In a stunning display of hypocrisy, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis' supporters urged the Rowan County deputy clerks working under Davis to follow their oaths and not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"Supporters of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples due to her religious beliefs, said on Wednesday that any of her deputies who provide such documents without her permission should be fired.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis released on Tuesday after six days in jail, warning her not to interfere with her deputy clerks who are issuing the licenses, or face further sanctions.
Bunning had found Davis, clerk for Rowan County in eastern Kentucky, in contempt after she stopped issuing licenses to any couples, citing her belief as an Apostolic Christian that a marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
The issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky and other states has become the latest focal point in the long-running debate over gay marriage in the United States.
Ante Pavkovic, one of the people who helped organize pro-Davis rallies outside the Grayson, Kentucky, detention center where Davis was jailed, lectured the deputy clerks not to violate their oaths of office, like Bunning and the U.S. Supreme Court justices who backed gay marriage did.
'Do not join them in this any further, and if you can’t do that, then you should just quit,' Pavkovic, 49, of North Carolina, said, standing in the clerk’s office in Morehead, Kentucky.
He waved a sign in the faces of the deputy clerks that read, 'Fire the cowardly clerks that are lawbreakers.' He was asked to leave by a deputy sheriff." [Emphasis ours]
We emphasized the bit we found the most mind-boggling. We're not sure if it's a cunning rhetorical twist turning a pro-marriage equality talking point on its head (unlikely) or a ridiculously self-unaware statement (probably), but this supporter is calling on Kim Davis' deputy clerks to either follow the law or quit.
Except the deputy clerks aren't breaking the law. Last week, Judge Bunning ordered that the deputy clerks begin issuing marriage licenses following the jailing of Davis, and they have. These county employees are dutifully fulfilling the job they are paid to do, unlike Kim Davis. In fact, one deputy clerk has even announced that he will continue issuing marriage licenses upon Davis' return, whether she wants him to or not.
Since the beginning of the Kim Davis debacle, a number of obtuse and offensive things have been said, like comparing Davis to Jews living in Nazi Germany or civil rights heroes. To suggest that Rowan County deputy clerks are the ones to be ashamed of themselves just adds the dressing to this word salad.