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Saturday, September 5, 2015
Why is Kim in Jail?
Kim Davis is the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses. I'm trying to figure out why she's in jail. Of course, she could have complied with the court order and issued licenses, but she said her religion didn't allow that. That's fine. I can respect that.
But why is she in jail?
I don't understand how her office runs. Why wasn't she fired for not doing her job? The court ruled that it's her job to issue same sex licenses and she's not doing it. People get fired for not doing their jobs all the time. To be fair, the job requirements changed, but who hasn't worked at a job where the duties have changed.
She could have quit her job in protest. There's a long tradition of people doing that. Then again, maybe it's not so easy to just up and quit an $80,000/year job.
So I keep asking myself, why is Kim in jail?
Is it to protest same sex marriage. Fine. She's done that. If she thinks she'll be able to reverse the law of the land, she's delusional. I really hope that's not her thinking.
Of course, to me this is all a non issue. My state, New Hampshire, has had same sex marriage for years. There were a lot of dire predictions, but nothing's happened except some people who once could not get married are now married. It doesn't ruin my day. It's none of my business.
It may violate Kim's religion's beliefs and she's going to have to find a way to deal with that. Getting put in jail doesn't seem like the healthiest way to do that, but to each his own. Guess what, the United States is a secular nation. Every day I violate someone's religious belief, be it with my morning bacon, or my after dinner beer. I'm glad I can practice my own brand of belief and happy that other people's religious rules are not my own.
I try not to judge people's religious beliefs, but I don't let their beliefs run my life -at least in the US. If I was visiting a Theocracy, well then I'd expect to have to follow their rules.
I must admit, I'm a bit curious how this case will turn out. The one thing I do know for sure is that the won't reverse a ruling by the Supreme Court.
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-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.