State Magistrates, County Clerks, Justices of the Peace, or any other government officials who, because of religious beliefs or any other reason, refuse to obey and uphold the law, whether they like it or not, and do their jobs, should resign or be fired immediately.
This is just one example of outrageous, holier than the law behavior that’s cropping up with government employees around the country.
According to kentucky.com, Defying the instructions of Gov. Steve Beshear, several county clerks around Kentucky said they won’t issue marriage licenses anymore because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 ruling Friday in favor of a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said Monday that her Christian beliefs won’t allow her to give marriage licenses to gay men or lesbians seeking to marry a member of the same sex. Rather than face claims of discrimination, her office in Morehead is refusing marriage licenses to all couples until further notice, Davis said.
“It’s hard; I will tell you that,” Davis said. “What has happened is that five lawyers have imposed their personal view of what the definition of marriage should be on the rest of us. And I, as a Christian, have strong views, too. And I know I don’t stand alone.” Read more about this at kentucky.com.
Well Honey, I’ve got a news flash for you. Nobody’s imposing anything on you except for the responsibility to obey the law and do your job! Your “strong views” are completely irrelevant to the responsibilities of your job. You say you don’t stand alone. Well maybe not, but you soon may not be standing alone on the unemployment line. If you’re not willing to obey the law and do your job you need to resign immediately, and if you refuse to do so, you should be fired.
In Kentucky, it’s a Class A misdemeanor — first-degree official misconduct — for an elected official to refuse to perform the duties of office.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway:
“The government cannot pick and choose when it comes to issuing marriage licenses and the benefits they confer. Any clerk that refuses to issue marriage licenses is opening himself or herself to potential legal liability and sanctions.”
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear:
“Our county clerks took an oath, as elected officials, to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Kentucky and to provide important duties in their communities,” Beshear said. “This oath does not dictate what our clerks must believe, but it certainly prescribes how they must act in carrying out their duties as elected officials.”
What’s most offensive about Kim Davis and others like her, is the self-centered and arrogant notion that their beliefs are somehow more significant than the beliefs of others and the law of the land. She’s decided that she and her beliefs get to determine what others can and cannot do. She wants to be a dictator. This country was founded by folks who wanted to escape this very sort of “religious” oppression. We have freedom of religion, but not freedom of religion to impose its beliefs on others contrary to the law. Poor Kim. She doesn’t want anyone telling her what she can or cannot do, but that’s exactly what she’s doing to the folks she’s refusing to issue marriage licenses to.
You can email Kim Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her to get off her self-righteous ass and do the job she was elected to do.