One would have expected the furor to have died down once Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was held in contempt and jailed for refusing to comply with federal law and issue same-sex marriage licenses. With her deputies agreeing to issue those licenses, six same-sex couples waded through the throngs outside the courthouse and were each granted a license to marry.
But no. Ever the pot stirrer, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has announced he will be holding a major rally in support of Davis this coming week. Huckabee has been Davis’ most outspoken supporter, even visiting her in jail.
Mat Staver from the conservative think tank ‘Liberty Counsel,’ will join Huckabee on Tuesday to speechify, chant, incite and rabble-rouse the masses who believe it’s ok for this elected official to refuse to do her job. Huckabee’s opinion is that Davis being jailed for her religious beliefs constitutes the ‘criminalization of Christianity.’ In a statement, Huckabee says,
We must defend religious liberty and never surrender to judicial tyranny. I am proud of Kim for standing strong for her beliefs. Who will be next? Pastors? Photographers? Caterers? Florists? This is a reckless, appalling, out-of-control decision that undermines the Constitution of the United States and our fundamental right to religious liberty.
Here’s the deal, people. I don’t think any reasonable individual is saying this woman can’t believe what she wants to believe. Same-sex couples wanting to marry are not roving in packs attacking heterosexuals over their lifestyles. They simply want to enjoy the same rights, freedoms and liberties as anyone else. The Supreme Court decision granted those to them, and same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. As an elected official receiving tax dollars in the form of compensation for her job, she IS expected to follow the law. If that law is in contradiction with her belief system, then she needs to step aside and earn her livelihood in some other way than one in which she denies people their rights.
I hear her local Wal-Mart is hiring.
Featured image via designtrend.com.