Kim Davis’ lawyer just compared gay marriage to ‘sodomising children’

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The lawyer for the anti-gay clerk who has just got out of jail after being found contempt of court, has compared her issuing marriage licences to gay couples to “grant a licence to sodomise children”.

Mat Staver, who has been representing Kim Davis, the clerk who has continually refused to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, defended her apparent right to do so.

Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, made international news when she defied a string of court orders by refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, despite issuing marriage licenses being a large part of her job.

She previously rejected deals to get her out of jail which would have simply meant her not interfering with her deputies when they issue marriage licences to gay couples. She was released on the same condition.

“A clerk provides licenses to do something,” Staver said. “A license to operate a motor vehicle on the road, a license to build a particular facility or a license to do this or a license to do that or a license to operate a business. So that person is licensing someone to do something and in this case, they’re licensing what? They’re licensing something that is directly contrary to the core of their religious convictions, to engage in sinful activity among same-sex relations and sanction something that is contrary to the Scriptures and that is marriage of two people of the same sex.”

“To force someone like that to give a license for something that will legalise, that will put a stamp of approval on something that is absolute rebellion against God, sinful, then that is a direct collision of unprecedented magnitude,” he continued.

He later said that requiring Davis to issue the licences is the same as requiring her “to grant a license to engage in pornography, to grant a license to sodomise children or something of that nature.”

Davis is expected to return to work on Friday or this coming Monday.

She faces a challenge, however, if she wants to stop her deputies from issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, as Brian Mason, one of the deputies, who have been ordered to issue marriage licences in Davis’ absence, said he would ignore her if she told him not to issue licences to gay couples.

He told reporters anyone seeking a marriage licence will be issued one.