Add adultery to the list of sins Kim Davis can live with ahead of same-sex marriage

When she refused to issue marriage licenses yesterday, Kim Davis sternly, emphatically asserted that she was doing to “under God’s authority,” later telling a gay couple that, “I’m willing to face my consequences as you all will face your consequences when it comes time for judgment.”

In a statement released later in the day, Davis said she couldn’t “violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage,” which everyone else following the story found one part laughable and one part insulting given that Davis has been married four times.

But we already knew that.

What we didn’t know, until yesterday, was that not only is Davis thrice-divorced, but that her children were conceived in sin, as it were. From US News:

[Davis] gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. Davis worked at the clerk’s office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried.

Given the situation as described, it sounds like the law Davis should really be fighting is the one against polygamy, not the one affirming marriage equality.

But for Biblical scholar Kim Davis, adultery should be a pretty big problem, as it doesn’t take too careful a reading of the Bible to know that God hates adulterers much, much more than he hates gays. Never mind the fact that God sets a pretty low bar for the sin — one can commit adultery for so much as reading a graphic novel or getting a divorce (unless someone was getting some on-the-side strange; then divorce is negotiable). But setting that aside, God has a special kind of hatred for conceiving children with men who are not your husband, not only condoning but mandating abortion in such cases.

But no matter. For Davis, these past crimes against God are irrelevant because it was only after her three divorces and adulterous children that she came to Jesus. From a statement Davis released yesterday:

Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.

Oh, pardon me. I wasn’t aware that none of your sexual and familial history mattered because one of your four mothers in law apparently found you so sinful that her dying wish was for you to find Jesus and stop being — what’s the Christian word for it? — a harlot. That’s all in the past, so we should just get over it. But as for the current marriages that Christian county clerks are supposed to execute as secular public servants? Judge on. As Dan Savage wrote yesterday:

Kim Davis

Kim Davis

It’s a pretty neat trick: If I bring up Kim Davis’s four marriages, I’m being rude and mean-spirited and her first three marriages are in the past and she’s saved now and fuck you, gaywad. (That’s the reaction you get on Twitter when you mention Davis’s three divorces and four marriages.) But it’s not rude and mean-spirited for Kim Davis to tell same-sex couples that they’re sick and sinful and going to hell (opinions she’s free to hold) and to further prevent these couples from freely exercising their civil and secular right to wed (something Davis, as a public servant, is not free to do)—and somehow it’s not dangerous for the goons at Liberty Counsel cram this new and potentially destabilizing definition of “religious freedom” down all of our throats. (A pluralistic, multi-cultural, multi-denominational, multi-faith society where “them’s my religious beliefs!” is legitimate grounds for Americans discriminate against each other? That sounds like fun.)

If Kim Davis were only a private citizen, none of her marital or sexual history would be worth looking into or writing about. Private citizens who are opposed to same-sex marriage are more than welcome to be massive hypocrites, having as many divorces and committing as much adultery as they please without making the front page of the New York Times. But public officials — hypocrites or not — have to perform their secular, public functions.

If Davis won’t, someone soon will.


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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  • Minas Mom

    so now it’s come out that she LIED about a prayer rally on her behalf? So this “christian” is a liar, adulterer, steals her paycheck from the tax paying voters. what else Kim?

  • Tasha Geechi Bolden

    right! wonder if she will quote scripture or cuss them out lmaoooooooooo

  • Mark Trombolo

    When is comes to gluttony, the Bible lays down some heavy literal and figurative fat shaming, just saying..add another sin to her list

  • George Vreeland Hill

    Kim Davis is a pathetic attention getter.
    This is really going to be bad for her in the end because she is being exposed as a phony.

    George Vreeland Hill

  • Moderator3

    Since you have chosen to post this at more than one blog, you are quite close to being a spammer.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Who’s brand of Christianity is correct? I’m ELCA, and the ELCA sees no evil between a loving same gender couple. The ELCA is a very large denomination, so are you saying they are all wrong? To say so is a great show of hubris.

    Kim Davis has always had a legitimate way out of this. If she can’t perform the duties of her office, she should resign. She is an elected official, and can only be impeached from her office. She cannot be impeached until the state legislator is in session.

    Perhaps you need to read Matthew 22:21.

