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

  1. Marsha Lewis says:

    Only in Kentucky can fools like these be elected to office.

  2. dcinsider says:

    That makes me feel much better.

  3. Butch1 says:

    I’ll try and be very, very careful. ;-)

  4. dcinsider says:

    I’d guess he’s outside of Pikeville right now if you want to drive by and make sure he’s OK and not already pushed off the road and into a ditch somewhere, god forbid. Just be careful because sometimes you can miss him and not even know that your side bumper swiped him and knocked him off the road. So again, be real careful.

  5. Butch1 says:

    He’s just a fraud; if you look closely his snakes are garter snakes.

  6. Butch1 says:

    Do you have the times he’ll be on the road so we can really be “safe and looking out for him?” (heh heh)

  7. Butch1 says:

    Really? Well if he bothers me with that nonsense it’s my job to tell him to piss off.

  8. kimn8r says:

    I believe Casey Davis would actually “bath them with the blood of Jesus” in the most literal sense. I sure hope we don’t read a future story where a man possessed by such beliefs, acts on them. Perhaps he should get some counseling.

  9. emjayay says:

    “…or even die fighting against marriage equality.”

    Yeah, being a county clerk while refusing to do your job puts you in the life-threatened position of a Christian vs. lions in the Colosseum, or a doctor running a clinic that does abortions according to the law. You just never know when all those AK-47 toting hordes of the gays are going to get you.

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  11. Don Chandler says:

    He’s a very important man in his eensy weensy world.

  12. dcinsider says:

    I read where he began a bike ride today to support his “sister” Kim Davis. Gee, I hope he doesn’t get hit by a car or anything because he could get seriously hurt on the road from Pikeville to Peducah. That seems so dangerous.

    Safe travels Casey. :)

  13. NavyBlues05 says:

    Someone up there with some common sense tell this fool to duggar off!!

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  15. LasloPratt says:

    D’ya think he’d still be employed if he were to insist on telling couples about “Allah” instead of “Jesus”? Or is it rude to even ask such a question???

  16. crazymonkeylady says:

    Gee, I wish I could do something so bad that Casey Davis would end up in Hell! But since I am an atheist, it’s all just a dream.

  17. TampaZeke says:

    Exactly! His civil rights aren’t being abridged since being a county clerk isn’t a civil right but the civil rights of the people he is denying licenses to, based on his religious belief, are being abridged since civil marriage is a civil right.

  18. TampaZeke says:

    They won’t need to be removed from office if a judge orders them to issue licenses, resign or go to jail and they won’t be able to run for the office again if they’re sitting in jail for contempt of court.

  19. Billy Weeder says:

    Looks like the Kentucky taxpayers need to start voting out these idiots. Otherwise it will cost them a few million in new taxes to pay for the litigation. Stupid cons.

  20. 2karmanot says:

    Well, if he is a true Christian he should, without haste, demand crucifixion martyrdom. I’ll bring the popcorn.

  21. John Smith says:

    And it is the job of the Kentucky AG to charge him with collecting his salary under false pretences

  22. John Calendo says:

    Is legal action being taken again Casey Davis?

  23. nicho says:

    This is what happens when you spend too much time handling snakes on a Sunday morning.

  24. Glen Thompson says:

    Casey Davis? Oh gawd, please, please, put him in leather!! (heavy panting from up North)

  25. BeccaM says:

    He looks more like a Grindr kind of guy to me.

  26. dcinsider says:

    Casey Davis meet Ashley Madison.

  27. BeccaM says:

    Y’know, if Casey Davis wants to be a gay-obsessed homophobic bigot, that’s well within his rights, same as it was my father’s right to be a racist bigot. If Davis’ beliefs are that he’s supposed to hate gay people, so be it.

    But in this case, since Davis doesn’t want to do his job as required under the law — and as an elected public servant, he’s not supposed to get to choose what laws he wishes to obey and which civil rights he cares to respect in the performance of his official duties as a county clerk — he ought to resign immediately. And if he wants to spend his time telling LGBT people we’re all going to hell, he ought to take up preaching — I hear there’s gobs of money to be made in god-bothering and hate-mongering.

    As for whether these elected officials can be removed from office, I guess that depends on the Kentucky state constitution. There are often measures short of official legislative impeachment for lower-level officeholders for dismissing someone who has announced they plan to break the law or are otherwise incapable of doing the job for which they were elected.

  28. Indigo says:

    They’re having a lot of trouble there in Kentucky trying to break free from the Constitution. Thing is, I don’t see much government intervention happening.

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