I watched the Kim Davis press conference today. She ain’t backing down. She’s gonna sit on her ample ass in her office with the blinds drawn and draw an $80,000 salary for not doing her job. Nice work if you can get it!
This is how it went down. Courtesy of NPR:
Her decision was clear, she said: “Effective immediately, and until an accommodation is provided, by those with the authority to provide it, any marriage license issued by my office will not be issued or authorized by me.”
“I love my deputy clerks and I hate that they have been caught in the middle. If any of them feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice and I will take no action against them,” Davis said, but added: “Any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it. Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order.”
How magnanimous of her. Did she even consider that her deputy clerks might not share her whacky religious beliefs and that have no problem in just doing their job?
She urged Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and the court to intervene to allow such licenses to be issued under the generic authority of the state. “They have the authorization and the authority to provide these types of accommodations and there’s no reason why they cannot do so.”
The trouble with this is that it will be a lost source of revenue for her office. Apparently, that $35 for each each marriage license will go elsewhere if this happens.
And as Raw Story explains, there could be more money trouble for those well-paid clerks.
“That’s the first thing that will come up, is the money issue,” said state Rep. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder). “Be careful what you wish for.”
Keene said most of the state’s 120 county clerk offices are “always strapped for cash,” so cutting that revenue stream could lead to salary reductions, layoffs or other budget adjustments.
“If they choose not to perform those duties, they should not be paid,” he said…
“It may be time to look at whether county clerks are worth the time and money,” Keene said.
I’m sure all the county clerks in Kentucky are thrilled with Kim Davis right about now. She has just shone a lovely, big spotlight on the very, good salaries they are all receiving at the taxpayer’s expense.
That’s God, Kimmy. And she’s looking at you.