Kim Davis Busted Tampering with Marriage Licenses, Could Be Heading Back to Jail

kim-davis-kentucky-hypocriteWhile it seems like the Kim Davis controversy might be subsiding just a bit, I wouldn’t be shocked if all hell breaks loose again soon. She’s still currently (and foolishly) trying to find some court in this country that will tell her that she’s allowed to ignore Constitutional law, and it’s still well-known that she doesn’t want anyone in her office issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

So, while gay couples are currently being issued licenses by the deputies in her office, it doesn’t shock me to read a report from the Associated Press that claims Ms. Davis has been tampering with these licenses in an attempt to completely remove her name from them. Not only is she going against a judge’s order not to interfere in any way with the issuing of these licenses, but her tampering with these documents has raised concerns that her actions might nullify their legality. In other words, she’s still trying to infringe upon the rights of gay Americans.

This is why I’ve said that those celebrating the fact that same-sex couples are being issued marriage licenses in Davis’s office really shouldn’t be celebrating quite yet. Now she’s apparently tampering with official legal documents in what I believe is an attempt by her to try to argue that none of these licenses were legal because they didn’t bear her name.

Now I wrote about this whole controversy at length last week, but I wanted to emphasize this issue more because I’m still disgusted by what’s being allowed to happen in Kentucky.

I’ve said from the beginning that I do not support any form of “compromise” which allows Kim Davis to keep her job unless she agrees to stop discriminating against same-sex couples. It’s clear that even just her presence in that office is still causing problems.

Not only that, but this is still an issue about equality and the Constitutional rights of Americans.

What if a gay couple who wants to be treated just like any straight couple would be who entered her office looking to get a marriage license wants her signature as the elected county clerk on their license – will they get it? No, they won’t. As an elected official, Kim Davis should not be allowed to refuse to do the job to which she’s legally required to do – which includes signing marriage licenses.

This isn’t about a woman not wanting to sign a document because she believes doing so goes against her religious beliefs. This is about an elected official breaking the law by refusing to do her job. I don’t care if there are “workarounds” to this. The bottom line is, no elected official should be able to pick and choose which Constitutional rights Americans are “allowed” to have. Bans against same-sex marriage were deemed unconstitutional – end of story.

Is this the precedent we’re going to set? Are we really going to say that elected officials, citing their religious beliefs, can demand “accommodations” so that they don’t have to adhere to our Constitutional law? And if so, where does it stop? Is it just elected officials who’ll be able to do this or can everyone? Can doctors deny potentially life-saving treatments to patients if their religious beliefs don’t support providing them that care? Will judges be allowed to rule based upon their religious beliefs rather than our Constitution? What if a Muslim business owner decides it’s against their religion to serve Christians? The chaos that could potentially ensue if Kim Davis is allowed to get her way is seemingly limitless.

So, while it might seem rational to just let Kim Davis not sign these licenses as a “compromise” to avoid further jail time or removing her from office, it’s not. Besides, even this “compromise” they seem to be allowing to continue hasn’t apparently stopped her from trying to interfere in any way that she can with issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Not only that, but the Constitutional laws of the United States should never be up for “compromise” – period.

After all, wasn’t segregation a form of “compromise”? Sure, African-Americans were no longer slaves, and they were “free” to do most things, but there were still clearly laws put in place to treat them differently than white people. They were given “freedom” – with a whole lot of catches and “compromises” to make sure they didn’t tick off racists.

Now I know it might seem petty to some to nitpick at something like a signature on a document, but I completely disagree. Like I said earlier, this is about equality, our Constitution, and an elected official who continues to deny gay Americans their rights by refusing to sign these marriage licenses or even allow her name to appear on them as the law says she must do. 

Every marriage license that’s issued to a gay couple without her name is a piece of paper signifying that a representative of our government willfully defied our laws, treated them without equality and violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights as Americans to equal protections under our laws.

