Anti-Gay Kentucky Clerk JAILED For Refusing To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

The anti-gay clerk in Kentucky, who seems to think it’s her mission to be a martyr for the cause of her god, has been found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody. Kim Davis, an Apostolic Christian of a whole four years, believes her “freedom” to practice her religion includes denying others their Constitutional rights. Despite multiple court orders, an order from Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and a denial of a stay from no less than the U.S. Supreme Court, she has continued to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in violation of all those orders and her oath of office.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning, who originally ruled that she didn’t have any right to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, told her, according to the Washington Post:

“The idea of natural law superceding [sic] this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed.”

He’s right; allowing an elected official to use their faith to refuse to do a job they swore to do would allow other elected officials to do it, too. Soon, we would become a theocracy. Worse, we would fall into anarchy as people of all faiths in all offices started doing their jobs according to their faiths, instead of the law they’ve sworn to obey and uphold.

The religious right would have an absolute field day if a Muslim tried to do what Kim Davis is doing. “Sharia law!” they would cry out in utter anguish. It’s only okay when Christians do this.

Kim Davis wants to be a martyr for a cause that doesn’t exist. What’s worse is that she’s become so overzealous in doing so that her deputy clerks, who want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in accordance with the law, are afraid to do so. According to Think Progress, their willingness to issue the licenses once she’s no longer a problem may save them from also facing punishment.

Rowan County Attorney, Cecil Watkins, said he cannot and will not support her on her “mission.” A Facebook post from the Kentucky Trial Court Review says that Watkins talked about courthouse employees being scared to even come to work because of Davis insanity. It’s not just her office; it’s everyone. Watkins says that Davis has put everyone in the courthouse in “a terrible position.”

If she wants to be a martyr, fine. Let her do it behind bars, and let her deputies and the rest of the courthouse employees come to work in peace. One group losing its ability to oppress another is not oppression, and Davis and her ilk need to learn that lesson soon.

Of course, the other zealots on the religious right will start pointing at her and say that they knew this was coming, and Obama is starting to jail people for their faith, so let’s be clear here: Davis is not being held in contempt of court and jailed because she’s Christian. This happened because she refused to do the job she swore under oath she would do. When a person’s job duties change to include something that they have a conscientious objection to doing, the proper way to handle it is to resign. It’s not to turn the entire office into a circus.

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