Monday, September 7, 2015

Protesters Descend Upon Fort Thomas in Wake of Kim Davis Decision


Nick Campana (22),  Jeremiah Campana (17),  Jim Zastrow (18), Ezekial Yoder (18), pass out flyers in support of jailed Rowan County Clerk, Kim Davis on N. Fort Thomas Avenue Monday afternoon. FTM file.  
A group of about 15 demonstrators from OperationSaveAmerica.com stood outside U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s private residence Monday afternoon starting around 2 p.m. to protest his decision to jail Rowan County Clerk, Kim Davis. Davis was jailed after her refusal to follow the law and higher court's ruling on same sex marriage.

All of the protesters were from out of town.

According to organizers, they plan on staying in front of his home for two hours to hold a prayer vigil. Organizers said that had gathered from as far as Michigan and Florida and joined together to come to Fort Thomas. Others began to canvass the neighborhood to pass out flyers urging others to pray for an overturn of the ruling.

U.S. Marshals and Fort Thomas Police were also there to ensure a peaceful protest.

Neighbors on the street were not happy with the presence of the protesters.

On Friday, outside Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, where Davis was being held, about 150 supporters gathered and on Tuesday, Republican president hopeful Mike Huckabee was expected to hold a rally in support of Davis outside the jail.

"(We're) encouraging all the neighbors to pray for David Bunning to let Kim Davis go," protest organizer Cal Zastrow said.

Judge Bunning said last week that Davis has a duty under the law to issue licenses.

"Davis remains free to practice her Apostolic Christian beliefs," Bunning wrote in his decision. "She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County Clerk."

"The state is not asking her to condone same-sex unions on moral or religious grounds, nor is it restricting her from engaging in a variety of religious activities," the judge wrote, as reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader. "She is even free to believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, as many Americans do. However, her religious convictions cannot excuse her from performing the duties that she took an oath to perform as Rowan County clerk."

4 comments:

  1. Absolutely shameful. I feel bad for Judge Bunning, his family and the neighbors.

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  2. Me too! What if my religious beliefs prohibited me from selling guns - or issuing a driver's license to women!?!?!?
    Her attorney is correct in that there IS a simple answer: she should resign her position. Plain and simple. I would NEVER choose to work in a research lab because I don't agree with animal testing. But if I found myself in that work environment, I fully acknowledge and appreciate that my job might entail things that go against my grain.
    What a sad image for Kentucky. Judge Bunning's observation that when you take an oath, that means something and you have to perform your duties albeit some might be against your own moral fiber.
    My final thought: if I didn't do my job for three months, I would be terminated. If she doesn't step down, she should be impeached.
    All these God-fearing [people-hating] self-righteous "Christians" (and I use the term loosely) are nothing but judgmental hypocrites. God is my Judge, not a bunch of bible thumping zealots.

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  3. I think the judge's statement is perfect. If you're going to accept a paycheck and you took an oath to uphold the law, you need to do that or resign. She was offered the option of letting other clerks do it instead and she refused. If she isn't willing to compromise, the judge had no choice.

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  4. Many thanks to all the Jewish postal workers who do their jobs and deliver Christmas cards, even though it goes against their religious beliefs.

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