Thanks to Kim Davis, I now have a new way to describe myself. I’m a furious, fist-pounding Kentuckian.
Davis, the law-breaking Rowan County Clerk, has written a memoir to make money for her lawyers, recapture some of her 15 minutes of fame and try to get herself re-elected in November.
Davis became an international embarrassment to Kentucky nearly three years ago when she refused to obey the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage and issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Morehead.
A conservative federal judge jailed Davis for contempt of court until a compromise could be reached for one of her assistants to issue same-sex marriage licenses. That made her a martyr among religious fundamentalists who think public officials should be able to cherry-pick Scripture to justify ignoring laws and discriminating against people they don’t like.
Holier-than-thou public figures such as Gov. Matt Bevin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and evangelist Franklin Graham rallied to Davis’ cause. Those three have now written promotional blurbs for her book, which has the arrogant title, “Under God’s Authority.”
“When history called upon Kim, she was both ready and willing to respond,” Bevin wrote. “Will the same be said of you?”
Pardon me while I pound my fist.
According to a press release, Davis, who says she found fundamentalist religion in 2011 after four heterosexual marriages, “chronicles her dramatic encounters with furious, fist-pounding, homosexual men and the hate mail that flooded her office.”
Funny how people get upset when you deny them their civil rights and put your personal beliefs ahead of your duty as a secular public official.
Gay and lesbian couples seeking the legal status of marriage are not, and should not be, the only people fist-pounding furious about Davis and her political enablers. As a straight, Christian taxpayer, I expect public officials to obey the law and not try to impose their religious beliefs on others. If they can’t do that in good conscience, they should resign.
Attorney General Andy Beshear — who has had to spend way too much time reining in Bevin’s illegal overreaching in a number of areas — should find a way to recover profits from this book to repay Kentucky taxpayers some of the more than $225,000 in legal expenses Davis’ actions have cost us.
It would be nice to do some fist-pumping instead of fist-pounding.