Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk who refused to issue marriage licences to gay couples on religious grounds, has been added to the nominees to receive the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.
Davis was nominated by Jody Williams, an American political activist known for her defense of human rights. Williams won the award in 1997, making her eligible to nominate others. “Davis exemplifies everything that the Nobel Peace Prize stands for,” Williams stated. “She stood strong to her convictions despite the prospect of being jailed. She won’t violate her religious freedom for anyone, including the Federal Government. She fought and continues to fight a growing mob of angry protesters who would rather she give up her religious convictions and violate her Constitutional right to Freedom of Religion. She stood strong in the face of tyranny and is a true American hero.”
Davis broke down into tears as she stood before a cheering crowd (September 8th) who were celebrating her release from jail. For many Davis is being heralded a hero after denying multiple court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
“Thank you all so much. I love you all so very much,” she said. “I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down, because he is here. He’s worthy.”
After refusing to resign (elected officials cannot be fired, only impeached), Davis is set to return to work this week and was given an order by U.S. District Judge David Bunning to issue marriage licenses to all people. Her failure to comply will resort in her again being jailed.
Davis stated she will never resign and will never violate her religious freedom.