Kim Davis — the infamous Kentucky county clerk who went to jail after refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the 2015 legalization of same-sex marriage — is now on a nine-day tour of Romania persuading religious leaders to speak out against the possibility of a marriage equality vote in the country. She’s being accompanied by her former legal team, the Liberty Counsel, an organization that has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
According to a Liberty Counsel press release, Romania’s Senate is currently considering a petition allegedly signed by three million of Romania’s 20 million citizens (and approved by the country’s Constitutional Court) urging them to allow a public vote on same-sex marriage. If the Senate approves, the vote will occur.
Davis and Harry Mihet, Liberty Counsel’s vice president of legal affairs, have reportedly already visited two Archbishops of the Orthodox Church who “[received] her tearfully and very warmly, because they can still remember the not-so-long-ago days when they were themselves persecuted and imprisoned for their conscience.”
Davis went to jail on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 for her refusal to issue marriage licenses and was released five days later. Upon release from prison, Davis became the darling of the Christianist right, appearing at a press conference with anti-LGBTQ Republican politicians Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz. Her legal shenanigans cost Kentucky taxpayers $222,695.
Her legal representation, the Liberty Counsel, has called homosexuality an “immoral, unnatural, and self-destructive … sexual perversion.” They have supported laws that criminalize consensual adult anal sex and have promoted the use of ex-gay conversion therapy, a form of psychological abuse that has been widely discredited and disavowed by the psychological community.