LEXINGTON – At 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, Casey County Clerk Casey Davis left his home to launch a bike ride that will take him from Pikeville to Paducah to elevate the dire situation of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, whose request for a stay while she appeals the District Court’s initial decision was denied late Wednesday afternoon by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“I cannot let my sister go to jail without my doing something to let others know about her plight,” said Casey, as he prepared for his departure to Pikeville to begin his ride. The two Davis’ are not related by blood but by religious conviction.
Casey Davis believes that Kim Davis’ fate is and has been in the hands of Gov. Beshear, who vetoed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 2013 and is now ignoring it even though the General Assembly overrode his veto to make the provision law. The RFRA requires the government to use the “least restrictive means” when it infringes on any citizen’s religious liberty to serve a “compelling interest.” According to Casey, “To date the Governor has not lifted a finger for Kim. He should do his job first before he makes unlawful demands that she do hers.”