There has been a new story cycling around now for a few weeks that seemingly never ends. I know it, you know it, we all know it. That story of a sad little woman, sitting defiantly in her place of work under God’s authority, refusing to do her job.
It’s the story of Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky.
An elected official, a huge portion of her job is required to do is to issue marriage licenses. Davis, a democrat, is refusing to issue these licenses to couples of the same sex because she disagrees with the June Supreme Court ruling which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.
Some will rally in support of this woman because she is standing up to her employer for requiring her to work against her religious beliefs. Some say that the government has no right to push this ‘gay agenda’ on the country and have a right to stand up in opposition. But those people are missing a key point already made in this post.
Kim Davis is an elected official. She works for the government.
Kim Davis chose a career in the government, she campaigned for herself during an election cycle, and she put herself in the position of carrying out the laws set by the United States government. She is not a priest who is being forced to perform same-sex marriages, she is not a baker being forced to make a cake for a same-sex couple, she is not a photographer being made to shoot a same-sex wedding. Granted, even in those situations the legality of her position would be debated, but this is not a private business or place of faith.
This is a publicly funded government branch that is legally required to uphold the law and perform certain tasks, and she knows that. She cannot use her position in the government to push her own religious beliefs onto the people in her county but that is exactly what she is trying to do and exactly what she is saying she doesn’t want done to her. If she does not want to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples, she needs to step down. Further, if she so strongly disagrees with the laws, she can run for a policy-making position and attempt to change them. But the branch of government she chose to be in is required to follow the laws and has absolutely no authority to change them or defy them.
The fact of the matter is, she broke the law.
And finally, there is a crucial question to be made in this conversation. What if she wasn’t acting under God’s authority? If Kim Davis was Muslim, or Atheist, or Buddhist, or any other religion, would she still have widespread support? If a gay clerk refused to issue licenses to straight couples would there be rallies in their honor? Or is this cry for “religious liberty” actually a cry for exactly the opposite?
Just something to think about.