Saturday, September 5, 2015

More on KY county clerk Kim Davis refusing to grant marriage licenses: "If she can't do the job, she should leave the job."

The consensus message to her appears to be: resign or stay in jail. For now, she is opting for jail.

Four husbands and now a jail sentence. And at least one columnist, EJ Montini, thinks she belongs in jail. I wouldn't mention the husbands but for Kim Davis' refusal to grant to others the same rights and privileges she has enjoyed - four times over.

Here, from a Facebook post by Jim Wright, is a list of reasons why each of us, regardless of political party or ideology or even religion, do not want some petty bureaucrat making these decisions for us. It boils down to this. Such folks are in the business of law enforcement and you do not want them deciding on the basis of their personal preference which laws to enforce and which to disregard. When it happens, you get chaos in the guise of "freedom."

Laurie Roberts at The Republic/azcentral.com has a longer version of the Ms. Davis' legal battles and the cloak of religion Davis wraps herself in.

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear ordered all county clerks in the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples but Davis refused.

A federal district court ordered Davis to comply with the law but Davis refused.

The United States Supreme Court turned down her appeal, and still Davis refused to obey the law of the land.

She hasn’t, however, refused to collect a paycheck for a job she’s unwilling to perform.

The unfortunate fact which Davis seems unwilling to confront is that she’s a public servant, sworn to uphold the law.

U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning -- appointed to the bench of President George W. Bush -- this morning called it "willful disobedience", right before he declared her in contempt and sent her off to the clink.

When I was a kid and this country had a draft, I used to hear of people who believed that going to war violated their religious beliefs. They became conscientious objectors and weren’t forced to serve in the military.

Ms. Davis, it seems, is a conscientious objector, believing that doing her job would violate her religious beliefs.

We should respect her right to believe as she does but spare me if I don't light a candle tonight and bemoan her fate.

No one’s forcing her to serve as a county clerk.

If she can't do the job, she should leave the job.

Repost from yesterday: Sarah Gerracht Gassen at the Star has a great op-ed on the distinction between performing your duties as an elected official and imposing your religious convictions on others. She concludes:

Davis can wrap it up in her religion, but she’s refusing to do the job she’s paid by taxpayers to do. It’s that simple.

But Davis is not resigning; nor will she allow deputy clerks to do her job. So she is in contempt of court and is now in jail. Here's some of what Montini had to say.

I don't question her convictions. But convictions sometimes come with a cost. The Supreme Court has ruled on this. Times have changed. If Clerk Kim Davis can't do the job she is sworn to do owing to her religious beliefs then she should resign. Until the United States become a theocracy we operate under the rule of law and not what any given individual describes as "God's authority."

U.S. District Judge David Bunning decided that Davis was in contempt of court.

Because she is.

She can continue her defiance, of course. Others have sat in jail for long time. Still, others, like Davis, really, really like the attention.

This isn't a matter of conscience; it's a matter of publicity.

Her conscience would simply have caused her to leave her position and move on.

Maybe now the good people of Kentucky can move on.

Without her.

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