Same-sex wed­ding foes en­list Ken­tucky clerk

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS - – New York Times

BUCHAREST, Ro­ma­nia – The Ken­tucky of­fi­cial who was jailed in 2015 for re­fus­ing to is­sue mar­riage li­censes to same-sex cou­ples has been ad­vo­cat­ing against gay mar­riage this week thou­sands of miles from home – in Ro­ma­nia, where a move­ment to out­law such unions has gained mo­men­tum.

Few peo­ple in Ro­ma­nia ap­pear to know about the case of Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, Ky., but lo­cal gay and trans­gen­der rights groups were un­happy about her visit. Some de­scribed her as a for­eign in­ter­loper who had vi­o­lated the laws in her own coun­try.

Same-sex mar­riage is not per­mit­ted in Ro­ma­nia, but con­ser­va­tives there have waged a bat­tle to ex­plic­itly pro­hibit it, via a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment.

“We in­vite Kim Davis to share with us her fight for free­dom, her strong faith and her ex­pe­ri­ence in prison, which was the price she paid for stand­ing up for her faith,” Mi­hai Ghe­o­rghiu, pres­i­dent of the Coali­tion for Fam­ily, which is lead­ing the fight to out­law same-sex mar­riage, said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day. In both Ken­tucky and Ro­ma­nia, Davis de­scribed same-sex mar­riage as an at­tack on re­li­gious free­dom. But Vlad Viski, the pres­i­dent of MozaiQ, a les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der group in Ro­ma­nia, de­nounced the visit.

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