The Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, is facing harsh penalties for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses has been married four times, raising questions of hypocrisy and “selective application” of the Bible to her life.
Davis is facing a federal contempt-of-court hearing, on Thursday. More than 100 protesters gathered outside the courthouse to bolster both sides of the debate.
The marriages are documented in court records which reveal that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis divorced three times, first in 1994, then 2006 and again in 2008, according to US News.
Davis gave birth to twins five months after divorcing her first husband. They were fathered by her third husband but adopted by her second. Davis worked at the clerk’s office at the time of each divorce and has since remarried.
Davis has described her desire to strictly follow the Bible in exact terms, therefore, has shown no sign of bending to court orders on same-sex marriage. Davis fears going to “hell for violating a central teaching” of the Bible if she complies with the orders, according to US News.
Davis’s refusal to comply with the Constitution has potentially placed her deputies in a legal crisis. In an order announcing the contempt hearing, Judge Bunning said that Davis “and each of her deputy clerks shall be present at the hearing.”
The deputies’ willingness to issue licenses if Davis is no longer an obstacle, however, may save them from sanctions since the primary purpose of the contempt hearing is to pressure Davis’s office to comply with the law.
All 300 seats in the courtroom filled quickly and those inside are not allowed to have cellphone access until the hearing is over.