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posted Friday, September 11, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 37
Armed 'Christian Patriots' vow to protect Kim Davis, threaten judge, governor
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Armed 'Christian Patriots' vow to protect Kim Davis, threaten judge, governor

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A self-appointed 'Christian Patriot' militia will be at the Rowan County, Kentucky, courthouse on September 14 when Kim Davis returns to her job as County Clerk.

The Oath Keepers militia said they would protect Davis and prevent federal marshals from re-arresting her if she tries to prevent deputy clerks from issuing marriage licenses to Lesbian and Gay couples.

Davis was released from jail September 8 after spending a week there on federal contempt of court charges resulting from her refusal to issue licenses to same-sex couples. One of the conditions of her release was that she not interfere with her deputies, who have been issuing the documents as required by law.

Armed Oath Keepers have previously blocked U.S. Marshals from arresting cattle rancher Cliven Bundy for illegally grazing his cattle on protected federal land in a 2014 standoff at his ranch. They also appeared in Ferguson, Missouri, claiming to 'help' police keep order in the town during protests after the police shooting of Michael Brown.

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes announced yesterday that he had reached out to Davis' lawyers at Liberty Counsel to offer the protection of his group, which he says is already forming a presence in Rowan County.

Rhodes said in a statement that his offer has nothing to do with same-sex marriage, but is based on his conviction that Davis had been illegally detained by the federal judge who held her in contempt for violating multiple court orders.

Rhodes said that the Rowan County sheriff should have blocked U.S. Marshals from detaining Davis, but since neither the sheriff nor the Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear were willing to act on behalf of Davis, the Oath Keepers would do so instead.

'As far as we're concerned, this is not over,' Rhodes said, 'and this judge needs to be put on notice that his behavior is not going to be accepted and we'll be there to stop it and intercede ourselves if we have to. If the sheriff, who should be interceding, is not going to do his job and the governor is not going to do the governor's job of interceding, then we'll do it.'

Rhodes is a former aide to Republican Congressman Ron Paul.

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