A new ABC/Washington Post poll out Tuesday says 74 percent of Americans feel lawbreaking Kentucky clerk Kim Davis should leave her religious biases at home and follow the law to grant marriage licenses to gay couples.
Only 19 percent believe Davis’ personal religious convictions that led her to defy the law and block couples of the same sex who wanted to marry are important. It’s the law she must enforce, 63 percent said, because the law is more important.
Such polls bolster worries among religious zealots who feel public backlash against Davis and her extreme views are damaging the cause of religious freedom in America.
“Kim Davis is an emotionally disturbed individual who believes in a ‘God’s law’ that does not exist,” says Methodist Church member Sally Lauer of Morehead, KY. “She is imposing her own view of God on others when it her job to enforce the law that allows gay couples of marry.”
Davis, jailed by a federal judge for contempt of court when she refused to allow her office to issue licenses to gay couple because, she claimed, the “law of God” prohibited her to engage what she calls a “sinful activity.”
After her release from jail, Davis agreed to stop blocking issuing the license but rules the forms would not be signed or use her name. Her latest appeal to allow her office to delay issuing the licenses was denied Tuesday by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which ruled the law, not the will of God, is the controlling authority in the case.
James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project, says Davis “keeps asking the same question and keeps getting the same answer form the courts — that she has to her job.”
Davis has one more appeal, an attempt by the ultra right-wing Liberty Counsel law firm, which says only the four couples who sued her originally for blocking gay marriages had a right to marry after she lost that suit and claims other gays don’t have to be granted licenses.
A panel of the appeals court dismissed Davis’ primary argument that her religious faith excludes her from licensing a gay marriage. Legal experts doubt her latest appeal will change that ruling.
Critics say Davis should resign as clerk if she is not willing to follow the law.
Her fans treat her as a poster child for religion.
Others say she is an example of homophobia, bias and bigotry rationalized by misapplication of religious writings.
Ms. Lauer in Kentucky has her own answer.
“Send the bitch back to jail and let her rot,” Lauer says. “And she may find that is not heaven that awaits her but a hell where she will suffer for eternity.”
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