Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Kim Davis returns to work but does a Pontius Pilate

On returning to her office on Monday, Kim Davis spoke from the courthouse steps:   "If any [deputy clerk] feels that they must issue an unauthorized license to avoid being thrown in jail, I understand their tough choice, and I will take no action against them. . . .  However, any unauthorized license that they issue will not have my name, my title or my authority on it. Instead, the license will state that they are issued pursuant to a federal court order."

Does "unauthorized" simply mean she is saying to God: "Don't blame me.  I wash my hands of this deed"?  Or is she saying that the license will not be legally valid?

At least one same-sex couple got a license on Monday and seemed unconcerned that it lacked Davis' signature.   They said it was valid to them.

And how would Davis respond, I wonder, to this letter to the editor in Monday's New York Times from Alan Daniels?

"Let me see if understand this correctly.   If a religious group tried to tell Christians who they could and could not marry, they would scream religious persecution.  If I don't allow Christians to tell me who I can and can't marry, they scream religious persecution.   How stupid do you have to be to not see the hypocrisy here?"


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