Despite drawing blistering rebukes from numerous media outlets, the county clerk was widely praised in conservative Christian circles for her refusal to compromise her stance against gay marriage by issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Because she pointed to her Christian beliefs as the reason for her stand, Davis caught the attention of Southern’s School of Religion.
“She may not be an Adventist but we applaud Ms. Davis’s conviction and ability to stick to her guns under fire,” said Southern spokesperson Trew Flagship. “Adventists should always be concerned with the protection of religious liberty. The imprisonment of someone in modern-day America because they won’t compromise their beliefs is unacceptable regardless of how you feel about same-sex marriage.”
Although she retains her position as county clerk in Rowan, Davis will commence teaching at Southern via video link and make on-campus appearances for a series of intensive courses as her clerk schedule allows. She has also agreed to her first Adventist media interview with a group called Kinship.
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