Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis takes her gay marriage fight to Romania

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis takes her gay marriage fight to Romania
Posted at 8:40 AM, Oct 11, 2017

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. -- Remember Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses? 

We haven't heard much from her since then-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee led her onstage at her jail release rally and Davis' subsequent meeting with Pope Francis when he visited the U.S.  

Well, she's back, taking a victory tour of Romania to campaign against gay marriage in the Eastern European country.

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Davis is on a nine-day trip with Harry Mihet of the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT legal organization that represented her when she cited religious objections to gay marriage. Her office now issues licenses without her signature.

The pair are holding conferences in Romania's largest cities to promote the idea that "same-sex ‘marriage' and freedom of conscience are mutually exclusive, because those who promote the former have zero tolerance for the latter," The Washington Examiner reports.

In a news release, Mihet said Davis' story resonates with Romanians, who lived through Communism and "are receiving her tearfully and very warmly because they can still remember the not-so-long-ago days when they were themselves persecuted and imprisoned for their conscience.”

Romania, like most Eastern European countries, does not currently recognize same-sex marriage. Davis and Mihet are there to support a petition for a national referendum to constitutionally define marriage as a contract between one man and one woman. 

Liberty Counsel has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group for "advocating for anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of religious liberty."