A billboard has been put up by an LGBTQ group in the hometown of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses for religious reasons, mocking her and challenging her interpretation of the Bible.
The billboard, paid for by the nonprofit organization Planting Peace, according to NBC News,
reads: "Dear Kim Davis, the fact that you can't sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we've already redefined marriage."
Davis was returning to work on Monday as Rowan County clerk after she was released from jail, noted CNN
. U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning had accused her of contempt of court when she refused to allow her office to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Davis has said that doing so would violate her religious beliefs.
The billboard's message referenced a Bible passage
that says a women can be sold into marriage as slaves, said NBC News.
Planting Peace president Aaron Jackson told USA Today
that the group posted the billboard in Morehead hoping to "expose how the anti-LGBT movement is selective in what rules to follow and how they choose to define 'traditional' institutions or values."
"We have been told members of the local community have been taking photos and selfies in front of the billboard," said Jackson. "We are excited that they've embraced our message."
Some liberal groups have pointed to a scene from the old television series "The West Wing" to make the same point as Planting Peace in which actor Martin Sheen points to passages of the Bible about marriage.
Davis's battle in federal court continued to spotlight the controversy around the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision this summer that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, said USA Today.
Davis has not said whether her office would continue to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses when she returned on Monday, a move that could bring her before Bunning again, said CNN.
"I don't know exactly what she is going to do," said Mat Staver, her defense attorney. "That is Kim's ultimate decision. We'll find out what Kim does when she goes to work."
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