- Date of Birth:
- September 17, 1965
- 5' 5"
Kim Davis (born Kimberley Jean Bailey on September 17, 1965 in Morehead, Kentucky) is an American elected official. Kim served as the deputy clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, from 1991 to 2015, the second in command under her mother, county clerk Jean W. Bailey. When her mother announced she would step down in 2014, Kim ran for the vacant position. She won the Democratic primary and faced Republican John Cox in the general election. She prevailed and was elected the Rowan County Clerk. In July 2015, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples were entitled to the fundamental right to marry, Kim refused to fulfill her duty as the county clerk by issuing marriage licenses to four same-sex couples. She cited her religious beliefs as the reason behind her action. The couples filed a lawsuit against Davis and the case gained national attention. In August 2015, a federal district judge found Kim in Contempt of Court and issued that she be jailed. She was released five days later and was instructed not to interfere with the issuing of marriage licenses. In September 2015, Kim changed her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
Best Known For:
Kim Davis is best known as the Kentucky County Clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Kim has been married four times to three different men: Dwain Allen Wallace, Joe Davis and Thomas Dale McIntyre Jr. She remarried Joe in 2009 after divorcing him in 2004. Kim gave birth to twins, fathered by Thomas, just five months after her divorce with Dwain. Kim claimed that she secretly met Pope Francis during his 2015 visit to America. The Vatican confirmed this to be true.