It's Monday morning, which means that somewhere in Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis is returning to work after a court-mandated vacation (in jail). But, before she walks through those doors and gets back to business, she might drive past a billboard that has been put up to mock her position on marriage equality.
Created by Planting Peace, a nonprofit focused on a variety of issues like LGBTQ equality, the rainforests, and deworming, the billboard 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."
The billboard refers to a passage in the book of Exodus where the Israelites were given the go-ahead to sell their daughters as long as certain stipulations were followed.
In a statement, Planting Peace (the group responsible for the rainbow house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church) said the "intent of the billboard is to expose this narrow interpretation by Davis and others that they use to defend their discrimination against the LGBTQ community." The group says they're making a point about the number of "zealots" who use the Bible as a shield against supporting equality while ignoring other edicts the book contains.
Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace, told NBC News that the billboard cost $500 and will remain in place for a month. The group cites the dangerous rhetoric as a direct cause of suicide and other forms of self-harm by LGBTQ youth.
Jackson says Planting Peace wants children facing this uncertainty to know "You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful. There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you. You are not alone."
Davis has maintained that she will not follow the court's orders and begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
This morning she demanded her name and title be removed from the licenses being issued.
In a press conference before she entered the building, Davis told the assembled crowd "I'm no hero."
She's finally starting to make sense.
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