In jailing a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a federal judge noted that the clerk had sworn an oath to perform her job, just as many other public servants do. "Oaths mean things," U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Thursday.
Here is the oath of office taken by county clerks in Kentucky:
Section 228 of the Kentucky Constitution, oath of officers and attorneys:
Members of the General Assembly and all officers, before they enter upon the execution of the duties of their respective offices, and all members of the bar, before they enter upon the practice of their profession, shall take the following oath or affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of _______ according to law; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God."
— Source: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission