Jailed county clerk Kim Davis had a tear-filled message for supporters on Monday: “God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”
Liberty Counsel’s Chief Litigation Counsel, Harry Mihet, visited Davis, 49, at the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Kentucky. Mihet said Davis, who is be held on oral contempt charges, was moved to tears by the outpouring of prayer support just outside her prison walls.
“I had an amazing visit with Kim. She exudes gentleness and is at peace. Her spirits remain high. She was brought to tears when she heard that so many people outside the jail and around the country are praying for her,” Mihet said in a statement released by the religious nonprofit.
The Christian clerk told Mihet to share 2 Timothy 1:7-8 with her supporters: “God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in the suffering for the gospel and the power of God.”
Attorneys for Davis put in an official appeal with the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sunday. She was sent to jail five days ago under a contempt ruling by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, though the contempt ruling was an oral one and not written. The judge ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples in August, but she refused on religious grounds. Her request for a stay of his order was denied by a U.S. appeals court and by the U.S. Supreme Court, Reuters reported.
“Today is a holiday where most people are spending time with family and friends. But for Kim Davis this is day five of her incarceration. While she is content no matter her circumstances because of her deep faith and Jesus, she should be free,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, in a statement released to the press.
The religious liberty organization also filed a request for an order providing relief for Davis that would set her free.
“The governor’s refusal to take elementary steps to protect religious liberties has now landed Kim Davis in jail. As a prisoner of her conscience, Davis continues to request a simple accommodation and exemption from the governor,” Staver added.
Davis, an elected official, cannot lose her job unless she loses a special session called by the governor or she is impeached by the state legislature, NBC News reported Monday.