Who is Kim Davis, Kentucky clerk jailed over same-sex marriage licenses? – CNN
Kim Davis, 49, is jailed for contempt after she refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses
She was elected as Rowan County clerk last fall after working in office for 27 years
How long she could remain in jail is uncertain as controversy roils Kentucky
Here are eight things to know Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing to abide by this summer’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage.
Who is Kim Davis?
Kim Davis is the publicly elected clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, which sits in the Appalachian Mountains.
She is a Democrat who was first elected last fall with 3,909 votes, or 53% of the vote. The county has 23,655 residents.
Though on the job only since January, Davis is hardly new to its demands.
Her mother was the county clerk for 37 years, and Davis worked 27 years for her.
Davis, 49, has spent her entire life in Rowan County, where 96% of people are white and more than a fourth live in poverty.
What did she do?
Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and defied the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, made in June.
“It is not a light issue for me. It is a heaven or hell decision,” Davis said in a statement, citing her religion.
Davis doesn’t want her name and title affixed to a same-sex marriage license “that goes down in the annals of Kentucky history,” said her attorney, Mat Staver.
Davis also refused to allow her six deputies to issue same-sex marriage licenses, even though five of them said they were willing to issue them.
Some of the five deputies said they hold the same religious beliefs as Davis, but they said they would nevertheless follow the law.
The sixth deputy is Davis’ son, Nathan, who didn’t give an answer when he appeared in court to discuss whether he would issue same-sex marriage licenses.
What is her faith?
Davis experienced a religious conversion 4½ years ago and became an Apostolic Christian, a faith which has a strict moral code. She attends Solid Rock Apostolic Church in the county seat of Morehead.
“She said she played in the devil’s playground for a long time, and her life has been radically changed since then,” attorney Staver said.
She has been married four times, including twice to the same man.
“I am not perfect. No one is,” Davis said in a statement. ” …Read More