The Kentucky County Clerk who was arrested for refusing to issue a same-sex marriage license due to her religious convictions, is home. She spent six days in an uncomfortable, cramped jell call, perhaps with Brawny Big Sal in the other bunk. Wow. Kim Davis is made of strong stuff.
But Kim Davis is also in violation of the law. I say that feeling certain she shouldn’t have gone to jail for it either
Same sex marriages are on books. The Supreme Court says marriage is an equal opportunity for all. As someone elected to her post, she swore she to uphold the laws of the land, not her creed. This isn’t s theocracy.
What it is, is her job as an instrument of the U.S. Constitution. She has to put her religious paradigms on hold. I don’t care if she’s a cloistered nun who’s a rabbi on the side with a son who’s a mullah.
If the possibility of Sharia law governing this country is appalling, overt Christianity should be a concern as well as. The same applies to any other religious or societal factions, whether they be in the form of Kim Davis or for that matter, Morey Sclechtman, Mohammed Alabaster or recently engaged Misters James and Brad So-In-So. There are some things you can decide for yourself…and some things you can’t.
Davis can be a conscientious objector, but to do so (in my opinion) means she must be willing to reach a compromise of some sort. Well, the reason why Davis is out of jail is because she asked for and was granted an accommodation—-she’s not requesting same-sex marriages be outlawed, she simply doesn’t want her signature on any legal documentation. It’s against what she personally believes, but that belief is an obstruction.
It didn’t need to get to this point. It was completely unavoidable and its exhausting to watch. It’s been a situation of extremes. The judge who put Davis in the Bastille over-corrected. The punishment didn’t fit the crime. Plus, her past has been brought up and dragged through the mud. She been married over and over, divorced amost as any times. As best I can tell, Davis Is a fairly recent convert to Christianity, Born Again as they say. Some find solace and centeredness at the gym, in therapy, others find it in religio, all viable entrees to finding inner peace. Groovy. She, like everyone else, she deserves a life edit, a do over. She has that— for now—but no doubt, someone will enter the picture and either politicize the shit out of it even further or shame and guilt society into seeing his or her version of moral righteousness.
But the long and short of it is as follows: she didn’t have to go to jail, neither did she have to turn this into a statement which now has been polarized. She should have respectfully disagreed to sign the marriage certificate and if it possible, “deputize” a willing coworker for the brief time it takes add a signature to a document. I don’t know how this got so crazy, who complained to who or what was the motivation. I’m all for religious freedom, part of the constitutional bedrock of this country, but I don’t like martyrdom in any form or fashion.
This is why Non-politicians are being heralded this election season. Everyone is tired of the rhetorical narrative spewed by the opposition. I am this, I am that. America needs this, it needs that. PPfffffft. Republican POTUS hopefuls, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are both in Kentucky, Huckabee on on stage, arm in arm with Davis. Cruz is somewhere in the crowd, taking selfies, to post if this mishegas becomes generally positive; or to delete just in case it all goes south. Personally, I feel they’re making a vast political mistake by even contemplating a jump on this constitutional defiance bandwagon. How can one legitimately run for a position which is contingent upon upholding the established laws of the parchment all the while saying it is bollocks to being with????
Then again, what the hell? I personally don’t think either contender has or will ever have a realistic shot at winning the primary. Maybe deep down they know this is true. If Cruz or Huckabee are going down, they have a right to pick their blaze of glory, but invariably, these guys also have to know to they’ll burn someone in the process.