Justice

This Billboard in Kim Davis' Hometown Uses the Bible to Call Out Her Hypocrisy

September 14th 2015

By:
Mike Vainisi

As Kim Davis returned to work Monday morning, a new billboard in her hometown is generating attention for its message about the hypocrisy behind the Rowan County clerk's argument that the Bible prevents her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

The billboard reads "Dear Kim Davis, The fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we've already redefined marriage," apparently a reference to a verse in Exodus that endorses selling women into slavery. According to Planting Peace, the organization that erected the billboard, Davis and her supporters selectively interpret the Bible to attack same-sex marriage, ignoring other teachings that seem to contradict their definition of traditional marriage.

Kim Davis Billboard

"As has been painstakingly observed time and time again, the anti-LGBTQ movement is comprised of a substantial number of zealots who unfailingly refer to their rigid interpretation of religious text to narrowly define 'traditional' institutions and values," Planting Peace's website explains. "They pick and choose what they wish to convey as immoral and unacceptable, while seemingly sweeping lines of scripture just a few letters away completely under the rug."

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As LiveScience has pointed out, it's true that human beings have altered their view of the marriage over the last few thousand years. In many cultures, marriage was essentially an alliance between families and was often arranged by elders. In other cultures, polygamy was a common practice. Up until the 19th century even, a man taking on extramarital sexual partners was viewed as quite normal.

"Men's promiscuity was quite protected by the dual laws of legal monogamy but tolerance — basically enabling — of informal promiscuity," Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage, told LiveScience.

With this billboard, Planting Peace is seeking to call out Davis and her supporters for what they say is a misleading argument about the traditional "one man and one woman" definition of marriage.

"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," Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace, told The Huffington Post. "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 LGBT 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."

Davis returned to work on Monday after spending five days in jail last week for her refusal to issue marriage licenses. In a news conference Monday morning, Davis said that she's been left with a "seemingly impossible choice ... my conscience or my freedom." Despite Davis' resistance, her deputies have begun issuing licenses again. Davis, though, has filed another appeal asking a court to allow her to once again halt processing of marriage licenses.

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