Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis received a cold welcome by a nonprofit when she returned home after spending five days in jail for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples saying it went against her religious beliefs. A billboard, installed by Planting Peace nonprofit last week, mocked the clerk on her return to her hometown in Rowan County .
“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 read, seeming to refer to a Bible scripture in Exodus that says women can be sold into a marriage as slaves.
Aaron Jackson, president of Planting Peace, said that the billboard cost $500 and will be up at the spot for a month, NBC News reported Sunday.
“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,” Planting Peace said Friday, in a statement.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states. However, Davis refused to follow the law and declined marriage licenses to couple saying her Apostolic Christian beliefs stopped her from issuing licenses to gay couples.
Davis was found in contempt of court and was arrested Sept. 3. She was released on Sept. 8, however, and was told by court that she could not interfere with her deputies giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Davis, who triggered a national debate about religious freedom earlier this month, has garnered widespread support from evangelical Christian groups and conservative political figures. Churches and some Republican leaders have said the U.S. Supreme Court’s validation of same-sex marriage nationwide would lead to the criminalization of local officials and business owners who refuse to take part in gay unions as a matter of religious principle.