The Liberty Counsel, a right wing Christian law firm that defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ failed attempt to stop legal gay marriage 2015, has released a video about Davis, painting her as a civil rights hero.
Davis refused to allow any clerks in her office to follow the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, often claimed she was following God and ended up in jail because she chose to defy a federal court order.
The Liberty Counsel recently released Davis’ book “Under God’s Authority: The Kim Davis Story,” and released a book trailer on March 5 that features Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, notes Right Wing Watch.
In the video, Bevin pretends Davis was brave martyr while she discriminated against gay people and violated the Constitution’s supremacy clause:
Against all the scorn, all the enmity, all the vitriol, all the nastiness, she stood firm. I think Kim Davis is without question an inspiration, not only to leaders like myself—people in the public arena and those outside the public arena—but to my children, the children of America.
People, even if they disagree with her, have got to respect the fact that here is a woman who was willing to put it all on the line out of conviction for what she believed and knew to be her right as an American citizen.
And her faith and her conviction in the fact that that faith was protected by the First Amendment in our Constitution—in our Bill of Rights, specifically—is something that she was willing to put front and center, and if that’s not admirable, if that’s not something we would want all Americans to emulate, I don’t know what is.
The video closes with a reworked version of Martin Niemöller’s famous “First They Came For The Socialists…” anti-Nazi poem, which was changed to portray Christians who discriminate against gay people as persecuted like the Jews were during the Holocaust.