Rowan County, KY – Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who made international headlines for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses in 2015, has lost her bid for re-election this past Tuesday.
Davis was challenged by Democrat Elwood Caudill, Jr. and lost 54 percent to 46 percent, according to Fox News. Initially a Democrat herself, Davis and Caudill squared off in a 2014 primary where Caudill lost by 23 votes. Later, Davis would switch parties running as a Republican stating that the Democratic Party “abandoned her.”
In 2015, Davis spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to gay couples is guaranteed by the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
After the ruling states began issuing licenses to gay couples nationwide but Davis refused based on her religious convictions and attempting to request a special exception from then-Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. Finally, Davis stopped issuing licenses to any couples at all. A later change in policy no longer required the county clerk to sign the marriage certificates.
The controversy with Davis sparked no small outcry drawing thousands to a gathering held by The Family Foundation, a Kentucky organization standing up for traditional family values, as well as support from the former presidential candidate and governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul were some of the heavy Republican hitters who sided with Davis during the controversy.
Pastors also voice their support for Kim Davis stating that the call for all Christian officials is to fight against immoral laws passed by the centralized American government for judicial laws which hand down decisions going against Biblical teachings.
Jeff Durbin, pastor of Apologia Church in Phoenix, AZ preached a sermon teaching that defiance to tyrants is obedience to God. Watch that sermon here.