Quantcast

Davis Releases Statement, Lawyer Acknowledges Divorces - LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather

Davis Releases Statement, Lawyer Acknowledges Divorces

Posted: Updated:

Matt Staver, attorney for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, confirmed reports about her personal life Tuesday night, acknowledging that she has been divorced three times and has been married a fourth time.

“She’s acknowledged that she’s made mistakes, “ Staver said. He explained that the turning point in her life came four-and-a-half years ago when her mother-in-law died. To fulfill her dying wish, Davis went to church and found her Christian faith.

Davis cited that faith in a statement on her position regarding marriage license laws that she released Tuesday. It reads as follows:

"I have worked in the Rowan County Clerk's office for 27 years as a Deputy Clerk and was honored to be elected as the Clerk in November 2014, and took office in January 2015.  I love my job and the people of Rowan County. I have never lived any place other than Rowan County. Some people have said I should resign, but I have done my job well. This year we are on track to generate a surplus for the county of $1.5 million.

In addition to my desire to serve the people of Rowan County, I owe my life to Jesus Christ who loves me and gave His life for me. Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish. There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.

I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God's definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Heaven or Hell decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will. To me this has never been a gay or lesbian issue. It is about marriage and God's Word.  It is a matter of religious liberty, which is protected under the First Amendment, the Kentucky Constitution, and in the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Our history is filled with accommodations for people's religious freedom and conscience.  I want to continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders envisioned - that conscience and religious freedom would be protected. That is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much rather not have been placed in this position. I have received death threats from people who do not know me. I harbor nothing against them.  I was elected by the people to serve as the County Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the people of Rowan County, but I cannot violate my conscience."

WEATHER
MaxTrack Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fayette Co. Schools Employee Arrested On Sexual Abuse Charges

    Fayette Co. Schools Employee Arrested On Sexual Abuse Charges

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-08-16 03:32:31 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) An employee at Fayette County Public Schools has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with sexual abuse. The arrest warrant states that in 2018, the alleged victim said that Steuart had sexually abused him. The arrest warrant also states that the victim and other juveniles would go to Steuart's home to go swimming and watch movies. The victim said that while watching a movie at Steuart's house, he was inappropriately touched by Steu...

    LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) An employee at Fayette County Public Schools has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with sexual abuse. The arrest warrant states that in 2018, the alleged victim said that Steuart had sexually abused him. The arrest warrant also states that the victim and other juveniles would go to Steuart's home to go swimming and watch movies. The victim said that while watching a movie at Steuart's house, he was inappropriately touched by Steu...

  • Several Vehicles Involved In I-75 Crash

    Several Vehicles Involved In I-75 Crash

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 10:49 PM EDT2018-08-16 02:49:03 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Police and firefighters were called to a serious crash Wednesday evening on I-75.  It happened around 9:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker 115.  Our crews said there were several vehicles involved and at least one ambulance was seen leaving the scene, but there is no word if anyone was seriously hurt.  I-75 southbound was down to one lane while crews cleaned up the crash.  There's no word yet on what may have c...

    LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Police and firefighters were called to a serious crash Wednesday evening on I-75.  It happened around 9:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker 115.  Our crews said there were several vehicles involved and at least one ambulance was seen leaving the scene, but there is no word if anyone was seriously hurt.  I-75 southbound was down to one lane while crews cleaned up the crash.  There's no word yet on what may have c...

  • Police: Teen Faked Kidnapping To Get Money From Father

    Police: Teen Faked Kidnapping To Get Money From Father

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 1:14 PM EDT2018-08-15 17:14:26 GMT

    CORBIN, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A woman was arrested after she allegedly faked her own kidnapping to get money from her father. Police say 19-year-old Abbygail Farley's father reported her missing Monday morning. On Tuesday, the father started receiving threatening text messages from Abbygail's phone, demanding $600 and saying if they don't get it, they'll hurt her. He started getting more texts, but from a different number, asking for $400 by a certain time, or they'll 'kill her.'&nbs...

    CORBIN, Ky. (LEX 18)-- A woman was arrested after she allegedly faked her own kidnapping to get money from her father. Police say 19-year-old Abbygail Farley's father reported her missing Monday morning. On Tuesday, the father started receiving threatening text messages from Abbygail's phone, demanding $600 and saying if they don't get it, they'll hurt her. He started getting more texts, but from a different number, asking for $400 by a certain time, or they'll 'kill her.'&nbs...

Powered by Frankly

© LEX18.com 2018, LEX18.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?