Media has been abuzz with the case of Kim Davis, a Kentucky clerk who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She claims that the Word of God and His laws supersede that of the highest court in the land. As a Roman Catholic/Christian (more on this in a later post), I do agree with her, with some reservations. If you haven’t read the latest, you can do so here. (I picked the news outlet based on the information it had, not its political agenda/alliances or anything of the sort.)
Remember, I am a gay/questioning/whatever-you-wanna-call-it man, so I do feel “entitled” to speak on this subject. My Roman Catholic beliefs do state that homosexual acts, not being a homosexual, is a sin because it abuses the gift of sexuality. My Christian beliefs dictate that sin, no matter how grave, is ultimately forgiven if you believe Jesus Christ is your savior.
So as you can see, I am conflicted. However, one thing I respect unconditionally is her supposed faith. If how she says she feels is the real thing, more power to her. Regardless of the disrespectful attitude she exhibited, this woman is in jail for practicing what she thinks is correct. If this is not the definition of being chastised and persecuted for your religious beliefs, I don’t know what is.
On the other hand, her beliefs are directly infringing on the rights of others, ultimately barring individuals for living how they want to live. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to justify doing so. Although I heard the judge presiding over the case has made things worse (not sure how, I haven’t read the article), he stated, in essence, that as a Roman Catholic he does not agree with the idea of same-sex marriages, but it is not his place to stop others from living their lives.
In general, the situation is completely over-exaggerated. If Davis is unable to carry out the responsibilities of her job, then the most astute thing to do is resign or find another position. As a hypothetical, if I work with a physician who is eventually asks me to assist in an abortion, I would feel forced to decline and if so be it, find another position. I am not good at creating effective analogies, but I believe this one gets the point across.
In my opinion, she should be released with the condition that she find another job that aligns with her religious practices. I hope she has the courage/wisdom to acknowledge that she cannot stop others from living their lives.
What do you think?