While Kim Davis is stealing the media spotlight, another person from one state over is attempting to take the law into his own hands as well, deciding that because gay people can be married, nobody can get a divorce.
Kim Davis, a county clerk from Kentucky, is making headlines as of late for violating the law. Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and as a result of the sequence of events it triggered, was found in contempt of court and will subsequently be jailed.
While Davis has the attention of all the Munchausen Martyrs on the right-wing, however, she isn’t alone in her activism. Joining Davis is Tennessee Judge Jeffery Atherton, who denied a divorce petition last week because of the Obergefell ruling.
Writing in his opinion on the case, Atherton said:
The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at minimum, contested divorce.
As Gawker notes, this ruling is more befitting a five-year-old than an adult judge:
Yes, an actual judge whose decisions affect major aspects of people’s lives just advanced the “Are you calling me dumb? Well, I guess I’ll just play dumb, then,” argument pioneered years ago in America’s Five-Year Olds v. Their Parents.
As a result of this ruling, Thomas Bumgardner, 65, and his wife, Pamela, 61, will be unable to get divorced — not that Atherton cares, because he’s confident that things will work out.
He did, however, defend his comments when questioned about them by saying, “I don’t want extraneous conversation. I’ll have to stick with the words of the order.”
Words that, as noted above, carry the weight of a five-year-old’s temper tantrum.
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