Billboard calls out Kim Davis ahead of expected return to work Monday
MOREHEAD, Ky. —A new billboard that popped up along a busy Rowan County road has again drawn attention to the eastern Kentucky county ahead of embattled county clerk Kim Davis' expected return to work on Monday.
"Dear Kim Davis," the billboard reads, "the fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we've already redefined marriage."
The non-profit organization Planting Peace paid for the billboard, which is visible from Flemingsburg Road in Morehead.
"We put up this billboard just kind of reminding her that from a religious perspective, the definition of marriage has been constantly changing, and this isn't actually about religion," Davis Hammet, director of operations for the organization, said. "We're talking about government-issued marriage licenses here."
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Planting Peace is the organization known for its rainbow-colored "Equality House" directly across the street from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. According to its website, the organization is a "global nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world. Our projects focus primarily on humanitarian aid and environmental initiatives, including our multi-national deworming campaign, Equality House LGBTQ rights advocacy, a network of orphanages and safe havens, and conservation effort in the rainforests of Peru."
Now the new billboard is getting a lot of attention as a new chapter is set to begin in the ongoing story of Kim Davis.
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Davis' attorneys said last week after she was released from jail that Davis would return to work at the Rowan County Clerk's office on Monday.
On Friday, Davis' attorneys filed a new emergency stay motion in federal appeals court, asking for Judge Bunning's order for Davis to issue marriage licenses be thrown out.
The motion says U.S. District Judge David Bunning expanded an injunction against Davis while it was already on appeal. It says that expansion went beyond the original plaintiffs without notice, violating a fundamental rule of due process.
"The injunction against Kim Davis ordering her to issue marriage licenses cannot, without proper notice and briefing, be expanded to cover the entire world," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. "That original injunction is moot and should be dismissed. We are asking the court of appeals to stay its enforcement now that plaintiffs received what they sought."
Davis objects to same-sex marriage for religious reasons and stopped issuing all marriage licenses in June after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against Davis, and Bunning later ordered Davis to issue the licenses. She refused to do it saying she could not betray her conscience.
Bunning held Davis in contempt of court and sent her to jail for disobeying his order. Her deputy clerks then issued marriage licenses to gay couples, and Bunning released her September 8.
Davis' attorneys released a statement that says Bunning broadened the expanded injunction "to cover anyone in the world who seeks a license for same-sex marriage."
"Once the initial Injunction was appealed by Kim Davis to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Bunning had no jurisdiction over it, and thus no authority, to expand the Injunction," the statement says, noting that the original injunction ordering her to issue marriage licenses "should be moot and dismissed because it applied only to the named plaintiffs who have no further claim."
At a large rally outside the Carter County Jail on the day she was released, Davis' attorney said the fight for religious freedom is far from over.
"You see, the problem is today the same as it was when this case began," Staver told the crowd that day. "She cannot allow her name to be associated with something that conflicts with God's definition of marriage."
That's the message the folks behind the billboard say they're trying to counter.
In a message posted on its website on Friday, the organization claims the intent of the billboard is to "expose this narrow interpretation by Davis and others that they use to defend their discrimination against the LGBTQ community."
The organization also says it hopes the billboard can help encourage LGBTQ youth in Rowan County.
"There are LGBTQ youth across the world who are taking their lives at an alarming rate because of these messages from society that make them feel broken or less than," Planting Peace President Aaron Jackson said in a statement sent to our CBS affiliate, WKYT, on Saturday afternoon. "We have to meet hate with love, intolerance with compassion. Our message to our LGBTQ youth is simple: You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful. There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you. You are not alone."
FULL STATEMENT FROM PLANTING PEACE PRESIDENT AARON JACKSON:
"The intent of this billboard is to expose how the anti-LGBT movement is selective in what rules to follow and how they choose to define "traditional" institutions or values. It's important and relevant to call this out, because the actions of Kim Davis and the messages from the anti-LGBTQ movement are not simply about a political or religious debate. There are LGBTQ youth across the world who are taking their lives at an alarming rate because of these messages from society that make them feel broken or less than. We have to meet hate with love, intolerance with compassion. Our message to our LGBTQ youth is simple: You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful. There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you. You are not alone."More on AOL.com:
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