  • John Espinosa

    Kim Davis should have been suspended or terminated but not jailed. Judge David Bunning said Davis would be released only when she agreed to follow his order and issue marriage licenses. While it is true that no one but God can judge whether a person is going to hell or not, the bible tells us that we have obligation to judge whether an act is right or wrong, good or evil. People in the gay/lesbian community are in fact saying “I want to do what I want to do and don’t care what God says or whether I go to hell or not”. But it’s their choice. All of us have free will and just because Kim Davis has been married four times does not mean it is too late to repent and refuse to sin anymore.
    In fact, her refusal to go against God’s laws is actually purifying her of the wrongs she may have done. We have all sinned but we have the choice to continue or to stop. The gay/lesbian lifestyle is like anti-freeze to the soul. Anti-freeze is sweet and delicious to the taste but is poison to our bodies which is why some people use it to poison rodents, pests and even stray cats. You can say that Kim is stupid for doing what she is doing but while she is in prison only temporarily, the judge that
    ordered her to prison is following an evil stance that only puts him in spiritual danger of losing his eternal soul. As Christians, we must obey God laws and sometimes Christians must disobey
    an evil law in order to obey God. To claim otherwise is to going against America’s founding fathers, who if they hadn’t revolted, there would be no America today. Think about that.

  • goulo

    I wish some reporter would directly ask her what Jesus said about same-sex marriage and where that is in the Bible.

    Her awkward inability to answer could be fun, like when Stephen Colbert asked Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who was pushing for publicly posting 10 Commandments in schools and courtrooms, to actually name them, and he could only name 3 of them. :)

  • DoverBill

    Ugh!

    Who would ever want to fuck this… thing, let alone marry it multiple times?

    Someone just ruined my dinner.

  • Joshua

    She got saved from her sins

  • borbor1

    Bitch you don’t work for god.

  • ComradeRutherford

    “I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage.”

    Apparently she does not know that God believes that lying is an even worse sin than signing one’s name to a legal document.

    Jesus had NOTHING to say about gay marriage.

    Kim Davis is a common liar. Her ‘religious conviction’ is undermined by her brazen lying. She has ZERO credibility.

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  • goulo

    I still remember an excellent article I read years ago which I occasionally try to find without success (web searching for “abortion hypocrisy” returns a huge amount of hits written from both sides, alas) by a sociologist who did some interesting quantitative research and interviews. (I.e. not just an opinion/argument essay like most of the “abortion hypocrisy” web search results give.)

    It was interesting how many anti-choice women admitted to having had abortions but rationalized that their situation was exceptional and clearly different from the “usual / common” (in their mind) situation of some stereotypical lower class slut just wanting to have sex all the time and use abortion as birth control…. There was a strong element of elitism/classism to their attitudes. As you say, “All for me, none for thee!”

    The sad thing is that often a judgmental person has a change of heart when they find themselves in the difficult situation about which they’ve been judging other people, and they become more empathetic and enlightened… but that wasn’t the case here. :(

  • The_Fixer

    Indeed.

    I read an article about that once. It was about clinic employees seeing protesters out in front of the place one day, and then in for an abortion the next. After they had the abortion, they were right back out front protesting.

    All for me, none for thee.

  • nicho

    Apparently, she IS the sperm bank.

  • Does Davis or her Rowan County Clerk’s office ask prospective marriage license applicants if the woman involved is a virgin? Or if either of them has been divorced — because the Bible is clear in stating that a widowed woman may only marry her brother-in-law (even if he already has one wife, she can marry too anyway) and that’s it. A divorced woman is expected to remain so for the rest of her natural life; men can remarry, but only if they find another father willing to sell/dowry them a virgin daughter.

    I suppose another question would be whether she makes sure appropriate Biblically-required dowries have been paid to the fathers of the virgin brides, otherwise the marriages shouldn’t be allowed at all. Did Davis’ four husbands pay her father the appropriate dowries and just out of curiosity, how much did they give? Was it at least 50 shekels worth, adjusted for inflation and modern currencies? Did husbands 2 through 4 know they were breaking Christian law by marrying a divorcee and adulterer?

    Does she ever ask if either of the marriage license applicants has indulged in adulterous behavior, because as she herself should know from being an adulterer too, those who have sinned in this way are supposed to be banned from marrying. (And stoned to death, actually.)

    As far as I know, the Rowan County Clerk’s office does not inquire as to the religious beliefs of marriage license applicants, or the lack thereof. According to her own religion, nobody but Christians are supposed to be qualified. How come she’s not making sure she issues licenses only to Christian believers?

