BYE SCOTT WALKER! Cancels campaign events in multiple states

Scott Walker, polling at 3% nationally, cancels campaign events in multiple states

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is refocusing his Republican presidential campaign on Iowa and South Carolina, where his early popularity in opinion polls has crumbled with the ascent of Donald J. Trump, and he has taken the unusual step of canceling major speeches in Michigan and California this coming week to spend time in those two crucial states.

Mr. Walker, who has fallen in one key Iowa poll from first place in July to 10th place this month, no longer plans to appear next weekend at a prestigious Republican conference on Mackinac Island in Michigan or at the California Republican Party convention. Instead, his advisers said, he plans to campaign in Iowa — where he is holding events this weekend as well — and in South Carolina.

Mr. Walker’s advisers said the last-minute cancellations were not a sign of panic about the viability of his presidential bid but rather a recognition that at this point his time and campaign funds are better spent on Iowa and South Carolina. Mr. Walker regards Iowa, which will hold the nation’s first presidential nominating contest on Feb. 1, as virtually a must-win state that would energize his supporters and donors nationwide. And he has long seen South Carolina, which votes later that month, as another winnable early state that could give him momentum and stature in a large field of Republican candidates.

By skipping the events in California and Michigan, two states with larger and more diverse electorates than Iowa and South Carolina, as well as more delegates at stake to help win the nomination, Mr. Walker risks diminishing himself. Once a national front-runner, he increasingly looks like a regional candidate — hoping his Midwestern roots will win him Iowa — who is pursuing single-state strategies rather than projecting confidence across the country.

His advisers said his political message — “Wreak havoc on Washington,” inspired by his record of tax cuts and labor and education overhauls in Wisconsin — held broad appeal that would lead to victories in primaries and caucuses after Iowa and South Carolina. They said the travel changes this month were not a reflection of money troubles or weak fund-raising, though one adviser noted that Mr. Walker has had to spend more time at political events in Iowa and elsewhere than at fund-raisers.

By skipping the events in California and Michigan, two states with larger and more diverse electorates than Iowa and South Carolina, as well as more delegates at stake to help win the nomination, Mr. Walker risks diminishing himself. Once a national front-runner, he increasingly looks like a regional candidate — hoping his Midwestern roots will win him Iowa — who is pursuing single-state strategies rather than projecting confidence across the country.

His advisers said his political message — “Wreak havoc on Washington,” inspired by his record of tax cuts and labor and education overhauls in Wisconsin — held broad appeal that would lead to victories in primaries and caucuses after Iowa and South Carolina. They said the travel changes this month were not a reflection of money troubles or weak fund-raising, though one adviser noted that Mr. Walker has had to spend more time at political events in Iowa and elsewhere than at fund-raisers.

Mr. Walker is likely to spend most if not all of January campaigning in Iowa before the caucuses, said this adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss campaign strategy. Mr. Walker is aiming to visit all 99 counties in Iowa before the caucuses as a way to build support among Republicans there, in the spirit of successful campaigns like Charles E. Grassley’s Senate runs and Rick Santorum’s presidential bid in 2012.

Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for Mr. Walker, confirmed that the Michigan and California speeches were off but did not attribute any great meaning to the cancellations. Mr. Walker will be in California on Wednesday night to participate in the Republican presidential debate; he had been scheduled to speak in Michigan on Friday and then be back in California on Saturday.

“Schedule changed and we’re headed to SC and IA,” she wrote in an email on Saturday.

 

