Religious Freedom? #KimDavis Ordered to Jail for Not Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Yesterday we posted about Kim Davis, an elected Democrat in Kentucky, who refused to issue marriage licenses (to both gay and straight couples) after the Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage this past June. Davis cited her first amendment right to freely practice her religion as her reasons not to issue the license. If you're not familiar with the first amendment, here it is in its entirety:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It's the bolded clause that Kim Davis used as her reasoning for not issuing marriage licenses. Here's the issue here. She is a Democrat and she is a public employee. She works for the government. Employees of government must adhere to government law. So make no mistake, this is not the same as forcing a church to issue same-sex marriage licenses, or forcing a bakery to bake a cake for a gay wedding. We either believe in law and order or we don't. In this case, same-sex marriage is the law of the land for the government. So let's not simplify it.
But there are two significant problems.
1. This woman was ELECTED to office, by the people. So really, the people are the ones who need to fire her. If I were her, I'd quit. Straight up.
2. The law was changed after she'd taken office. So that's kind of a contract screw-job. When she signed on the dotted line, this wasn't a part of the deal. This new part of the deal forces her to violate her conscience. So we come back to the religious freedom issue.
My problem is with the leftist activists who are bullying and calling for her head. Kim Davis has been found in contempt and ordered to jail, and now the loving, compassionate, tolerant left is celebrating. From the AP:
U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said "thank you" before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. She was not in handcuffs.
Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. She argues that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses.
Forest, meet trees. Cue the applause from the #LoveIsLove LGBT movement. Cue the applause from the same people who applauded the California Attorney General, who didn't uphold California's Proposition 8, but wanted Kim Davis strung up and made an example of. Start waving your rainbow flags as you scream hateful vitriolic rhetoric in the name of tolerance and love.
Intolerance for gay people? No. Intolerance for religious people? Yes. Welcome to the shot heard round the country.