Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jail for Kentucky county clerk

By sending country clerk Kim Davis to jail this morning for refusing to obey a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, the federal judge played right into the hands of anti-gay conservatives who want a martyr for their campaign to make "religious freedom" a defining issue during the presidential campaign.

The judge rejected suggested compromises of appointing a deputy to handle the marriage licenses, or of imposing a financial penalty.   Imagine the headlines and the political ads, showing Davis being taken away to jail "for standing up for her religious beliefs."

It's an opportunity for moderates and progressives to educate people about the responsibility of elected officials to uphold the law -- but the other side will yell the loudest and demagogue the most wildly.


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