By Richard Bruce BA, MA, and PhC in Economics
Former Instructor St. John's University, New York City
Of course, those clerks that refused to issue the licenses were only a small portion of the officials who felt that signing the licenses compromised their ethics. County clerks have resigned in protest over the issue, and 57, almost half of the 120 county clerks in Kentucky petitioned the Governor over the issue.
An important point to understand is that Kim Davis was not preventing any gays from being married or having valid legal marriage licenses. Any of the 120 county clerks from the 120 counties in Kentucky could issue a marriage license which would be legal for a marriage preformed anywhere in the state of Kentucky.
But even with free legal services, the inconvenience of going through with this court case for the gay couples was many times the inconvenience of going to a neighboring county for a license. The gay couples were probably convinced by the ACLU that the case was good for the cause.
The point is that ACLU and/or other leaders in the gay marriage movement could effectively choose which clerk would be put on trial, and Kim Davis made a great target because she had been married four times. The media and much of the public has found Kim Davis amusing. They see her as an example of typical Christian hypocracy. But, are Kim critics being hypocritical in targeting and shaming a woman who has been married and divorced many times?
For example, in Sub-Sahara Africa, where Christianity is the dominate faith, AIDS infected a large portion of the population. But the Muslims farther north have gone relatively unscathed. The difference between the Christian and Muslim experience is on the order of a hundred to one. So not only have Christians failed to live up to the lofty standards of Christ, but they have also failed to match the real world behavior of the Muslims.
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Last updated July 16, 2020