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Carly Fiorina FIRED

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Carly Fiorina officially launched her presidential campaign with an appearance Monday on Good Morning America and a video called “Meet Carly” that she published on her website.
Fiorina doesn’t have a long political track record, aside from a failed run for the U.S. Senate in 2010.  So she’s running on her record as a business executive at AT&T and Lucent, and later as the chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard.
To cut to the chase: Fiorina was fired from HP because she did a bad job. She also hasn’t held a major corporate position since she was pushed out of the company in 2005.
Fiorina is spinning a story that she was a victim of sexism at HP. In a recent interview with the Hill she wouldn’t say outright that she was fired because she’s a woman. But she said that there’s “no question that women in positions of authority are scrutinized differently, criticized differently and characterized different.”
Fiorina also noted in the interview that “Men understand other men’s need for respect, but they don’t always understand women’s need for respect.” She went on to imply that she was fired because she threatened certain badly behaved male board members when they got the message that she was “a leader would not tolerate that conduct.”
Don’t buy that line. It’s not true.
There’s a distressing and unjust abundance of sexism in tech – some of which Fiorina surely faced – but that doesn’t magically turn her flawed tenure at HP into a successful one. Fiorina’s male successor, Mark Hurd, was canned just as unceremoniously as she was. And HP has never seemed to shy away from female executives. Fiorina beat out another woman to run the company, a widely respected internal candidate named Ann Livermore. Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief, currently runs the show at HP.
Fiorina has made much of the fact that during her tenure, from 1999 to early 2005, HP’s revenue nearly doubled, rising to $87 billion from $44 billion. She created a huge, leading PC-maker with a large workforce that also added some jobs while she was in control.
There’s truthiness in the numbers that Fiorina presents. But they don’t tell the whole story.
HP’s revenue doubled during Fiorina’s tenure because she decided to buy a rival PC company, Compaq, in 2001. When the deal was announced, the New York Times reported that the companies would have combined revenue of $87 billion. (When the companies reported their final numbers for 2001, Compaq had revenue of over $33 billion and HP had revenue of more than $45 billion.)
The HP-Compaq merger was a bet that the combined company could beat IBM, then the largest PC maker. It had gotten tougher for all companies to make money in the hardware business, so the merger logic suggested that size and scale mattered. HP compromised its very profitable printer business in order to dive headlong into the PC market (a market with declining margins). IBM, however, saw what the business was facing and sold its PC division in 2004 to Lenovo. It was a smart move that allowed IBM to focus on its more lucrative services and consulting units.
HP became mired in the aftermath of the merger – a deal that board member Walter Hewlett castigated. (The boardroom brawl that broke out over the deal is another story altogether.) Fortune’s Carol Loomis wrote the definitive story about how the deal failed to create value for shareholders and how it left the company in a weakened state.
Loomis’ analysis presaged Fiorina’s ouster:
The fundamental and overpowering problem here is that HP’s shareholders paid $24 billion in stock to buy Compaq and in exchange got relatively little value. In fact, so little value was secured that accounting rules could force HP to write off a chunk of the $14.5 billion in goodwill assets it set up on its books after the deal… a write-off of goodwill at HP would say as clearly as anything can that, financially, this merger has been a lemon.
Fiorina’s poor assessment of the PC market forced her to eventually preside over so many layoffs at HP that my Bloomberg colleague Peter Burrows said she was dubbed “chainsaw Carly.” (Former employees haven’t forgotten, including one who is using the carlyfiorina.org URL to remind us how many people she laid off while HP’s CEO.) Soon after Fiorina was fired, HP employees and shareholders debated whether or not the company should spin off its PC business, essentially undoing Fiorina’s big wager. Current HP CEO Meg Whitman eventually did exactly that.
Fiorina’s failures didn’t stop there. She also misjudged her ability to run HP and manage its board.
In the video she released Monday to announce her campaign, Fiorina asked viewers if they’re tired of “the vitriol, the pettiness, the egos, the corruption” of politics. It’s a good question because she wasn’t particularly adept at handling her own vitriolic and petty board.
HP’s board was famously dysfunctional, a group that fought over the Compaq acquisition and, later, what to do about HP’s flagging stock price. As the Wall Street Journal’s Pui-Wing Tam reported at the time, HP’s directors had presented Fiorina with a management reorganization plan a few weeks before they fired her. The idea was to distribute some of her power over key operating units to other executives in a bid to even out HP’s spotty financial performance. The company at that point was thought of by investors as bloated and ineffectual.
The idea that her ouster came as a surprise, which Fiorina has asserted, is in and of itself a surprise. Bruising boardroom battles. A floundering stock. And a board that wanted to limit her power. How could she not be aware that her job was on the line?
The Wall Street Journal’s detailed report about the boardroom talks, which had been private, ambushed Fiorina on her way to Davos. In a lengthy New Yorker article in 2007, the writer James Stewart noted:
The next day, Fiorina convened a conference call with all the board members … and demanded a confession from any director who had spoken to Tam or any other reporter… she asked the board’s nominating and governance committee to order an investigation by the company’s outside counsel, Lawrence Sonsini, to identify the leaker.
Clearly there were board members who were leaking confidential information to the press and then denying it, a situation that Fiorina said in her book, “Tough Choices,” made her feel violated. But as then-board member Tom Perkins told the New Yorker, “Leaks don’t happen in stable, happy companies. They’re a steam valve. People talk. They’re a symptom of something else.”
HP’s directors were violating their responsibilities to the company and its board, which was inexcusable. But for her part, Fiorina was completely unable to manage HP’s business, its tricky challenges or its board. It’s hard to imagine the same person managing the vicissitudes of a divided Congress as the government tries to work through complicated issues that often lack clear mandates.
In an interview last month with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Fiorina said that leadership is about two things: unlocking potential in others and changing the order of things for the better. By that definition, Fiorina’s time at the top of HP was a disaster.
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Sarah Palin: Ahmed Was Asking For It When He Brought His Clock To School

