That Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has rejected a suggestion that deputies issue licenses while she spends time in jail for contempt of court. Fortunately, five of her deputy clerks have stepped up and said they’ll issue the licenses.
Had she agreed, she could have been let out of jail.
Meanwhile, if she checked her records, she’d see she already violated her own deeply-held religious beliefs. In February, she unknowingly granted a marriage license to a transgender man and his partner.
Her god played a little joke on her and told her the transgender man was okay. I bet she also issued licenses to divorced people and people who weren’t virgins, too.
But none of that matters, as the courts have made clear. There’s no reason to think her religious beliefs are not sincere — who is more sincere or more zealous than a new convert? But the sincerity of her beliefs are not an issue. No matter how sincere her beliefs, they do not trump the civil rights of others.
Exactly right. I can’t say I respect her beliefs but I do respect that the law trumped her desire to impose her beliefs on others.
I don’t think there could be sin in unwittingly betraying her conscience. A little malfeasance, maybe.
Where one might find some sin, however, is in That Old Timey Religion, aka Deuteronomy, relevant at 23:21-23:
Providing, of course, there’s a “so help me God” at the end of that oath of office she took after being elected.
There was a good quote in today’s NY Times from the judge, who evidently agrees with the clerk on same-sex marriage, but also took a vow to uphold the law. And that is what he did. Someone should offer him free coffee for life. http://time.com/4022527/dunkin-donuts-deflategate/
I doubt Bunning would accept it. Berman might…and just recuse himself down the line from any future controversy with Dunkin’ Donuts™ attached to it.
If there is a God…and if that God loves football as much as it is rumored…Goodell will win that appeal and enforce the suspension just in time for the playoffs, should Brady be so lucky this year. (The Giants? Really?)
You’re still not going to get your draft picks.
I’m OK with that. I mean, I like the Patriots well enough, but they played dirty and that’s naughty. Regardless, I appreciate the little black dog. So thank you.
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