NOTE: If, as you read this, you find yourself screaming out at the screen with arguments you are sure, if only I could hear them, would make mincemeat out of me, a clear & present danger to the Republic, troglodyte that I am, please click here for a September 2015 post where I very likely addressed all your self-righteous rage, in detail.
Kim Davis, Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk, is no longer a hardened criminal. Now that Kentucky has a Republican Governor, they were able to make that Kinko’s run to make it possible. Below is Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Just Officially Won The Same-Sex Marriage License Battle, from The Daily Caller, April 14, 2016.
This is all that had to happen. Tweak the law so that the county clerk’s name is removed from the marriage license. That’s it. The deputy clerk was already deputized to sign the document and was willing to do so, but because Born-Again Kim Davis’ name was on the Rowan County, Kentucky license she objected. Even though her deputy would sign it. So, duh. All it really required was a super-sized Kinko’s run. Just pass a one page amendment to the law and print some new forms. It was so obvious. Such a simple solution. But nooooo… The (then) Democratic Governor & the gay-fascists found a “right” to have this individual person in this particular office issue a same-sex marriage license. There was another office 20 minutes away that was issuing them, but nooo… Much better to “inconvenience” Kim Davis by throwing her in jail than to suffer the far worse “inconvenience” of driving 20 minutes. Such hardship! Because, gosh, it makes so much sense to throw Kim Davis into jail. Surely she’ll emerge… no longer Christian, right? Because that’s the only possible outcome that made any sense by throwing her in jail. Unless she converted, what was the point?
Nobody has a “right” to force any particular individual to do any particular thing. You may have a “right” to a thing (like an attorney’s counsel) but not to a particular attorney. See the difference? You can’t compel people to violate their deeply held religious beliefs or their conscience. That’s actually enumerated. Not only as a First Amendment issue but as involuntary servitude! The marriage-nazis primary insult to those who support man/woman marriage** is “bible-thumper,” but I want to protect the Koran-thumping Muslim clerk, too.
We don’t have a right to “worship.” We have a “religion.” What’s the difference? It’s huge. “Worship” means you can go to church every Sunday. “Religion” means you can live your faith once you leave, which is sort of the whole purpose, right? Be careful when you hear President Obama or other progressives talk about your right to “worship.” They know the difference and they aim to take it away from you.
**This is also a subtle, but important difference: supporting man/woman marriage is not the same as being anti-gay, or anti-same-sex marriage. Surely there are those who are, but most take the libertarian view: “If you insist on having it, fine, but just leave me out of it. I may not like it, but that doesn’t mean I am pro-actively acting to stop it,” (holding signs, writing my congressman, etc.). Some are, and that’s fine, too. I just want everyone’s rights protected, and all it requires is a modicum of civility.
Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Just Officially Won The Same-Sex Marriage License Battle
After being jailed and publicly ridiculed, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis finally got a law to protect her in the same-sex marriage license fight.
Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill Wednesday that brings “statutory finality” to the long battle over marriage licenses in the state, WLKY reports. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused in 2015 to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples with her name on them, citing her religious belief in traditional marriage. She was sued and jailed for five days when a judge held her in contempt of court, but she was later released when other employees in the clerk’s office began issuing licenses.
The bill changes marriage licenses so they do not include the county clerk’s name and allow people to check whether they are a bride, groom or spouse.
“We now have a single form that accommodates all concerns,” Bevin told Reuters in an emailed statement. “Everyone benefits from this common sense legislation. There is no additional cost or work required by our county clerks. They are now able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.”
Between Davis’ release and this law, Davis was not putting her name on the licenses. Bevin then wrote an executive order allowing clerk’s to opt out because of their religious beliefs which basically allowed Davis’ new system. But critics said the governor couldn’t simply change the rules without a law, so the law signed Wednesday codifies Davis’ decision and creates one standard marriage license for all couples that requires no clerk signature. The state legislature passed the bill Friday and sent it to Bevin for his signature.
“The First Amendment guarantees Kim and every American the free exercise of religion, even when they are working for the government. County clerks should not be forced to license something that is prohibited by their religious convictions,” Mat Staver Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel the group representing Davis, said in a statement. “To provide a license is to provide approval and places a legal authority behind the signature. We celebrate this legislative victory. County clerks are now able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.”