One of the people that has been in the news a lot recently, unfortunately, is Kim Davis.
Why do I say “unfortunate”? Well…..in my opinion, this story got way too much coverage. Of course……here I am, putting my own $.02 in, as usual. Told you I was opinionated.
The whole saga stemmed around the “irresistible force meeting the immovable object” syndrome. You essentially had two forces going at loggerheads with one another – you had the couples who wanted to get same-sex marriage licenses, which they were granted that right under federal law – and then you had the clerk and her subordinates who were refusing to obey this law, citing religious freedom.
This is such a touchy issue, because there are so many opinions going both ways on this issue, but there are some things that stood out about this whole ordeal. The Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion – this is one of those items in the Bill of Rights. This document has stood the test of time for over two centuries, having amendments added to it slowly over time, each one, being thought out and weighed before being added to the rules of our country that we live by……….but what happens when this freedom is brought to a standstill because you have two sides battling using parts of the same rulebook?
On the one hand, you have the idea that since the recent ruling on same-sex marriage was done at a federal level, that this is pretty much the end of the road. You also have the idea that not allowing someone to follow their religion is against that same document. So which way is right? There is no clear answer to this, but…….this clerk made the conscious decision to say that she is going to make others follow her religious view by denying them equal rights under the law. Apparently, it wasn’t even a choice of going to another clerk, as Kim ordered her deputies to also deny these licenses based on her belief.
No matter which way the hammer swings on this issue, someone’s toes are going to get smashed – and that’s not pretty.
It may have been avoided by just having this one clerk not do it, but guide people to another clerk that would help them out that is willing to fill out the licenses, but she didn’t even do that, and now that she is out of jail, after defying a federal judge, she stated in an article that the licenses that were filled out in her absence are worthless – not worth the paper they are printed on. (see article here for that story). This is just a vicious slap in the face for those couples who went to get their licenses after Kim was put in jail. It’s hard to say how this story will eventually end. Will she be removed from office? Will those couples be given another choice? Will the licenses still be considered valid? It’s too early to tell.
It’s sad that things have to come to battles such as this. In my opinion, if you own a private business – that you went into with your own money, blood, sweat, and tears, then you have the right to run it however you wish. You must learn to live with the consequences of any choices you make on how you run it, but it is your freedom to run things however you want. When elected into public office by the people to serve the people, then you have sworn a duty to serve all people, without regard to race, creed, sex, age, national origin, religion, or orientation – this apparently does not seem to ring true in Ms. Davis’ ears. People are elected to serve without discrimination, yet this person is discriminating under the cloak of religious freedom.
Is there a winning side to this battle? Who is to say who is ultimately right or wrong in this. I may be wrong in my opinion, but I stated it just the same, as is my right to exercise the freedom of free speech, and I intend on using my rights that I have been given under our Constitution.