Could anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis be gracing the cover of TIME magazine as its Person of the Year?
It’s unlikely (we hope), but her supporters are trying to make it happen after they nominated the unpleasant American homophobe for the anticipated annual title.
TIME went so far as to include Davis on their website’s face-off poll, allowing readers to “have their say.” Thankfully, the actual Person of the Year is chosen by the magazine’s editors (although, notably, Hitler was selected in 1938).
“Kim Davis inspired a nation and the world to fight for religious liberty when she chose a prison cell rather than sacrificing her conscience,” said Liberty Counsel, the group that’s provided legal assistance to Davis.
Its chairman, Matthew Staver, added that Davis “joins a long list of people who were imprisoned for their conscience. People who today we admire like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Jan Huss, John Bunyan, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and others like them.”
The group urged fellow religious bigots to vote for Davis on TIME’s site. Voting closes on December 6. The winner of the readers’ polls will be announced the following day, while TIME’s Person of the Year will be revealed on December 9.
In September, the stubborn public servant spent five days in jail after she ignored a court order compelling her to do her job. She argued that having to issue same sex marriage licenses was in conflict with her Christian beliefs.
Davis quickly became a poster child for the so-called “religious freedom” movement, which posits that discrimination against LGBT people should be permitted on the basis of one’s religious views. She has lost legal battle after legal battle as the courts refused to entertain her views.