Protest Letters, Petition in Support of Kim Davis’ Impeachment
Chicago, IL: October 1, 2015
Beginning Thursday, October 1 and running for six weeks, Kim Davis’ office will be inundated with protest letters filled with rainbow glitter. According to the website Mail Kim Davis Glitter (http://mailkimdavisglitter.com), the goal is to stand together in protest of Davis’ illegal and demeaning actions through 25,000 letters filled with rainbow glitter. Rowan County (Kentucky) Clerk Kim Davis gained notoriety when she famously refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that made gay marriage legal in all 50 states. She spent five days in jail for disobeying a federal court order to issue the licenses.
For $10, supporters will be able to purchase a physical protest letter filled with rainbow glitter, to be delivered to Davis’ office in Rowan County, KY between Oct. 1 and Nov. 15. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to http://stop-homophobia.com/ to support their suicide prevention program and help bring an end to homophobia. The website also contains a petition calling for Davis’ impeachment that supporters can sign.
Protest organizer Jed McClure explains, "Kim Davis is telling our vulnerable LGBTQ youth that they are unworthy of equality. I simply cannot accept that. I want to send a message loud and clear that regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation we are all equal as human beings and entitled to the same rights and privileges. I hope the public will agree and support this protest."
Rainbow glitter was chosen for a very specific reason. McClure explains, “The rainbow is a religious symbol of hope and peace. It represents cheerfulness, joy, and celebration, as well as inclusion and multiculturalism. Glitter is sparkly, festive, harmless, and fun, but also a pain to clean up. That makes it a perfect choice for our protest, and a constant reminder of our cause.”
Organizers understand that once Davis catches on to the protest she will not continue to open the letters. But they also understand that 25,000 letters cannot be ignored. For every one physical letter, there are at least 100 more people who share their beliefs.
Those who wish to send a letter can do so anonymously. The site also includes a petition that supporters can sign to impeach Kim Davis and remove her from office. Protest supporters can purchase an unlimited number of protest letters or sign the petition by visiting http://mailkimdavisglitter.com.