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said on Saturday that arresting and suspending Ahmed Mohamed, the ninth grader who brought a homemade clock to school, was totally reasonable.

Palin called initial media reports of Mohamed’s arrest “fishy” and said that school officials were totally justified in thinking that his clock, made out of a pencil box, was a bomb.

“Yep, believing that’s a clock in a school pencil box is like believing Barack Obama is ruling over the most transparent administration in history,” she wrote in a Facebook post in which she shared pictures of her kids’ pencil boxes. “Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.”

Palin also compared the incident to others in which students were suspended and said that Mohamed was obviously an “obstinate-answering student.”

“Friends, consider the kids disciplined and/or kicked out of school for bringing squirt guns to school or taking bites out of a pop tart until it resembled (to some politically correct yahoo) a gun. Or the student out deer hunting with his dad early one morning who forgot he had a box of ammo in his truck when he parked in the school’s lot later that day,” she wrote. “Whereas Ahmed Muhammad, an evidently obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade ‘clock’ that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption (teachers who are told ‘if you see something, say something!’) gets invited to the White House.”

In 2013, a Maryland school suspended a 7-year-old after he chewed his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun and began waving it around. School officials said that the suspension was prompted by the boy’s disruptive behavior and not the Pop Tart.

In 2010, six students at a Michigan high school were suspended after school officials found firearms in their car that they had used on a deer hunt earlier that morning. School policy and signs clearly forbade the students from bringing the firearms onto school property.

In Mohamed’s case, police knew that the clock wasn’t a bomb but arrested him anyway.

Like her daughter Bristol, the former Alaska governor also criticized Obama for inviting the teen to the White House.

“By the way, President Obama’s practice of jumping in cases prematurely to interject himself as the cool savior, wanting so badly to attach himself to the issue-of-the-day, got old years ago,” she wrote. “Remember him accusing police officers doing their job as “acting stupid”; claiming if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin; claiming he needed to know who was a fault in an industrial accident so he’d ‘know who’s a** to kick’; etc., etc. Those actions are about as presidential as his selfie stick.”

But as HuffPost’s Julia Craven wrote Friday, that kind of criticism of Obama is flat-out wrong.

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TRUMP’S VOODOO DOLL: AGAINST AMERICANS-SATIRE

How to Use the Voodoo Doll

What is your deepest desire? Luck? Love? Bringing misery to your enemies? Voodoo offers all these this possibilitiesy and more. The most common stereotype about the use of Voodoo dolls is that a practitioner simply sticks pins in one to torment the person the doll represents Americans. In reality, the process is more complex – There are different emotions and feelings attached to different types of pins that can be used. For instructions on using a Voodoo doll that are consistent with New Orleans Voodoo, get started with Step 1 below.

  1. Take each pin and concentrate on the color symbolism. Each color has a different meaning:Red: Hate Love
    Yellow: Bad Good Health

    Green: Bankruptcy Money
    Purple: Bigotry Spirituality
    Black: Revenge Positive Energy/ Negative Good Karma

    White: Bad Good Energy
    Pink: Division Sexual
  2. Meditate upon how you want these things to manifest in your life.
  3. After you are very clear about this, stick the pin into your doll in the heart or stomach region.
  4. Repeat this process for each pin.
  5. Wait and trust in your personal power that the Universe will help you make your intentions manifest. Patience is your best attribute now.
  6. Sometimes voodoo dolls can be used for torturing an enemy because of the pain. To do this, get a hair or nail clipping from your target and put it in the voodoo doll and then -voila!- you got the code

