For realz LOLed.

  • bfg

    There is no right in the Constitution to not do your job.

  • Tom Somers

    imdeeply saddened by all your comments. clearly are all being bad.

    • BJW

      People are pretty disgusted with the hypocrisy and bigotry. These Christians are opposed to gay marriage, but are fine with marrying adulterers, fornicators, and divorced people. And those things are prohibited by the Bible.

    • kissyface

      i’m deply saddened by people trying to deny others basic human rights based on an invisible imaginary friend

    • Carol J Robertson

      What are you saddened by?

    • Danielle Donovan

      And I’m deep,y saddened because this man has utterly failed to understand the commandment described by His Savior as “the most important of these is love love thy neighbor as they self.” It’s a tragedy when a well-intentioned religion is so twisted out of shape that it no longer even slightly resembles what it looked like in the beginning…or twisted back so far that folks try to pretend that 3,000 years haven’t passed.

  • George

    I will give him the Fucking gun, put in his mouth Already!!!!

    • kissyface

      i’ll pay for the bullet

  • Sorry, bigot, but nobody’s going to make you a martyr – a laughing stock for the ridiculousness of your extreme religious beliefs perhaps, and calling you a buffoon – but nobody is going to do much more than give you the bird. Religious beliefs like yours having caused much grief, harm, and death over the centuries but no harm should or will come to you, so just find another job.

  • Viir Exeter

    Hey, Kentucky Court Clerk, A) good. Prepare to have a litte visit from the Feds, and B))) you’d rather die than issue marriage licenses to gay couples? Who’s stopping you? Do it. And, have a friend video it and put it up on YouTube so we can enjoy it, repeatedly. C) Oh, and if you don’t kill yourself, having “homophobe federal law breaker” on your resume isn’t going to help you get a job in future. Have a nice day.

  • jmark59

    Someone should dress up as the Grim Reaper and visit him at his office and scare him to death.

  • Stein Olsen

    He is willing to die how exactly? From old age? Boredom due to future unemployment? Please tell us what mortal danger you are in you idiot.

  • timinhi

    The guy can’t even speak proper English. How in the world did he get elected to a position of authority in the first place?

    • Lonely Shadow

      I agree.

  • Darlene Welch Williams

    Could this moron get any more dramatic? Talking about dying? Why do these people still have jobs? Anywhere else if a person refused to do their job they would be fired! Why are “religious beliefs” getting a pass??

    • Bgoode

      Elected officials cannot be fired. I know the female clerk in Kentucky was elected so she is like the Big Kahuna clerk. They have 3 options. Judge can hold them in contempt and fine them BIG time, Judge can hold them in contempt and jail them, or the legislatures can hold a special session to remove her from office

  • Jerry Cross

    One day soon I hope they make a pill that will cure gays and lesbians. You people are sick, sick, sick.

    • Lauren

      And your twisted hatred toward people who love each other is sick, sick, sick.

  • Denise Hamilton

    You don’t have to die, dumbass, just go get another job! Better start looking cuz you’re about to be FIRED!!

  • useyourhead22

    All this effort for what? The gay men who she is denying is still having sex, living with each other and doing everything they normally would be doing anyway. So filing a government document that is not even a religious document means that her religion is under attack?

  • Ben

    When are people like this just going to die?

  • Lonely Shadow

    Alright, put him to death.