Kim Davis: “I’m prepared to go to jail” over refusal to do job

Insisting that “This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me,” Kim Davis told Todd Starnes in an interview published this morning that she is “prepared to go to jail” over her repeated refusal to fulfill her responsibilities as Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk and issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

It’s good she’s thought this through, because jail is usually where people go when they repeatedly refuse to follow the law.

Of course, sending Kim Davis to jail is exactly what she wants. That’s how you get the appearance on O’Reilly and the GoFundMe page and the book deal. By openly daring the courts to put her behind bars, Davis is trying to upgrade the “family business” (Davis and her mother have combined to hold the Rowan County Clerk position for nearly 70 consecutive years, despite a close call in last year’s election).

That’s why Davis is sticking around despite knowing, deep down, how ridiculous her arguments are. As she told Starnes, explaining why she chose not to step down in light of the Obergefell ruling: “I would have to either make a decision to stand or I would have to buckle down and leave…And if I left, resigned or chose to retire, I would have no voice for God’s word.”

Kim Davis

Kim Davis

Which is both not true and completely irrelevant. You aren’t supposed to have a voice for God’s word in your capacity as a public official, and you absolutely do have a voice for God’s word as a private citizen. Not for nothing, you also have a voice for God’s word in jail — in a 2012 Pew survey of prison chaplains, 73 percent said that it was either very or somewhat common for inmates to proselytize to or convert one another.

As I write this, Kim Davis is explaining to U.S. District Judge David Bunning why she should not be held in contempt of court for her refusal to obey the law — a law she maintains it is “factually impossible” for her to comply with. But given how ridiculous her defense is, and how clearly she stands on the wrong side of the legal question at hand, it’s clear that this isn’t a legal or even a Heaven or Hell issue for Davis anymore; it’s a money issue.

And as far as that’s concerned, she’s in great shape.


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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