Consider this an open letter to Kim Davis, the rogue county clerk in Kentucky who thinks she’s above the law.
Madame Clerk, quit pretending you’re serving the people of Rowan County, Ky., your state and your nation.
You keep refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because, you say, God doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage.
But the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay couples are entitled to be married, just like straight couples. It ruled recently that you cannot keep refusing to issue the licenses to gay residents of your state. You still refuse. Hey, does that mean you’re in contempt of court?
I get that you’re invoking your religious liberty.
But your freedom to pray as you wish isn’t being threatened here. What’s at issue is whether you’re going to remain faithful to the secular oath you took when you became Rowan County clerk.
It says you will uphold the laws of the state and the nation. It doesn’t provide any qualifiers; there’s nothing in the oath that allows you to say “but only if those laws do not conflict with my religious beliefs.”
You adhere to all the laws or none of them. If you can’t do your job, then quit.
To be honest, I would salute if you did exactly that.