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Should Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Be Held In Contempt?

County Clerk Kim Davis has continued to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, despite being ordered to do so by the Supreme Court. Should the Kentucky Clerk be held in contempt?

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Should Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Be Held In Contempt?  

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last 24 hours | fusion
Kim Davis lawyer has been making someinteresting comments
"...While this might be technically true in some sense, one suspects that Dr. King would object to being involved in this particular battle. King, remember, was sort of interested in adding civil rights protections to the law, not taking them away.What will Stavers say next? Kim Davis as Christ? Kim Davis as Batman? Stay tuned. As of Saturday, there is no sign that Davis is going anywhere...." see full article


1140 days ago | qz
The truly Christian thing for Kim Davis to do is resign from office
"...What literalists like Davis and her peers continually fail to understand is that it's nigh impossible to live (and function) in a modern society while also perfectly following biblical standards. It's entirely possible that the frock worn by Davis in the above picture is made from a different cloth than the indigo top she's paired it with which isforbidden by the same passage in Leviticus that rejects homosexuality. In this context, Davis' statements are comically hypocritical.In a statement published by The Guardian, Kim Davis said, I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of scripture and of Jesus himself regarding marriage. One could argue that she should be used to it by now, however. After all, according to the Scriptures, she's had plenty of practice...." see full article


1144 days ago | qz
The truly Christian thing for Kim Davis to do is resign from office
"...What literalists like Davis and her peers continually fail to understand is that it's nigh impossible to live (and function) in a modern society while also perfectly following biblical standards. It's entirely possible that the frock worn by Davis in the above picture is made from a different cloth than the indigo top she's paired it with which isforbidden by the same passage in Leviticus that rejects homosexuality. In this context, Davis' statements are comically hypocritical.In a statement published by The Guardian, Kim Davis said, I never imagined a day like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of scripture and of Jesus himself regarding marriage. One could argue that she should be used to it by now, however. After all, according to the Scriptures, she's had plenty of practice...." see full article


1144 days ago | thinkprogress
The Religious Beliefs Of Kim Davis, The Anti-Gay Clerk Who Refuses To Do Her Job, Explained
"...Davis-style hypocrisy around divorce and same-sex marriage is all too common in many conservative Christian circles, and will likely remain even if appears self-contradictory. That said, there is another, arguably more prescient hypocrisy at work when Davis an elected government official refuses to grant state marriages licenses. If she truly is a member of the ACC, then the entire debate around same-sex marriage licenses should technically be a moot point, as one section of the church's faith statement regarding governmental relations is uncharacteristically unequivocal. Governmental authority is respected and obeyed, it reads...." see full article


1144 days ago | newrepublic
Throw Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis in Jail
"...Any attempt to force her hand risks making her a bigger martyr on the religious right than she already is, but that risk is small compared to the risk that allowing her to continue abusing her power without consequence will create a terrible precedent. There are surely other religious clerks in the South and elsewhere who'd love to get away with discriminating against gays and lesbians, in defiance of the country's highest court. The only way to assure this doesn't happen is to jail Kim Davis until she agrees to issue the licenses, resigns, or is removed from office...." see full article


1144 days ago | washingtonpost
Why Kim Daviss refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses is legally different from a sanctuary citys refusal to cooperate with federal immigration law

"...Davis and others may feel that Obergefell was wrongly decided. For the sake of argument, let's assume she is correct. (As they say, the Supreme Court is not final because it's always right; it's right because it's final.) Davis may have been within her rights to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses until she became subject to a lower court order directing her to do so. Now that she is subject to such an order, however, she has an obligation to comply, or face potentially significant sanction. Local officials who create sanctuary cities, on the other hand, face no such legal jeopardy, because they are under no obligation to implement or enforce federal law. And that is how our system works...." see full article


1144 days ago | usatoday
Accommodate Kims conscience: Opposing view

"...America was founded on religious freedom and conscience rights. The Supreme Court did not set aside these fundamental liberties. The court has stated repeatedly that people do not lose their constitutional rights when they become public servants. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear accommodated his own attorney general when he opted out of defending Kentucky's marriage law, citing his conscience as the reason. Kim Davis deserves a similar accommodation.When there are available accommodation options for Kim Davis, as there are here, we should be tolerant enough to respect her request...." see full article


1144 days ago | latimes
If Kim Davis doesn't want to certify same-sex marriages, she should quit her job
"...Her job requires following rules and regulations set up by the state and federal governments. Her religion doesn't make her exempt from the laws because she doesn't agree with them. (If my religion says bigamy's OK, can I do it? No.) She's getting paid to work. Nobody's making her stay against her will.15If the laws and duties that pertain to Davis' job are abhorrent to her, she has the same personal freedom as the rest of us: to go find another job that doesn't interfere with her beliefs, or ours...." see full article


1144 days ago | theweek
Where religious freedom ends: Why a Kentucky clerk has no right to deny gay marriage licenses
"...But the Kentucky case goes too far as the Supreme Court appears to recognize. Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. A county clerk works for the state. She doesn't have a right to her job. If her conscience forbids her from complying with new requirements of that job, she can resign and find other work. She certainly can't appeal to God over the heads of the country's political institutions and expect to get away with it..." see full article


1144 days ago | townhall
Kentucky's Kim Davis, Standing Against Unjust Tyranny - Town Hall

"...More pro-marriage forces are now speaking up in government offices and stations. For those resigned to the Supreme Court's illiberal supremacy, it appears that no one's beliefs matter anymore. A civil servant must surrender his or her conscience to the will of the state, or a court, or any other government entity. In my South Bay, Los Angeles County supervisory, Republican Don Knabe is retiring, His likely successor, Steve Napolitano of Manhattan Beach, was cutting and unremitting when I protested that no one should have to administer a marriage license to a homosexual couple: It's the law. He responded curtly. So what? Jim Crow was the law, as were laws which criminalized political speech against the government (Alien and Sedition Acts)...." see full article



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