“I was watching the news on television, one evening, and saw they were holding a rally in Kentucky for Kim Davis,” spoke Donald Tomblin of Malta. “My friend Ronnie Jordan and I decided to drive to Grayson, KY, to join others and support Kim Davis, because we think what she did was right.”
Kim Davis is the Rowan County, KY, Clerk of Courts who refuses to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear had sent a letter to all 120 Kentucky county clerks in June, instructing them to comply with the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision. Kim Davis respectively disregarded that decision, considering the High Court’s decision on same-sex marriage to be in direct violation of Kentucky law, the Kentucky Constitution, the U.S. Constitution, and her Christian beliefs.
“We left Malta at 10:30 Tuesday morning, (Sept. 8) and drove over 187 miles, one way, to Grayson. We got back to Malta at about 8:30 p.m. that evening, after driving over 400 miles overall.”
Tomblin stated, in an interview held at the Herald newsroom, that the temperature was about 90 degrees during the rally for Davis.
“Several people, in attendance, passed out due to the heat during the rally,” Tomblin said. “Almost everybody was using umbrellas to deflect the sun’s rays. We saw a lot of city police, Carter County Sheriff Deputies and Kentucky State Patrol officers, all standing around with shotguns. I guess they were expecting problems, but they got none.”
Tomblin said he guesses the crowd consisted of at least between 1,500 to 2,000 people, all in favor of Kim Davis. Tomblin and Jordan spoke to people from Philadelphia, PA; Lancaster, OH; and Blairsville, GA, just to name a few. Tomblin said there were also people at the rally from Alabama, Indiana, Texas and all places in between.
“People were scattered all over the place, and we were standing elbow to elbow to hear the speakers. The newspapers, television and radio reporters came from all over the country,” Tomblin explained. “We saw rows of cameramen, with cameras and digital machines on tripods, standing side-by-side. There were news media and affiliates from everywhere at the rally. We were right beside Kim Davis when she was first released from jail, and we saw her and her husband, Joe, embrace as she was released from jail.”
Tomblin and Jordan saw and heard GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee celebrate the release of Kim Davis, who walked out of jail with him on that Tuesday afternoon. Huckabee also spoke to the crowd of supporters.
The following is an excerpt from Huckabee’s speech:
“Five unelected lawyers think they can rule. We’re here to say, no, they cannot,” the former Baptist pastor, Huckabee said to a crowd of supporters who cheered in agreement.
Huckabee also had a message for the judge who jailed Davis, Judge David Bunning.
“If this judge believes that somebody must be put in jail because a person is willing to stand on the biblical definition of marriage, and is willing to stand because they believe that the Constitution does not allow the courts to make up law according to their own whims…I would ask this of him, let Kim go. But if you have to put someone in jail, I volunteer to go.
“Lock me up if you think that’s how freedom is best served,” he challenged.
Huckabee concluded by posing a question to the crowd. “Who’s next?” he said, referencing the possibility of a baker or a pastor being penalized for upholding his or her faith.
“Will you be ready to take the stand?”
Tomblin and Jordan also saw and heard Tony Perkins and Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel give a speech.
Mathew D. Staver is the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action, Chairman of Freedom Federation, Chairman of Salt and Light Council, and Chief Counsel and Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/CONELA, representing over 500,000 churches in America and Latin America.
“There are people in this world today, beheading Christians, because they are Christians,” Tomblin said sincerely. “Everybody in the United States has the right to religious freedom, but it seems the courts are not permitting Kim Davis her right to act according to her beliefs. They put her in jail for practicing what she believes is right.”
Original article written by MARK FAULHABER and can be read here.