Meanwhile in Kentucky, a county clerk is sitting in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Kim Davis, a born-again Apostolic Christian has decided that handing out marriage licenses to gay couples would go against the word of God. In fact, when asked under whose authority she was refusing to hand out licenses, she said “Under God’s authority”.
I didn’t even know God was in Kentucky last week. I doubt He was. He probably dialed in remotely. It is Kentucky after all.
Does this behavior bother anyone else?
To me it’s wrong on EVERY level.
Let’s start with the simple fact that gay marriage is legal in the United States. For it or against it, it’s the law of the land. Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean you get to ignore it.
Ah, but Kim Davis did. At first she told everyone there were computer upgrades in progress and she couldn’t issue the licenses, but later admitted the truth- she didn’t want to provide licenses to gay couples.
Not that her computer cover story fooled me for a second. Computers? Kentucky? Come on. Maybe if she had blamed the office closure on the still needed fixin’ or the wood needed cordin’….
A judge finally did the right thing and tossed her ass in jail. She’s an elected official. She’s not doing her job. I’m guessing she probably swore an oath when she was hired- you know, swore an oath under God. The judge even gave her a second chance and told her to hand out the licenses, but she still refused.
I am impressed that she stood behind her convictions, even if they were a bit warped. I never thought she’d opt for jail. I figured she would have crumbled faster than the truth at a Donald Trump rally.
There are many things in my job I’m not fond of- sales meetings, paperwork, and naked pilgrim day, but if I want to work there, I need to tow the line. I need to follow their rules. In Kim Davis’ case, she needs to follow the rules and the laws of the United States. If she doesn’t like it, she needs to quit.
It’s nice that the governor is trying to figure out a way to keep her in her position without the need to violate her beliefs. On the other hand, he’s thinking of creating an executive order that would change all the forms in Kentucky so that they don’t require a clerk’s signature. For this one clerk, he’s going to change all the clerk-related laws in Kentucky. Well, of course. He wants to get re-elected.
In most states, they would have suspended her already. Louisiana would have made her a saint.
But probably the worst part of this entire saga is the fact that she’s a religious yahoo. When she refused to hand out licenses and cited her religious beliefs, the news outlets pounced on it and dove into her personal life.
And let’s just say she has a colorful background.
She’s on her fourth husband. Wasn’t there something about divorce in the Bible? I guess that’s water under the bridge. It doesn’t count since she’s been reborn.
Then there’s the twins born out of wedlock. Whoops. Better fall back on the old adage, “I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven, and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.”
That’s what she told reporters when they asked her if she was a hypocrite.
Her marital history is like one of those word problems from algebra:
Kim Davis gives birth to twins after divorcing her first husband. The kids were fathered by the third husband. The second husband adopts the kids fathered by the third husband. Given one boy is now 20 years old, who gets custody of the trailer after the tornado tosses it into Oklahoma?
I’m no expert, but from what I understand, Apostolic Christians interpret the Bible literally, which basically means you take everything in it as the word of God. You don’t get to pick and choose which verses you follow. You follow everything. To the letter.
And this is the most dangerous behavior of all. When people see things as black and white, with no wiggle room and no gray areas, that’s when the problems start. There’s no tolerance and no compromise. You end up with Kim Davis. Or Dick Cheney. Or Scrooge McDuck.
But I’m always here to help.
Kim, here’s a few suggestions to help you with your beliefs.
Seek forgiveness now. The outfit you were wearing during your Tuesday court appearance violates Leviticus 19:19: Do not wear clothing woven from two different kinds of thread.
And the way you treat people: Leviticus 19:15: “You are not to be unjust in deciding a case. You are not to show partiality to the poor or honor the great. Instead, decide the case of your neighbor with righteousness.”
Luckily her son Nathan is on the job, working with her at the clerk’s office.
While Kim was on vacation, her son also refused to hand out licenses to gay couples. His reasoning? The Christian law firm Liberty Counsel, advised him not to do so.
Do the words separation of church and state mean anything to him or his lawyers? Last time I looked, Kentucky was still a state. It’s even got electricity and indoor plumbing (I was shocked also). Do the right thing Kentucky!
**Sigh** Let’s be honest, the only reason we keep Kentucky around is bourbon, thoroughbred horses, and the Judds.