Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed in 2015 for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, will be touring Romania to rally support against marriage equality laws.
The Kentucky clerk will be going with Harry Mihet, the vice president of legal affairs for Anti-LGBT religious group Liberty Counsel. According to LGBTQ Nation, the pair is going to try to rally for a change of the definition of marriage in the Romanian constitution with the support of the Russian Orthodox church.
Davis became nationally known after she went against a U.S. Federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. According to the New York Times, Davis said she was “acting in god’s will” when she blocked the requests of LGBT couples.
“I am so glad for this amazing opportunity to finally introduce Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis personally to my Romanian people,” said Mihet to LGBTQ Nation. “Her story resonates loudly with them, and they are receiving her tearfully and very warmly, because they can still remember the not-so-long-ago days when they were themselves persecuted and imprisoned for their conscience.”
Currently, the petition is awaiting court approval and the move could be voted on as early as the fall. According to LGBTQ Nation, Romanian president Klaus Iohannis is against the bill, as well as the largest opposition party in the country.
Romania currently has no laws against homosexuality and labels marriage as a partnership between “two spouses.” According to Reuters, the Coalition for the Family collected three million signatures in favor of changing the constitution.