Tips

  • The voodoo doll is used to represent the spirit of a specific person. You can address the voodoo doll as if you are talking to that person, requesting a change in attitude, influencing the person to act in accordance with your wishes, your desires.
  • Voodoo Dolls are a powerful mystical tool that can bring spectacular rewards to anyone who believes, who is willing to place his destiny in the hands of loving spirits, who awaits the call of service.
  • Today, a significant percent of the population of New Orleans partake in Voodoo rituals. The practice of Voodoo involves the blessing of a Voodoo doll by an experienced practitioner which allows the possessor of the doll to contact the spirits directly – requesting fulfillment in love, finance, career, family matters, etc.
  • It is sometimes recommended to burn a candle during this process to strengthen the work. Choose a candle color to match the needle. The candle colors are the same as the pin colors in this case.
  • Voodoo dolls are used as focusing tools in ritual and meditation. It is extremely important to exercise caution when using your Voodoo doll. Voodoo dolls can be used for dark purposes; however, there IS karmic backlash associated with using Voodoo dolls with the intent of hurting someone else. That is why all of the reputable practitioners and their associated sites indicate their dolls are blessed to carry only positive energy and light with them. You would be wise to follow suit.
  • We call upon these spirits from our hearts, summoning the gods, urging them to respond.
  • Once in possession of an authentic voodoo doll, you can request the doll to call upon powerful forces. You can perform a simple but effective ritual to fulfill a specific dream, an urgent desire. This timeless ceremony is carried out to persuade the spirits to exert their influence in this world
  • Voodoos are usually used for revenge on someone or to cause harm to them.

Warnings

  • If Voodoo dolls are misused, karmic effects such as conflicts, accidents, depression, bad luck, death, etc. can happen to you!
  • The powers of Voodoo dolls have not been scientifically proven. *Because Voodoo dolls can absorb energies from people who have used them, it is a good idea to never use someone else’s Voodoo dolls.

TRUMP’S BIGOTRY CONTINUES…AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND MUSLIMS

Trump continues find ways to blame everyone else for his poor judgment but himself. Anyone that is not white, a male, wealthy or his family member are labeled by Trump as a criminal, drug dealer, terrorist, rapist, ugly or subhuman.  It’s time for the Republican party to repudiate Trump’s negative actions and statements, if not, he will continue to racial divide our country.

 

HYPOCRITE: Jeb Bush smoked weed as a young man but does not support marijuana legalization

Jeb Bush Smoked Marijuana And Was A Bully In High School, Say Former Classmates

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush smoked marijuana while in high school, a personal use of the drug that stands in contrast to his later political stance on the plant.
“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover,” Bush, the current Republican frontrunner seeking his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, told the Boston Globe as part of a  detailed new profile that describes his time at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Both George H.W. Bush, Jeb’s father, and George W. Bush, his brother, also attended the prestigious private school.
“It was pretty common,” Bush said of his substance use during that time. A former classmate of Bush’s, Peter Tibbetts, recalled to the newspaper that the first time he ever smoked marijuana was with Bush, in some woods near their dorm.
 
“The first time I really got stoned was in Jeb’s room,” Tibbetts told the Globe. “He had a portable stereo with removable speakers. He put on Steppenwolf for me.” Tibbetts was eventually forced to leave the boarding school after being accused of using drugs.
As a politician, Bush has not embraced marijuana. He spent much of his time as Florida governor championing jail instead of treatment for nonviolent drug offenders, and pushed for mandatory prison sentences for drug offenders — with the exception of his daughter, Noelle, who has struggled with crack cocaine use
More recently, while acknowledging that states should “have a right” to decide on the legalization of marijuana, Bush publicly opposed an amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” Bush said before the November midterm election. “Allowing large-scale marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts.”
Reacting to the Globe story, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted Bush over his “hypocrisy” on marijuana. 
“You would think he’d have a little more understanding then,” Paul, who may be a rival to Bush in the Republican primary, told The Hill Friday. “He was even opposed to medical marijuana. This is a guy who now admits he smoked marijuana but he wants to put people in jail who do.”
The Globe also spoke to some of Bush’s former classmates, who recalled a “physically imposing” young man who was seen as intimidating by some and a bully by others. Tibbetts recalled a story to the newspaper of an occasion during their boarding school days when he and Bush taunted a smaller student who lived in their dorm by sewing his pajama bottoms so that the student couldn’t put them on. 
Bush told the Globe he didn’t remember the incident or any other bullying, and was surprised that some of his former classmates viewed him that way. “I don’t believe that is true,” Bush said, adding that it was more than 40 years ago and not possible for him to remember.
It isn’t the first time that allegations of bullying have surfaced about Bush’s high school years. Another classmate of Bush’s told Vanity Fair in 2001 that he remembered Bush as a bully as well, and that there was “a kind of arrogance” about him during his time at Andover.
The Globe story echoes similar sentiments expressed in a 2012 Washington Post story about then-presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and alleged bullying during his prep school days.
A Bush spokeswoman told The Huffington Post that Bush did not have any additional comments on the Globe story.

