Different Kentucky clerk named Davis claims its his job to tell gays they’re going to Hell

A county clerk in Kentucky named Davis is insisting that they don’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And it isn’t the one you’re thinking of.

In a positively bonkers interview with a West Virginia radio station, Casey County clerk Casey Davis said that he is willing to go to prison and even die fighting against marriage equality, and that his religion obligates him to not only refuse Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s directive to issue marriage licenses to all couples, but to remind same-sex couples that they are living in sin and condemned to Hell. Here’s the audio of that segment of the interview, from Right Wing Watch:

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As Davis said, his religion requires him to tell gays that they need to be “washed in the blood of Jesus Christ,” or else they are condemned to an eternity of hellfire. He then compared homosexuality to a host of other sins that would otherwise require a religious intervention:

When you stand for what’s right and when you tell someone of the danger that they are in, and I think that when a person lives a lifestyle of sin whether it is homosexuality or drunkenness or drug addiction or adultery or thievery or any kind of sin that you continue in or live in, you are endangering yourself of spending eternity in Hell.

Of course, from a legal standpoint, it’s fine if Davis’s religion requires him to believe these things, and even to say these things to LGBT people. They may not respond well, but he’s allowed to say them.

But of course, Davis’s job requires that he doesn’t say these things. At least not while he’s at work.

Davis, clearly not on board with this idea, went on, suggesting that he really is a minister of God — bordering on a prophet — whose purpose is to remind everyone that the laws of his personal God “supersede” those of the nation:

God’s placed me here so that I can tell people, “Hey there is a higher power that we need to answer to, and it’s not people who wear black robes, it’s the one that wears the white robe.”

Here’s the audio of that segment:

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Casey Davis, screenshot via YouTube

Casey Davis, screenshot via YouTube

Unlike Kim Davis, the other Kentucky county clerk named Davis who’s been notably unwilling to do her job and issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, Casey Davis has at least been proactive in suggesting a workable alternative, asking Governor Beshear to create an online system by which the state could issue marriage licenses. Although, going down what is becoming a familiar train of Christian thought, by suggesting this alternative this would make Davis complicit in the ratification of same-sex marriages, making him guilty, as well. I’ll leave it to the theologians for hire at Wheaton College to figure that one out.

Throughout all of these brouhahas with Kentucky clerks named Davis, keep in mind that they are elected officials. As they aren’t appointed, it’s unclear as to whether Governor Beshear can remove them from office, or if Kentucky is stuck with them either until the next election cycle or until they quit.

Or maybe longer. In last year’s election, Casey Davis ran unopposed for his seat. Kim Davis, on the other hand, received only 53 percent of the vote, receiving 3909 votes to her opponent’s 3444. It’s worth noting that I couldn’t find the result of Davis’s election online, and had to call her office for the result. Rowan County, Kentucky has received a failing grade for transparency and accountability from Ballotpedia.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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