Rowan County Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, claims the right to conduct her government elected official job duties and responsibilities according to the dictates of her religion and “God’s authority.”
Forget about the law; the United States Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection clause, and the US Supreme Court.
She’s on a mission from God.
She doesn’t think that gays have the right to marry -- it’s against her Christian religious beliefs -- and therefore, by God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost, she’s no longer going to perform her job duties as county clerk. Ever since SCOTUS decided a few months ago that marriage is a civil right, she will not issue and record marriage licenses for any couples, whether they’re gay or straight.
She recited this sworn oath when elected: "I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of [Rowan County Clerk] according to law... so help me God."
So she took a solemn oath calling upon her God to help her uphold the Constitution and the law, but is violating that oath now based on what she claims is God’s authority. She doesn’t want God’s help anymore as far as her government job duties are concerned. That oath obviously meant nothing to her – not when it comes to her legal obligation to issue marriage licenses..
Let’s get one thing straight from the get go: I have read the Bible several times from cover to cover and not once did God or Jesus Christ ever say a single word about gay marriage. God said that homosexuality is a sin, but so are adultery, fornication, masturbation, and dozens of other sins.
Yet this woman, who has been married four times and divorced three; who gave birth to twins fathered by her third husband five months after divorcing her first husband, and adopted by her second husband, thinks it’s OK to deny marriage licenses to gays based upon God’s authority.
Of course, this begs the question: Why isn’t she denying marriage licenses based upon God’s authority to all the other sinners in Rowan County, including her? She’s committed adultery, fornication and God knows what else in her sordid life. Why does she think that she has the right to be married but that gays do not?
I’ll tell you why. It’s because this is not about her religion at all; it’s not about freedom of religion; it’s not about freedom of conscience; far from it – it’s all about Kim Davis being a card carrying homophobe and a deluded, neurotic irrational religious bigot.
“Some people have said I should resign, but I have done my job well,” declared the homophobe. “It is a Heaven or Hell decision.” She won’t resign.
U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. He stated that he had no choice but to jail her for contempt after she insisted that her "conscience will not allow" her to follow federal court rulings on gay marriage.
He bent over backward to keep her out of jail or to punish her at all for that matter if only she would agree not to interfere with her deputy clerks issuing the licenses, but she refused.
She fancies herself a martyr. Her lawyer compares her willingness to accept imprisonment to what Martin Luther King Jr. did to advance civil rights, saying: "everyone should lament and mourn the fact that her freedom has been taken away for what she believes."
This lady isn’t being punished for what she believes. It’s not about religion. Her First Amendment rights aren’t violated. She didn’t have to be punished at all. No one is forcing her to issue marriage licenses to gays, certainly not the judge.
But she refused to promise not to interfere with her deputies issuing the licenses in accordance with the law. She’s violated her sworn oath of office. She’s violated the Constitution and the civil rights of both gays and straights in her jurisdiction. That’s why she’s in jail.
Predictably though, several of the 17 GOP presidential hopefuls, including Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Rand Paul have rushed to her defense. "I think it's absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberty," said the little mouse, Rand Paul. "I think this is a real mistake." Huckabee has scheduled a rally for Davis in Kentucky. "The Supreme Court is not the supreme branch and it's certainly not the Supreme Being," he declared.
In short, these candidates believe that their religious extremism trumps the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America. That alone disqualifies them from holding the office of president.
Just like with Kim Davis, they are not inclined to observe the oath of office.
They’re on a mission from God.