Kim Davis back at work, will not authorize marriage licenses, but her deputies can still issue them

In a statement this morning, Kim Davis, who is back at work after spending the first half of last week in jail and the second half at home reading fan mail, insisted that she will continue to refuse to issue marriage licenses that bear her name — both to same-sex and opposite-sex couples. In order to accommodate Judge David Bunning’s court order, mandating that the Clerk’s office abide by the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Davis will allow her deputies to issue licenses, but they will not bear her name and, therefore, may not be considered valid.

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Davis’s lawyers have already contended that marriage licenses issued by her deputies in her absence are not valid.

In effect, Davis is daring same-sex couples into another, slightly different court fight, saying that they can have their marriage licenses if it means so much to them, but those licenses may not be worth the paper they’re printed on. As these licenses are different in that they don’t bear her name, they are separate and, in her view, not equal.

Kim Davis, screenshot via YouTube

Kim Davis, screenshot via YouTube

But it’s unclear as to why Davis expects this to count as a reasonable compromise. As the Rowan County Clerk, it’s her job to issue valid marriage licenses. Why should her office be allowed to issue marriage licenses that she feels won’t hold up under legal scrutiny? How is that anything other than a slightly more underhanded version of official misconduct?

Davis is holding out for some kind of win. She will continue to be a burden to her office until she gets any kind of official recognition that she, as a public official with sincerely-held religious beliefs, doesn’t have to do her job if it involves affirming the rights of people she feels are going to Hell — a group that is seemingly limited to LGBT people.

Let’s see how this goes.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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