One of the most hotly debated topics lately has centered around Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and her continued refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples; a decision that eventually landed her in jail for ignoring a court order for her to issue those licenses.
That’s a distinction which I feel cannot be emphasized enough. Ms. Davis is not in jail because she’s a Christian. She’s in jail because, as an elected official who swore to adhere to the laws of our Constitution, she has refused to do her job and defied a judge who specifically told her to do that job or go to jail.
Another part of this “controversy” centers around some pushing for Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to issue an executive order that would allow Kim Davis to not have to sign marriage licenses, instead letting her deputies issue them to gay couples. Some have claimed this is a “fair” compromise that addresses concerns by both sides.
I completely disagree.
Normally I’m someone who advocates compromise, but not in this instance. The laws of Kentucky should not be changed or altered to allow marriage licenses to be issued without the signature of the county clerk as a “way around infringing on Kim Davis’ religious beliefs.”
Excuse my language, but that’s complete bullshit – especially considering what an absolute hypocrite this woman is.
She’s an elected official who doesn’t want to follow Constitutional law. It is completely absurd for anyone to suggest that we need to start passing “workaround legislation” that would essentially still allow people to discriminate against the Constitutional rights of others. Ms. Davis was elected to do a job. If she refuses to do that job, then she needs to resign or be removed from office – period.
This is not just about gay couples getting married, this is about equal rights for gay Americans. While it might seem petty and inconsequential, a county clerk’s signature not being on a marriage license still means that those gay couples receiving those unsigned licenses aren’t being treated equally.
Again, it’s just a signature – but it represents something much more than that.
If Davis is allowed to keep her job without signing the licenses of gay couples, she will then become an elected official who successfully managed to remain a public servant while willfully defying our Supreme Court and the Constitution, and was legally allowed to infringe upon the Constitutional rights of gay Americans.
I’m absolutely opposed to any sort of legislative maneuvering that would allow this woman to get away with defying our Constitution.
If she doesn’t want to do her job, she can resign. Nobody is stopping her. It’s as simple as that. Her job is not to determine who has the right to get married. Her job is to determine who is legally allowed to get married. So, being that bans on same-sex marriage were ruled unconstitutional, she has no legal right to deny gay couples licenses because she doesn’t agree with their right to get married. That’s a personal belief, not a legal one.
Oh, and by the way, she’s not issuing marriage licenses to straight couples, either. So, technically, she’s not even doing that part of her job. She has no legal basis to deny straight couples a marriage license who are legally allowed to get married.
When all is said and done, this woman is just really wanting to become some sort of martyr in what I think is nothing more than a get-rich-quick scheme. I’m sure once all this dust settles, especially if she loses her job, she’s going to be flush with cash from all the donations that will undoubtedly pour in from her supporters who were dumb enough to fall for this con artist.
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