If you were wondering if perhaps Kim Davis’s defiant refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples was a matter of debate in her home, think again.
As protesters on both sides stood their ground around the Rowan County courthouse Tuesday morning, Davis arrived to check on his wife.
Davis says the couple have changed their phone number after receiving death threats. But when asked if he was afraid, Davis said he has faith … in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing the right to bear arms.
“I’m an old redneck hillbilly, that’s all I’ve got to say,” Davis told the Associated Press. “Don’t come knocking on my door.”
Davis compared his wife to the biblical figures Paul and Silas, sent to prison and rescued by God.
Pointing to the marriage equality protesters gathered on one side of the courthouse lawn, Davis told the AP, “They want us to accept their beliefs and their ways. But they won’t accept our beliefs and our ways.”
Their "ways," however, include divorce, a practice prohibited by some Christian teachings. Court records show Kim Davis has been married to Joe twice, with a divorce and another husband in between. Read more about her marriages and divorces here.
One of the couples has filed a motion for Mrs. Davis, an elected public official, to be held in contempt of court, which if convicted can mean steep fines or jail time. The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the brief, is asking for financial penalties in lieu of putting Davis behind bars. There are reports Davis may also be investigated by a special prosecutor on the charge of official misconduct.