I know. You’re tired of hearing about Kim Davis. I am, too.
But this one bit of overlooked news has a bit of an interesting local angle.
Among the throngs of people who amassed in Kentucky to support the law-breaking court clerk were several of the Charlotte-area’s own homegrown anti-LGBT extremists.
Flip Benham, his twin sons Jason and David, and ol’ pal Ante Pavkovic have all been cited by local media there and national media for their appearances at Davis rallies and protests in recent days.
Hilariously, the Benham Brothers came to Davis’ defense using a fake George Washington quote, as Right Wing Watch reports.
Their father, Flip, was on-hand for local protests at the home of the federal judge who ordered Davis in contempt of court. It’s a scene Benham has been found in before, having been convicted of stalking an abortion doctor.
The rally outside U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning’s home in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, was organized by the anti-abortion group Operation Save America, and protesters carried signs distributed by the conservative American View group founded by the neo-Confederate creationist Michael Peroutka.
“You, sir, are the one that’s in contempt of the law,” said the Rev. Philip “Flip” Benham, head of Operation Save America and father of would-be reality TV stars David and Jason Benham. “You, sir, are the one in contempt of God’s court, you’re in contempt of the Constitution of the United States of America, of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and sir, you need to repent.”
“If you don’t repent, we’re going to ask that the sheriff in Grayson County arrest you for putting this precious little girl into jail,” Benham added. “It’s wrong.”
Benham and his group have called on the Rowan County sheriff to arrest the federal judge when he arrives at work Thursday.
“Judge Bunning is in contempt of the Court of Almighty God and the constitutions of both Kentucky and the United States,” said Benham, who has been convicted of stalking an abortion provider, in a statement that included the name of the judge’s street.
And Benham’s ol’ pal Ante Pavkovic, perhaps most well-known for his disruption of a Hindu opening prayer in the U.S. Senate in 2007, found himself harassing employees at the local clerks office.
Ante Pavkovic, one of the people who helped organize pro-Davis rallies outside the Grayson, Kentucky, detention center where Davis was jailed, lectured the deputy clerks not to violate their oaths of office. He criticized Bunning and the U.S. Supreme Court justices who backed gay marriage.
“Do not join them in this any further, and if you can’t do that, then you should just quit,” Pavkovic, 49, of North Carolina, said, standing in the clerk’s office in Morehead, Kentucky.
He waved a sign in the faces of the deputy clerks that read, “Fire the cowardly clerks that are lawbreakers.” He was asked to leave by a deputy sheriff.
Benham, Pavkovic and crowd have reportedly become so venomous that LGBT activists who had staged counter-protests were instead skipping the event, according to The New Civil Rights Movement who pointed to feedback received by BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden:
No LGBT activists outside Kim Davis office today. One told me they skipped because they are increasingly "worried" by "so many threats."
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) September 9, 2015
Another North Carolina local has also been seen in Kentucky. He’s a familiar sight at LGBT events in Charlotte, where he quite literally wears a burlap sack and carries around a big Bible with the words “Holy Bible” written on front with white tape.
— Dr. Max Wachtel (@mwachtel) September 4, 2015