It is too bad that it had to come to this…but County Clerk Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses. I respect her right to hold her religious beliefs but as an elected official she can’t refuse to discharge her legal obligations as the county clerk. It would have been better if she had been willing to comply or if the judge thought simply fining her for refusing to do her job would be sufficient.
But where the wheels come off is in the comments from her attorney, Roger Gannam:
Davis’ lawyer, Roger Gannam, said it was the first time in history an American citizen has been jailed for believing that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. He compared her willingness to accept imprisonment to what Martin Luther King Jr. did to advance civil rights.
Well Mr. Gannam is right…this is reminiscent of the Civil Rights Movement…but she is more in line with Governor George Wallace standing the school door.
The New York Times covers the issue in far more detail and they actually bring up the Gov. Wallace comparison. But it also expands on Mr. Gannam’s comments:
“And she’s been ordered to stay there until she’s willing to change her mind, until she’s willing to change her conscience about what belief is.”
Aaahmmm…no…she’s not being asked to change her beliefs…she can continue to believe that same sex marriages aren’t right…she is just being asked to change her mind on whether she wants to do her job or not.
One last snippet from the NYT before I publish this:
A lawyer for the couples (who are trying to get married – ed), William Sharp, said Thursday’s ruling demonstrated that “religious liberty is not a sword with which government, through its employees, may impose particular religious beliefs on others.”
And that seems to be a trend…impose one’s beliefs on another by not doing your job.
Your rights end where the next person’s begins.