Seems you CAN fight City Hall.
Kim Davis, County Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, USA has been jailed for Contempt of Court for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, despite it being part of her job to do so. As she is an elected official, she could not be dismissed from her post.
Mrs Davis consistently refused to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, stating that her religious beliefs as a Christian prevented her from doing so.
One gay couple managed to capture her on camera stating that she would not issue them with a marriage licence. She then continued to refuse to marry same-sex couples. When told she must, she stopped issuing licences altogether, arguing that by doing so she was not discriminating against anyone, but continued to draw her salary. She even appealed to the US Supreme Court, stating her religious freedom meant she did not have to issue same-sex marriage licences. They refused to issue her a stay. Earlier this year the US government ruled that all states must recognise and comply with same-sex marriage.
On 3 September US District Judge Dave Bunning found her Guilty of Contempt of Court for failing to comply with several orders, including one he had issued, and placed her in the custody of Federal Marshalls. Davis had said earlier she was prepared to go to jail over the matter.
Three Deputy Clerks in the same office have likewise been ordered to comply with same-sex marriage, or they too shall be jailed.
Kim Davis and her deputies are trying to claim that as they are devout Christians, forcing them to issue same-sex marriage licences is an infringement of their First Amendment rights, which guarantee freedom of religion. They do not appear to be too intelligent, as they are failing to realise that by refusing to issue such licences, they are enforcing their beliefs upon same-sex couples and are thereby infringing their First Amendment rights.
It is doubly damning as they are employed in public office posts, and the US Constitution guarantees a wall between church and state. Davis and her cohorts were therefore acting totally illegally and unconstitutionally by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences by basing their actions on religious belief.
Kim Davis and her deputies of course base their beliefs and actions upon what the Bible has to say about homosexuality, in the Book of Leviticus;
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13, KJV)
Notice here that this verse mentions sexual relations between men. Neither this verse nor any part of Levirate Law says anything about two men (or two women) marrying. Indeed, contrary to what the bigots may think and try to claim, nowhere in the Bible does one find marriage defined as one man / one woman. In fact there is no definition of any kind of marriage anywhere in the Bible.
Kim Davis and her deputies therefore could easily have issued marriage licences for same-sex couples without for one moment compromising their deeply held religious beliefs. That they refused to do so can only mean they are either ignorant of the Bible, hiding behind the Bible to promote their own homophobia, or far more likely, both.
Levirate Law, in the very same chapter of Leviticus, has plenty to say on the question of adultery, however;
“And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” (Leviticus 20:10, KJV)
And why do I bring the question of adultery up, dears? Well, let’s just have a look at the track record of the oh-so-pious and righteous Kim Davis;
- She married her first husband, and then had twins fathered by another man.
- She divorced her first husband, and married another man, who was not the father of the twins, but who adopted them.
- She then divorced her second husband and married the father of her children.
- She then divorced her third husband and remarried her second husband.
So much for the sanctity of marriage. So much for being a ‘good Christian’ and adhering to the Bible. Seems to Kim Davis that it’s okay to discriminate against gays, yet she herself has flouted the selfsame law – on several occasions – which she claims prevents her from marrying same-sex couples.
It’s called hypocrisy, Kim dear, which is one more reason I am happy to see you rot in jail and I do hope a hefty fine follows. Step down from your job, Luv; you are obviously unfit to hold it.