Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk whose claim to fame is denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is an "inspiration" to "the children of America", according to Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.
Bevin's remarks were made in a promotional video for the book, "Under God's Authority: The Kim Davis Story", published earlier this year by the anti-LGBTQ legal organization Liberty Counsel, which also represented Davis throughout her legal challenges.
Yesterday, Liberty Counsel released a video promotion for the book narrated by founder and chairman Mat Staver that featured not only Davis but Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who heaped praise on Davis for “her boldness [and] her conviction” in “knowing that she was right.”
“Against all the scorn, all the enmity, all the vitriol, all the nastiness, she stood firm,” Bevin said. “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.”
Liberty Counsel has attempted to cast Davis as a martyr from the very beginning of her time in the spot light, and this theme is continued throughout the promotional video.
At its close, the video presents its viewers with a variation of the anti-Nazi poem, "First They Came for the Socialists...":
First the came for the county clerk, but I did not speak out because I do not do marriage licenses.
Then they came for the wedding photographer, but I did not speak out because I did not photograph weddings.
Then they came for the baker, but I did not speak out because I was not a baker.
Then they came for the florist, but I said nothing because I was not a florist.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.