The preamble of the US Constitution reads as follows:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

In short, the purpose of the United States government, as outlined by the preamble, is to serve its people, and by that I would expect said service to cover all US citizens.

One of those services is the management and dispensing of legal rights associated with marriage.  Marriage over the years has evolved into considerably more than the joining of two people in a socially recognized relationship.  Multiple rights, recognized at the local, state and federal level, attach automatically, including tax-free transfer of property, joint tax filing, next-of-kin status in the event of a medical emergency and multiple others.  These rights have considerable value, which is likely a considerable part of the reason why those who have been excluded from access to marriage, gays and Lesbians most recently, have worked so hard to persuade the federal government to their point of view.  Those efforts came to fruition when Obergefell v. Hodges came before the US Supreme Court, which ruled that same-sex marriage bans in those states which have enacted such laws are unconstitutional.  In effect, that decision erased any distinction between same-sex marriage and opposite-sex marriage from the point of view of the government.  There is just marriage.

Enter Kim Davis, a county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky.  She is an Apostolic Christian who sees marriage in the purely parochial view of her church, being between one man and one woman.  Certainly she is to be allowed this viewpoint without question.  However, as a representative of Rowan County, Kentucky and by extension, the United States, she is obliged by law to perform her duties as county clerk in accordance with those laws which pertain to her position.  I would rather suspect that she swore an oath to that effect upon assuming her office, an oath one would hope she would take seriously.

Yet it probably comes as no surprise to any atheist that Ms. Davis was willing to exercise her own moral code when she was confronted with her first gay couple, applying for a marriage license, a few weeks back.  As with many believers of her ilk, she may hold that God’s Law holds sway over human pronouncements or that the US is a Christian nation and she therefore has the right to exercise her Christian beliefs as a right of her office.  In both cases, of course, she is mistaken.  Neither is her god a recognized authority by our government, nor is the United States a Christian nation, a fact affirmed by Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli.  U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning stated clearly in citing her for contempt that: “Her good-faith belief is simply not a viable defense,” adding that “Oaths mean things.”

So now she sits in a Rowan County jail cell until such time as she either relents in her obstinacy or is removed as a county clerk, with the latter being far more probable than the former.  Right now her subordinates are issuing marriage licenses for couples both gay and straight.  Any objections she may have to those actions are moot and ineffectual at this point; her office will function without her presence.  Much as Ms. Davis wanted to serve her god, her job required her to serve people.  She herself said: “God's moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties.”  That being the case, she should be relieved of her duties – forthwith – and her position given to someone who is willing respect and honor the law of the land and provide services to those to whom the Constitution has guaranteed such service.

To Ms. Davis I would simply say this: “Your attitude does not befit your position – get out.”

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2015 at 7:51pm

Some interesting comments raised below about the crazy, phobic, and discriminatory behavior of religious people.  It makes me wonder if religion is responsible for corrupting the minds of people or if corrupted people seek out specific religions because it validates their already-held beliefs.  These people have beliefs that are just not rational or reality-based.       

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2015 at 7:48pm

And while I think about it:

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2015 at 7:42pm

If god showed up in the form of kim Davis, I wonder what Satan looks like!

Bertold, you're priceless!!  :)

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2015 at 6:48pm

For the record, said warning was as follows:

Defendant Davis shall not interfere in any way, directly or indirectly, with the efforts of her deputy clerks to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples,” and that the deputies would report to him every two weeks. “If Defendant Davis should interfere in any way with their issuance, that will be considered a violation of this order and appropriate sanctions will be considered.

Ms. Davis, I'd listen close, if I were you.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2015 at 6:43pm

So she's out.  The $64 question remains: can she leave well enough alone?  She is still a civil SERVANT and her job continues to be serving the public - ALL The Public, without regard to race, creed or sexual orientation.  When Judge Bunning released her, he issued what I understand to be a stern warning regarding the conditions of her release.  If she wishes to be both in concept of court and in violation of her oath of office, despite being warned, I have no pity for her.

Not that I had any to begin with.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 8, 2015 at 4:24pm

I just clicked on Bertold's link about Kim Davis being freed from jail, and there's going to be more trouble with this on down the road, maybe sooner than we think.

1.  Note that Davis' lawyer won't answer questions directly but hints in this direction.

2.  Note again that the claim is still being made that without Kim's signature the changed and

     altered licenses are not legal.

Davis said of god that she "just wants to give him the glory." (For what? What glory?) Huckabee said that "god showed up in the form of Kim Davis." Look at all the people on the scene with crosses.

I'm telling you these are some strange people.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2015 at 4:07pm
I have to wonder if there isn't a proper term for a fear of "other," which is to say anyone not belonging to my group. Certainly, there are plenty of people out there with it, but the religious fundamentalists seem to specialize in it.
Comment by Michael Penn on September 8, 2015 at 4:04pm

All of the people that have gay phobia today used to have interracial phobia just a short time ago. In fact, many of them have both phobias even today.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2015 at 1:04pm

Terrific - she's free to give interviews to Fox News and Pat Robertson and rant and vent about how unfair it is that she has to perform her duties regardless of whether she likes the person requesting services from the state of Kentucky or not.  The fact is: she never had that choice to begin with.  I have to wonder if christian county clerks had this same problem with interracial couples after Loving v. Virginia was passed.

Comment by Michael Penn on September 5, 2015 at 12:24pm

Maybe a BRONTO.



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