In this country, there should never be any sort of “accommodation” made that allows elected officials to violate the Constitutional rights of Americans as they deem “necessary.”

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • LCrouse

    Kim Davis professes finding the Christian religion and yet has learned nothing about judging others…
    Do Not Judge
    1″Do not judge so that you will not be judged.2″For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3″Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?…
    Cross References
    1 Samuel 15:33
    But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel put Agag to death before the LORD at Gilgal.

    Psalm 109:17
    He loved to pronounce a curse– may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing– may it be far from him.

    Isaiah 33:1
    Woe to you, destroyer, you who have not been destroyed! Woe to you, betrayer, you who have not been betrayed! When you stop destroying, you will be destroyed; when you stop betraying, you will be betrayed.

    Jeremiah 34:17
    “Therefore this is what the LORD says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom to your own people. So I now proclaim ‘freedom’ for you, declares the LORD–‘freedom’ to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.

    Matthew 6:14
    For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

    Mark 4:24
    “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you–and even more.

    Luke 6:38
    Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

    • ShibumiMC

      I really really do not like to see people burning up valuable time and space with quotes from ancient literature that is irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

  • Earth watch police

    They should demand that she do her job or be fired .

  • The biggest obstacle here if that as an elected official she cannot simply be fired, Kentucky legislature must impeach her or she must resign.

    I completely agree with this article, but I also believe that simply placing a line on the license for clerk/deputy signature and removing her name completely would also be reasonable.
    I do not feel in any way that her rights have been violated. she is free to believe what she wants, but she doesn’t have a right to push those beliefs on others, and religious belief has no place on the job. If someone’s religious beliefs go against their work process, then they should have to get a new job. What next? If a construction worker shows up on a worksite and states that physical labor is against their religion are they entitled to keep their job and be paid??

    • jail her until she resigns, end of problem

    • Jim Valley

      Resign or jail. That’s it.

  • Cemetery Girl

    So couldn’t all the couples (and it’s probably heterosexuals and homosexuals) pursue fraud charges? If the paid money for a license that was deliberately nullified, wouldn’t that be fraud?

  • Ellen H.

    I’m just sure she is being bankrolled by someone. Of course she is also probably trying to make the case that Christians are persecuted. She’s just making herself look like the backend of a horse.

    • Jim Valley

      This highlights the major role that superstition plays in some people’s lives.

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  • Eileen Mele

    As long as she’s till there she’s laughing at us. Saying it’s enough, and not getting her out is just a bad joke. She’s in charge. Is that her job description? She’s one powerful person!

  • Alexandria Lee

    The judge who put her in jail does not agree with the laws either. STILL DID HIS DAMNED JOB.

  • ShibumiMC

    “……..she’s still trying to infringe upon the rights of gay Americans.”

    Why do yanks insist on making these things conditional? That woman is not doing her job. And she insists on infringing on basic human rights. The gay factor is not immediately relevant.

    • It is relevant ONLY to her any anyone aligning themselves with her professed superstition.

    • Karen Himura

      THANK YOU! It’s about time someone else said something about Basic human rights instead of the rights of a certain group of people.

  • Edward Krebbs

    I seem to remember she is clerk in Rowan County, KY and makes around $ 80,000 per year.

    According to Wikipedia, Rowan County, KY in 2010 census had a per capita income of $13,888 and median per family of $ 33,081. 21.30 % of population below the poverty line.

    Even if she were doing her job, her salary seems high for the county. Add in that she isn’t doing her job…..

  • I sure hope this legal roundup costs her and her backers financially.
    Let them pay the legal bills and keep it coming.

  • Denisovan alien

    Alexandria Lee. No, I do not agree that the judge did his job. He set a criminal free and is allowing her to ignore the Constitition of the United States. Is it any surprise that other officials will think that they can do it, too. She is disgracing this country and by allowing her to do it, he is NOT doing his job, either. Who is next? Senators, Representatives, Governors?? Oh yeah, Mr. Wallace already tried that and someone shot him. Is it going to come to that?