 

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Don Lemon: So what if Obama was a Muslim, does It matter?

 whatCNN’s Don Lemon took down a Trump supporter’s comments that President Barack Obama is a Muslim with four words: “What does it matter?”
“What if the president was a Muslim?” Lemon asked during a panel on his show Thursday night. “I mean, what does it matter? Aren’t Muslims Americans as well? Don’t we have the right to religion in this country?”
Good point, Don. 
Lemon was discussing comments that a New Hampshire man made to Donald Trump at a rally on Thursday.
“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one,” the man said. Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that Obama is a Muslim, responded in agreement.
However, his campaign denies he was referring to Obama.
“Mr. Trump was referring to the need to protect Christians’ religious liberties as his previous statement says and nothing more,” a rep for Trump told NBC. 
Watch the full CNN segment above and see more of Trump’s remarks below. 

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JUSTICE PREVAILS: Kim Davis DIDN’T HAVE TO issue same-sex marriage licenses herself

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Kentucky clerk won’t let deputies issue same-sex wedding licenses, stays in jail
(CNN)Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis was given a second chance: She didn’t have to issue same-sex marriage licenses herself; she merely had to agree not to interfere with five deputy clerks who had told the federal judge they’d issue them in her stead.
But Davis’ lawyer told U.S. District Judge David Bunning that his client would not allow her deputies to issue the licenses. Davis was not in the courtroom for the second session. She was in a hallway outside.
“We cannot represent to the court that she would allow licenses to be issued,” attorney Mat Staver said.
Staver later told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” that Davis would issue licenses if her name and title were not on them.
“Because that in her understanding and mind is authorizing something that is contrary to her Christian values and convictions,” he said. “That’s where the conscience rub is.”
Earlier Thursday, Bunning remanded Davis into the custody of U.S. marshals for refusing to heed a U.S. Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage, saying she would remain in jail until she complies with the ruling.
Bunning then asked Davis’ six deputy clerks whether they would issue the licenses, and despite some of them holding the same religious beliefs as Davis, five told Bunning they would issue the licenses.
During Davis’ hearing, April Miller told the court that the clerk had denied her a marriage license three times, and when Davis took the stand to deliver her at-times emotional testimony, she explained that she could not issue the licenses because of her religious beliefs.
“You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and in your soul,” she told the judge, according to CNN affiliate WYMT-TV.
American Civil liberties Union attorneys argued in a motion filed Monday that Davis “continues to collect compensation from the Commonwealth for duties she fails to perform.”
They said they didn’t want her to be jailed as punishment, but rather, the attorneys asked the court to “impose financial penalties sufficiently serious and increasingly onerous” to make her comply with the court order.
Bunning, however, apparently felt she deserved jail time, but he also told Davis she could end her incarceration by complying with the Supreme Court order and telling her deputy clerks to do the same.
He said he didn’t believe fining Davis would convince her to comply with the high court ruling, especially considering that Davis had testified earlier that her supporters are raising funds for her and calling her office to offer financial support, WYMT reported.
‘Her conscience remains unshackled’
Bunning said he, too, was religious, but he explained that when he took his oath to become a judge, that oath trumped his personal beliefs, the station reported.
“Her good faith belief is simply not a viable defense,” Bunning said.
Davis thanked the judge for his ruling, according to WYMT. She was not placed in handcuffs, but a U.S. marshal led her out of the courtroom.
Celebrations and protests erupted outside the courthouse in Ashland, Kentucky, when those who attended the hearing exited the courtroom with news of the decision. Chants of “Love won! Love won!” filled the air.
Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, which represented Davis, said he was “stunned” by the judge’s ruling.
“Knowing Kim Davis and her strong Christian resolve and convictions, she may be jailed behind bars, but her conscience remains free,” he told CNN.
He said his client had became a different person 4 1/2 years ago after attending a church service that affected her beliefs.
