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Kentucky governor ignores Christian leaders demanding he provide Kim Davis a ‘religious accommodation’

A group of Rowan County religious leaders descended on the Frankfurt Capitol this morning demanding to see Kentucky’s governor Steve Beshear.

A group of Rowan County religious leaders descended on the Frankfort Capitol this morning demanding to see Kentucky’s governor Steve Beshear. According to the group, they wanted to discuss the “disruption in Morehead earlier this year following the same-sex marriage decision,” referring to county clerk Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The group, an evangelical Christian organization called the “Family Foundation of Kentucky,” entered the Capitol building only to find the governor’s office empty — and staff members refusing to hear their demand to provide a “religious accommodation” for Davis and other clerks following in her footsteps.

From The New Civil Rights Movement:

The group did meet briefly with the governor’s chief of staff, but he only reiterated Governor Beshear’s position that Ms. Davis, and all the Kentucky clerks must issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples, including same-sex couples.

Terry Sebastian, the Communications Director for the Office of Governor Beshear gave this statement:

The Governor’s chief of staff, Larry Bond, met with a group of ministers today. The Governor’s office is always happy to meet with community leaders and citizens and hear their ideas. Mr. Bond reminded the group, however, that the legislature has placed the authority to issue marriage licenses on county clerks by statute, and the Governor has no legal authority to relieve them of their statutory duty by executive order. The General Assembly will convene in just 12 weeks and can make any statutory changes it deems necessary at that time. The Governor sees no need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money calling a special session of the General Assembly when 117 of 120 county clerks are doing their jobs.

Reverend Randy Smith, who was acting as a spokesman for the group, told reporters that the FFK was disappointed that their demands were ignored, but they remained hopeful that the cold reception would galvanize Christians to continue their fight.

Featured image: Reverend Randy Smith, via LEX18

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29 Comments

  1. thegeekcouple

    October 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    The capital of Kentucky is misspelled. It’s Frankfort.

  2. Mary Kaye Waterson

    October 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    They were disappointed their demands were ignored? They better get used to that. I can’t believe this crap is happening in 2015.

  3. Betty Miliano

    October 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Hopefully, when the General Assembly reconvenes in 12 weeks they will take the necessary steps to remove Ms. Davis from her from her position as County Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky. She has demonstrated that she cannot/will not perform the duties that she was elected to do. She should not receive all of the pay that she would have if she did perform ALL of the duties assigned to the County Clerk’s job description. A percentage should be deducted from her pay starting the day she first refused to do her job.She should not receive severance as she chose not to do the job she was sworn to do.

  4. Louis Bickett

    October 13, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Good for the Gov. He appears to be doing his job.

  5. Betty Miliano

    October 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    can’t find an edit tab..should have read through it before posting…please excuse the repeat of *from her*…

  6. Greg Zimmerman

    October 13, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    “accomadation”? Really? No spell check?

  7. Matt Channing

    October 13, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    What makes them think they’re in any position to make any demands…?

  8. Fliptrx

    October 13, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Damn, it’s over, the fat lady sang !!!

  9. marecek

    October 13, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    These people seem to think they run the world, that they can make demands, stamp their feet, and get exactly what they want. When are they going to start living in the real world. Just because your pastor fills your head with a load of nonsense does not mean the real world has to accommodate to your delusions.

  10. Harold Sanders

    October 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Bravo Governor!!!!!!

  11. kellyingles

    October 13, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    When are people going to learn that religious freedom doesn’t mean that you are free to make everyone else follow your beliefs?

  12. Nancy

    October 13, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    What part of the law and seperation of church and state don’t these folks get. If you can’t do the job, then quit! Isn’t her 15 minutes of hate fame over?

  13. gendotte

    October 13, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Bigot, Please!

  14. Antonio Benjamin (@TBenji68)

    October 14, 2015 at 2:52 am

    The Religious Right actually think that they can get into Politics by dropping God’s name.

    It passed time to start Taxing Religion in this Country Now!

    Good for Governor Beshear to not be Bullied by Religious Quacks. If Kim Davis wants to practice her Religious beliefs and not do her job, then she can resign and go make Crosses!

  15. jj doe (@jjdoe889)

    October 14, 2015 at 5:05 am

    TAX THE CHURCHES!

  16. Roger

    October 14, 2015 at 5:49 am

    They are like a bunch of NAZI’S! Its their way or no way! I say throw them out on their arse!

  17. Clockiel

    October 14, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Good. That’s why I voted for him.

  18. Clockiel

    October 14, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Yeah, its over. We all just wanted to watch the collapse. the Kim Davis Show is very entertaining.

  19. Jess

    October 14, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Headline writers wanted. Must be demonstrably illiterate.

  20. sulfen

    October 14, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Why do these people want an exception from the law? We don’t want Sharia law in the US.

  21. Linda Menard

    October 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

    ‘religious accomadation’ SPELLCHECK

  22. DF

    October 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

    *accommodation
    *Frankfort

  23. DF

    October 14, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Demonstrably literate* might be nice for a change.

  24. Robert Jones

    October 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I wouldn’t say their demands were “ignored”, they were flat-out DENIED !!!! Rightly so !!!

  25. Mark G

    October 14, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Let me get this straight: these religious leaders want the Governor to allow Kim Davis to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples? So what do these folks expect same-sex couples to do…..just go home and forget the whole thing?

  26. Keith Gargus

    October 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Rev Randy, please hold your breath waiting. Thanks.

  27. Matt Begley

    October 15, 2015 at 1:04 am

    They certainly have the right to express their views and pray all they want, they’re acting as private citizens. That being said, Davis used her office as a representative of our secular government, to discriminate based upon her religion. Being a cult member and a delusional bigot does not exempt one from obeying the law and fulfilling their SWORN duty. This is a matter of greed, $80,000 a year, not of a Christian being oppressed. If she practiced what she preached, she’d resign… That that would be integrity, a concept she appears unfamiliar with. Causing turmoil in other people’s lives while playing the martyr seems to be an all too common trait among Christians.

  28. Joie

    October 15, 2015 at 5:06 am

    The ninth amendment states that as long as you are not interfering with the constitutional rights of others, then you can express your constitutional rights as much as you want. Ms. Davis, I will not call her Mrs. because she has been divorced 3 times, is violating that amendment by refusing to issue marriage licenses by citing the first amendment. The religious right needs to read the WHOLE Constitution before they use it to suppress others rights.

  29. John

    October 15, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Learn to spell, morons.

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