Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dollar Signs in Kim Davis' Eyes?

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis
To absolutely no one's surprise, Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, has seen her mugshot become a rallying banner for religious wingnuts and various conservative presidential candidates.

Davis, as you may recall, was recently sent to jail on a civil contempt charge for defying a judge's order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She's become a symbol for those who believe Christianity is under siege. They can point to her mugshot and paint her as a victim of persecution; a hapless believer willing to suffer for her convictions.

Davis may well be willing to sit in jail for the foreseeable future, and zealots like Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee (both Republican, of course) will happily deify her as yet another example of how the United States of America is turning away from God.

How long Davis might remain behind bars is unclear. Civil contempt carries no standard sentence. Basically, prisoners are let go as soon as they choose to comply - something Davis has said she would never do.

It's my opinion that Kim Davis has chosen to turn herself into a quasi-celebrity. You can bet your life that book deals, interviews and speaking tours are in the offing when she's released. I call hypocrisy on her part. Why?

Very simple - Davis can leave jail anytime she chooses to. All she has to do is comply with the court order. And she doesn't even have to give up her religious convictions.

It's obvious to any well-reasoned adult (unless they vote Republican) that her signature on a marriage license is in no way her personal endorsement of a marital union. It's simply an acknowledgement that the office she represents recognizes that the two people whose names are on the document have a right to marry.

Key words: "the office she represents" - you know, the office she was elected to. Elected officials are sworn to uphold the Constitution, and according to the Supreme Court, the Constitution allows for same sex marriage.

It doesn't matter what Davis personally believes is right and wrong. The Constitution ensures the rights of all Americans are protected, and you and I (and the citizens of Rowan County, Kentucky) elect officials to govern based on constitutional principles.

If she sincerely believes the law violates her religious beliefs then she should resign immediately. The fact she hasn't speaks worlds of what this is really all about for her, and the Bible-thumping far right crowd that has chosen to prop her up.

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