Kim Davis’s Latest Legal Stunt Proves How Desperate She’s Becoming

kim-davis-religious-hypocrisyYes, I know, people are tired of hearing about Kim Davis. Quite honestly, I’m sick of talking about her. As I’ve said before, this story is about much more than one ignorant woman and her name being on a marriage license. This is about an elected official trying to defy the Supreme Court and deny Americans their Constitutional rights.

I have been steadfast in my assertion that absolutely no accommodations should be made for Kim Davis. She either needs to do her job, resign, or she needs to be removed from office and placed back in jail.

Well, despite the fact that she has no legal leg on which to stand when it comes to this whole situation, it hasn’t stopped Ms. Davis from pointlessly filing numerous court challenges hoping that she can find some way to prevent same-sex marriage licenses from being issued in her office.

Now apparently she’s filed a 40-page court document blaming Kentucky Governor Beshear for all of this. In fact, according to her lawyer, she’s blaming the governor for her being put in jail.

What sort of “logic” is she using to support such an asinine assertion? Well, following the Supreme Court’s ruling in June, Beshear ordered all 120 county clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses or resign. According to Davis’s lawyers, the governor ordering the clerks to issue the licenses is what forced Kim Davis to defy the law, which ultimately led to her spending time in jail.

Let me put that another way. What Kim Davis is now arguing is that the governor of Kentucky ordering elected officials in his state to abide by the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Fourteenth Amendment rights of gay Americans, “forced” her to break the law, which led to her spending five days behind bars.

This has easily been one of the most idiotic stories I’ve ever covered and Kim Davis has absolutely zero chance of being successful in all of this. There’s no court that’s going to take up her argument because this issue has already been settled in the courts. Not only that, but we’ve been though something similar to this in 1967 when bans on interracial marriage were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Court’s June ruling is not unprecedented.

Kim Davis can file document after document after document to whatever court she feels like, but it’s not gong to make a damn bit of difference. The debate over same-sex marriage in this country is over. Hell, even most Republicans – you know, the people who are technically on her “side” when it comes to same-sex marriage – have said she either needs to do her job or resign.

But you know she’s getting desperate when she’s now trying to argue that the governor of Kentucky is to blame for her arrest – because he dared to order elected officials in his state to adhere to our Constitution and the laws of our land.

Sadly, I don’t see this going away anytime soon. It’s clear she’s not going to resign and she’s already potentially facing some legal troubles with accusations that she’s been tampering with marriage licenses. Ultimately, I believe it’s going to take removing her from office to finally put this nonsense to rest.

Then the question is, do the lawmakers of Kentucky have enough courage to do what’s right, or will they continue to allow this circus in their state to operate?

I guess we’ll soon find out.

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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  • Ken McGee

    If you think Kim Davis is intelligent enough to come up with these filings you’re mistaken. She’s being misled by her attorney Mathew Staver. He is the one advising her and coming up with filing after filing. This isn’t about a cause for Mathew Staver and the Liberty Counsel, it’s about raising as much money off of Kim Davis as they can.

  • Jillz

    What drives me crazy about this story is why hasn’t either:

    1) The Legislature reconvened to work on removing her from office (since she refuses to do her job and is therefore wasting taxpayer money).
    2) Her constituency of voters started recall proceedings to remove her from from office (since she refuses to do her job and is therefore wasting taxpayer money).

    • Maggie Pye

      1) Because it will cost the state of Kentucky $65K per day for a special session of the legislature (with no guarantee that she will actually be impeached); the governor has already said that this can be addressed in January when the legislature reconvenes anyway.

      2) There is no recall option in Kentucky (or in most US states, in fact).

      • Jillz

        Thank you, Maggie 🙂 Your explanation makes sense but I’m in shock that there is no recall option for removing an elected official. What recourse do voters have then, when someone they elected to do a certain job refuses to do that job?

      • Cougar Age

        They can put her in jail over and over and over again for contempt. I wish they would again already.

      • Maggie Pye

        She can be impeached (when the legislature is in session again) for failing to fulfill her duties. She can be jailed again for contempt of court. They can vote her out at the next election.

  • Roder51