Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Laws Are For Little People

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
--Rev. 13:17

The Washington Post suddenly has found time to be enraged that a public official is not following "the law":
There's a long and not exactly auspicious history in this country of people resisting court orders aimed at defending the civil rights of minority groups.

On Tuesday, a Kentucky county clerk named Kim Davis created the basis for the latest chapter. Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone so that she might avoid the task of having to issue or refuse to issue one to a gay or lesbian couple. Davis said in a statement released by Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal organization representing her, that her religious beliefs bar her from doing so.

I love my job and the people of Rowan County. ... I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of Scripture and of Jesus Himself regarding marriage. To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God's definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.
She made similar comments during a last-ditch legal bid Monday that went before the U.S. Supreme Court and failed. Davis's reasons might be principled and deeply rooted in her faith. There's no real public reason to question that or even the accuracy of her read on the Bible.

But as an elected public official, Davis's duties include issuing documents such as marriage licenses that bring with them a whole host of tax and other financial benefits and clarify procedures and rights in the event of an accident, a death or even a breakup.
 Note: Davis is not discriminating against gay couples, but is refusing to issue licenses to anyone and everyone. Thus, she is treating all persons equally who come to her office for marriage licenses.

Update (9/3/2015): "Defiant Kentucky county clerk JAILED for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples: Jubilant gay rights activists chant 'Love won' and clash with her supporters after landmark decision"--Daily Mail.

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