“That is the reason why her conscience is so strong,” he said. “She loves her Lord, she loves God, and she can’t disobey her conscience or be disobedient.”
Davis, an Apostolic Christian who says she has a sincere religious objection to same-sex marriage, has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the Supreme Court decision in June legalizing same-sex marriage.
In court documents filed Wednesday, her attorneys argue that she shouldn’t be held in contempt. Instead, they argued, there are alternatives that would allow couples to get marriage licenses in Rowan County without going against Davis’ religious beliefs.
Among the options they offered were allowing other officials to issue marriage licenses in the county, distributing marriage licenses at the state level or changing marriage license forms to remove Davis’ name.
A seat inside the courtroom was a hot ticket. Before the session began, more than 100 people were turned away from Bunning’s courtroom, which holds 300 people. A federal law enforcement source told CNN that because of the controversy surrounding the case, Bunning was provided with a security escort on his way into work.
‘Respect the law; do your job!’
A large crowd, leaning mostly in support of Davis, gathered outside the courthouse before the hearing, many carrying signs. “Jesus Saves” read one, “Homo sex is sin,” read another, while one sign pointed passers-by to the Bible’s Acts 5:29, which quotes Peter and other apostles saying, “We must obey God rather than human beings!”
Lana Bailey of Worthington, about a 20-minute drive northwest of Ashland, brought signs as well, both of which seemed to address Davis: “My gay friends pay taxes which helps pay you… right??” and “Respect the law; do your job!”
“I’m here to support equal rights for all,” she said. “It’s just called respect. I don’t understand why we’re having this. Why are we spending money on this? … If you can’t do your job then you need to step down. You need to resign.”
Jason Porter, a pastor at Ashland’s Gospel Light Baptist Church, spoke for the other side and said he wasn’t at the courthouse “to bash people’s decisions and lifestyles,” but he worried that if people were allowed to continue doing whatever they want to do, “the floodgates will open to other areas of polygamy.”
He did not elaborate on how same-sex marriage was akin to polygamy, which is the act of having multiple spouses. Polygamy is illegal in every state.
Echoing those who cited Acts 5:29, he said he felt Davis had a right to refuse to issue the marriage license and, waving his Bible, he told CNN he bore no hatred toward gay couples and is merely standing “for the truths of my God’s word.”
“I just know the destruction that this brings. As a pastor, I see the background. I see the broken families. I see the AIDS. I see the folks dying of diseases and the brokenness of relationships,” he said.
Lawyers: Issuing licenses ‘violates her conscience’
Two other county clerks in Kentucky are also refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, according to a statement on Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s website.
Bunning ordered Davis to resume the issuing of marriage licenses on August 12. Monday night, the Supreme Court denied an emergency application from Davis, who asked that Bunning’s order be put on hold pending appeal.
In a statement released Tuesday, Davis, a Democrat, said she has received death threats but intends to continue to serve as the county clerk — a position she was elected to fill in November.
In court papers, attorneys for Davis argued that she is unable to comply with the court orders because issuing same-sex marriage licenses “irreparably and irreversibly violates her conscience.”
Finding her in contempt of court, they argued in the motion filed Wednesday, also would “substantially burden Davis’ religious exercise.”
Related: Court clerk who won’t issue marriage licenses has been divorced three times
But some scoff at the clerk, suggesting she’s a hypocrite because she’s been divorced three times.
Davis said she’s a different person now since becoming a Christian four years ago.
“I am not perfect,” she said in a statement. “No one is. But I am forgiven.”
The ACLU attorneys, who represent two same-sex couples and two opposite-sex couples who want to get married in Rowan County, argued that Davis has no legal basis to avoid performing her duties as a government clerk.
And a federal prosecutor said it’s time for Davis and her county to comply.
“Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not disobey it,” U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey said in a statement. “The County Clerk has presented her position through the federal court system, all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for the Clerk and the County to follow the law.”
CNN’s Sonia Moghe, Alexandra Field, Ariane de Vogue and Jeremy Diamond contributed to this report.
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