The 49-year-old Rowan County clerk returned to work this morning and she says she’s done with all the drama.
“I don’t want to have this conflict,” Davis announced during a press conference. “I don’t want to be in the spotlight. And I certainly don’t want to be a whipping post.”
Davis went on to say she was faced with a “seemingly impossible choice” when ordered by a federal jude to pick between following her conscience or losing her $80,000 annual salary/ticket to Heaven for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In the end, however, she went where the money was and choose to keep her job.
“I am no hero,” Davis continued. “I’m just a person that’s been transformed by the grace of God, who wants to work, be with my family. I just want to serve my neighbors quietly without violating my conscience.”
Davis then said she would no longer interfere with deputy clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County, but there’s a catch. None of those licenses will be authorized by her.
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“Any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it,” Davis explained. “Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order.”
Then she added she had “great doubts” whether those licenses would ever be considered valid.
Unfortunately for Kimmy, she’s wrong. Again. Both the governor, the attorney general and the county attorney have all confirmed those licenses will, in fact, be valid, despite the Notorious K.I.M.’s divine authorization.
“I love my deputy clerks and I hate that they have been caught in the middle of any of this,” Davis concluded. “If any of them feel that they must issue an authorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice and I will take no action against them.”
H/t: Associated Press