Kentucky clerk Kim Davis will return to work next week after having been jailed for contempt of court, and one anti-government group wants to make sure she never winds up behind bars again.
The Oath Keepers, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization, as a “fiercely anti-government, militaristic group,” say they have their sights set on defending the Rowan County clerk, who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In a phone call with Jackson County Kentucky Sheriff Denny Peyman,
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes said members of his group had
reached out to Davis's legal team and were already forming an
on-the-ground presence in Kentucky's Rowan County, but remained
tight-lipped on specifics, Right Wing Watch reports.
Rhodes said his group's action had nothing to do with same-sex
marriage, but instead was focused on his belief that Davis had been
illegally detained after being found in contempt of court by not issuing
"As far as we’re concerned, this is not over,” he said in the audio
clip above. “This judge needs to be put on notice that his behavior is
not going to be accepted, and we’ll be there to stop it and intercede
ourselves if we have to."
Rhodes went on to compare Davis's plight to that of the Founding
Fathers, in that it deals "with the magistrates and the officers of the
crown who wanted to run roughshod over the rights of the colonists
without a jury indictment, without any of that."
Now, this is embarrassing. Some of our most passionate commenters who've supported the well-deserved opprobrium which covered Kim Kavis in this case are now at odds with the Oath Keepers.
And for a good belly laugh, the Oath Keepers said this has nothing to do with gay marriage.