Francis did not specifically mention Davis in his reply, noting, “I can’t have in mind all the cases that can exist about conscientious objection”. Francis said that anyone, or any entity, who denies conscientious objection denies a right.
Two sources close to Kentucky country clerk Kim Davis tell Breitbart News that the gay men whose demand for a marriage license started her on a path to jail for five days are again trying to get her locked up. Referring to a victim whose mother lost her faith on learning her daughter had been sexually abused by a cleric, the pope said he understood such a reaction. Davis, who said that issuing the licenses would “violate her conscience” owing to her religious beliefs, was jailed briefly for contempt. No one had accused conservative activists of partisanship, so Davis’ party ties were largely irrelevant, but the fact that the anti-gay clerk was affiliated with Dems became a part of the story.
Kim Davis was ordered by a federal court to issue marriage licenses, and while she has personally refused to do so, she has achieved a tenuous agreement with the court: her deputy clerks issue licenses that have been altered to remove her name and title.
Pressed further and asked to clarify whether his opinion includes government officials performing duties they have sworn to carry out, Pope Francis insisted it is a human right, and if the person is a human being, then he or she has that right. But while the pontiff’s answer made his support for conscientious objection clear, he was vague on what conscientious objection would actually mean in Davis’ situation.
Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, the legal case that led the Supreme Court in June to rule narrowly in favor of gay marriage, introduced Obama. The rights of conscience need as many defenders as we can muster. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“I’ve always been a Democrat, but the party left me,” Davis said, according to the law firm representing her.
Kentucky Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has been refusing to support Davis despite calls for a special session of the state legislature to pass a law to exempt Davis from issuing marriage licences.
I want to start by thanking my lord and my savior Jesus Christ, because without him it would never be possible, for he is my strength that carries me, Davis said.