Kim Davis' lawyer is campaigning for
her to be named TIME's Person of the Year.
Davis is the Kentucky county clerk who
fought to keep her office from issuing marriage licenses to gay and
lesbian couples on the grounds that it would violate her conscience.
Her public fight made her a Christian celebrity.
The Christian conservative group
Liberty Counsel represented Davis in her unsuccessful attempt to
ignore the Supreme Court's June finding that gay and lesbian couples
have a constitutional right to marry.
In an email to supporters urging them
to vote for Davis as TIME's Person of the Year, Liberty Counsel
chairman Mathew Staver likened Davis to Christian leaders such as the
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Kim Davis became the first Christian
in America jailed as a result of the Supreme Court decision
legalizing same-sex 'marriage,'” Staver
“She joins a long list of people who
were imprisoned for their conscience. People who today we admire
like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Jan Huss, John Bunyan, Dietrich
Bonhoeffer, and others like them.”
Staver added that Davis should be named
TIME's Person of the Year because she “inspired a nation and the
world to fight for religious liberty when she chose a prison cell
rather than sacrificing her conscience.”