    Now then, I would suppose that Davis’ own repeated acts of adultery could be covered under the “Jesus Saved Me” exemption…but his followers are also clear about saying he “didn’t change the Biblical laws” — which is why they feel free to hate gay people, even though Jesus also (allegedly) said nobody was supposed to be judging others. (Another of Davis’ many transgressions…) But why the ala carte Christianity?

    Oh right — God’s and Jesus’ supposed commandments only matter when they’re convenient. And when they appear to give permission to do the discriminating and hating you wanted to do all along.

    One angle that was never changed or rescinded had to do with the role of women, and it’s clear that women are to obey men and have no dominion over them. In fact, no part of the Bible ever rescinds the rules stating women are supposed to be the property of the men who own them — father or husband or nearest male relative. So what exactly is Ms. Davis doing holding an elected office where she has repeatedly disobeyed the lawful commands of menfolk?

  • nicho

    She’d be in jail now.

  • nicho

    “Trouser snakes?”

  • AndInThisCorner

    Yup good ole christian hypocrites! I would have so much more patience and respect for christians if they actually lived by their own rules instead of being total hypocrites.
    The Amish for example, don’t agree with them but I respect them for the convictions of their beliefs…

  • goulo

    That would be a very interesting case indeed!

  • goulo

    It reminds me of the hypocrisy of anti-abortion opponents who want abortion to be illegal but are nonetheless willing to rationalize their own discreet abortion when needed.

  • Someone explain to her that when Jesus exclaims “Oh, Mary!” this look just isn’t what he means.

  • The_Fixer

    Funny how judgment is not to be used against her, but generously dished out against those with whom she would disagree.

    Yes, another scriptural miracle (among so many others), something can be inflexible and flexible at the same time.

    Add to that the fact that these people use being “born again” as some kind of get-out-of-jail-free card, and you have that which is the backbone of fundamentalist religious belief – I’ll do what I want, but my belief allows me to escape any consequences.

  • 2karmanot

    Welol, considering how many snakes she has handled I should think a bit of caution is advised.

  • 2karmanot

    Bingo for the day!

  • 2karmanot

    It’s her version of a repentant Mary Madelene with sister-wife hair, smock and mary-janes.

  • Teddy Flyfisher Davis

    I would love to be the fly on the wall when the cops show up with a warrant and haul her ass off to jail for a few months…Along with a termination of employment notice…

  • 2karmanot

    Her V-jayjay has been busier than the Whore of Babylon’s , but gawd forgave her, so she can judge others unto her self…or something.

  • lynchie

    That is right but suppose the gay couples are good christians as many of them are.

  • keirmeister

    As Patton Oswalt has taught us, Jesus is already quite particularly about women’s shoes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq10bz3PxyY&feature=youtu.be&t=2m56s

  • Seriously, if she’s gonna ask Jesus for help with anything, it should be her wardrobe!

    He could make her a fierce ensemble in mere minutes.

  • 2patricius2

    As the words attributed to Herb Caen say: “The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.”

  • Chrissy

    Appear Kim Davis also runs the sperm bank as well

  • gratuitous

    I’d like our newest, bestest biblical scholar Kim Davis to favor us with chapter and verse she found these central teachings of “Scripture and Jesus Himself” regarding marriage? I know that Jesus had some pretty hard things to say about the sort of behavior Mrs. Davis has engaged in, but I am unaware of anything Jesus had to say about same sex relationships.

  • So she’s been born again and her past sins don’t matter. OK. Does she NOW refuse to sign divorce papers for others? How about marriage licenses for couples that have been previously married? What about marriage licenses for non virgins? All of those acts would be considered sins (by the views of her church), yet I’m sure she gladly puts her name on those forms. What a hypocrite!

  • JaneE

    Hey Kim, any of those gays could decide to find Jesus in another 20 or 40 years and then they would be absolved of all their past sins, too – wouldn’t they? If finding Jesus wipes out your sinful marriages (plural), why not theirs? If you let them marry, you would be giving them the same opportunity for forgiveness that you had. Do unto others, and all that.

  • Demosthenes

    This article is wrong! Obviously Ms. Davis has a “top secret” version of the Bible that condones adultery and illegitimacy.

  • therling

    I’d like to see how this would play out if her religious beliefs made her unwilling to issue a firearm license.

  • Funny you should ask. From Twitter yesterday:

  • MoonDragon

    How many 15 minutes does this idiot get?

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