|Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for five days in 2015 for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, is touring Romania in support of a campaign to block legal recognition of such unions there|
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for five days in 2015 after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, is touring Romania in support of a campaign to block legal recognition of such unions there.
The group Liberty Counsel, which represented Davis when she vaulted into the national spotlight, says Davis and the group's vice president of legal affairs, Harry Mihet, are touring the Eastern European country to discuss the effects of same-sex marriage in the U.S.
Davis, who remains Rowan County's clerk, was jailed for contempt after refusing to issue marriage licenses in compliance with the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made it legal for gays and lesbians to marry in every state. Her office now issues licenses without her signature.
Davis and Mihet will be in Romania for nine days, according to a Liberty Counsel press release.
The pair, according to the press release, "are holding conferences in Romania's largest cities, including Bucharest, Cluj, Sibiu, Timisoara, and Iasi. Their message is simple and based on the recent lessons learned in the United States: same-sex ‘marriage' and freedom of conscience are mutually exclusive because those who promote the former have zero tolerance for the latter."
The tour comes as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the right of religious business owners to object to serving same-sex ceremonies in a case brought by a Colorado baker. Some states have anti-discrimination laws saying businesses cannot deny service based on sexual orientation.
Romania does not currently recognize same-sex marriage, nor does any neighboring country. Liberty Counsel says Davis and Mihet, however, are supporting a petition drive requesting a referendum to add a same-sex marriage ban to the nation's constitution.
Davis and Mihet, who is originally from Romania, have met with Orthodox church leaders, members of the country's parliament and are giving "numerous television and radio interviews," according to the release.
After Davis refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, citing "God's law" as her reason, it emerged that she personally has been married four times to three different men.
Holly Meade, a spokeswoman for Liberty Counsel, said that rather than hypocrisy, Davis' personal history shows "the amazing grace of God to use someone like that" and that "her past is forgiven."