Kentucky voters are split on whether
lawmakers should remove Kim Davis, the elected clerk of Rowan County,
from office for not issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian
According to a Bluegrass Poll of 1,016
registered voters, 47 percent of respondents believe Davis should
keep her post, while 46 percent want lawmakers to act.
Davis is fighting to keep her office
from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Instead of handing
out such licenses, Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses entirely.
She became a Christian celebrity after a judge sentenced her to five
days in jail for contempt of court.
Davis has said that issuing licenses to
gay couples would violate her conscience and she has refused to
O'Banion told pollsters: “I'm a Christian, and I believe that a
marriage is between a man and a woman. But she's the county clerk.
It is her job to issue marriage licenses. And it is the law of the
land, then that's what she is supposed to do.”
Sixty percent of respondents either
said that the state should create an online system for marriage
licenses that would remove county clerks from the process or allow
clerks to remove their names from the forms. Another 34 percent said
that clerks who oppose same-sex marriage must issue marriage licenses
to all qualified couples.