September 9, 2015 at 7:02 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Calif. man creates Twitter account mocking Kim Davis

Kim Davis, gay news, Washington Blade

A California man has created a Twitter account that mocks Rowan County (Ky.) Clerk Kim Davis. (Photo courtesy Twitter)

A Twitter account that mocks the Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has more than 93,000 followers.

Dave, a self-described “straight bear” in California who declined to provide the Washington Blade with his last name, created the @nexttokimdavis Twitter account last week after watching a video clip of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis speaking to reporters from her office.

“I sit next to Kim Davis,” reads the account’s description. “This was supposed to just be a chill job. Goddamn it, Kim.”

The account’s profile picture is a woman sitting next to Davis as she speaks to reporters. Dave told the Blade on Wednesday during a telephone interview that he noticed everyone in the office “was trying so hard to hide their face and not be on camera.”

“They were having that moment that we all know from the office that two people were fighting and not trying to see it,” said Dave. “I noticed it.”

The account went viral after Dan Savage read the third tweet and retweeted it.

Davis, an Apostolic Christian, has gained national attention for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to marry throughout the country.

U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning last month ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the ruling, but the justices declined.

Bunning on Sept. 3 found Davis in contempt of court and ordered U.S. marshals to take her into custody.

Bunning on Tuesday ordered Davis’ release under the condition that she does not interfere with her deputies who are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was standing alongside Davis on Tuesday as she spoke to supporters after her release.

“My sense is that this is less of a culture war than people want it to be,” Dave told the Blade. “This lady is just kind of a dick…you can tell by everybody in the office that she’s just kind of a dick.”

“Mike Huckabee is not doing very well in the polls,” he added.

The Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT legal group that represents Davis, on Wednesday said in a statement that she will not return to work until Sept. 14.

“I am deeply moved by all those who prayed for me,” said Davis in the Liberty Counsel statement. “All I can say is that I am amazed and very grateful.”

The Associated Press reported Davis’ lawyers on Wednesday did not say whether their client will comply with Bunning’s order not to interfere with the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in her office.

“I went viral and I get the feeling that she (Davis) went viral too,” Dave told the Blade. “If she wasn’t in an elected position…nobody would care.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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