Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has taken her fight international. The former Rowan County, Kentucky official is now fighting against same sex marriage in Romania.
The trip was organized by Liberty Counsel, the conservative American legal and advocacy group that represented her during her legal battles over the controversy in 2015. Davis was jailed for six days for contempt of court and became the face of the opposition to the marriage equality movement.
“We invite Kim Davis to share with us her fight for freedom, her strong faith and her experience in prison, which was the price she paid for standing up for her faith,” said Mihai Gheorghiu, the president of the far-right group, Coalition for Family.
While same sex marriage is not currently legal in Romania, its opponents have launched a campaign to amend their Constitution to permanently ban it.
— Liberty Counsel (@libertycounsel) October 10, 2017
Pro-same sex marriage activists in Romania, however, have swiftly condemned her visit.
“It is extremely worrying that a person who broke the law in the United States is being brought to Romania and presented as some sort of hero of Christianity,” said Vlad Viski, president of MozaiQ, an LGBT advocacy group.
Kim Davis, however, is far from a hero. She is a religious bigot who failed to fulfill her duties in a job paid for by taxpayer dollars by deferring to the Bible over the Constitution. If she wants to preach on behalf of her Christianity, she could get a job in a church. Until then, she should be viewed in Romania just as she is in the United States: a far-right religious extremist who belongs in jail, not on stage.