Does one need forfeit their religious principles in order to work for the government? Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has been imprisoned for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples- an act that Davis asserts will violate her religious beliefs.
In the U.S., Christians remain under attack in both the private and the public sector. Christian business owners are stuck in a predicament as politely declining to offer their services to homosexuals looking to get married now puts them in legal hot water and in the crosshairs of radical justice departments throughout the country who are seeking to conjure law as a means of judicial activism.
Davis has become a political prisoner for her refusal to violate her conscience or voluntarily forfeit her job and as a result, the Rowan County Clerk has been imprisoned while her subordinates have been ordered to issue the licenses without Davis’ signature.
Davis’ attorney, however, assures that these licenses are “not worth the paper they’re written on.”
Mat Staver speaking outside the Carter County Detention Center where Davis is being held on a contempt charge, explained, “Our position and the position of the clerk of Rowan County is that those licenses are void.”
According to Staver, the licenses issued are not valid because they have been issued under the authority of the County Clerk’s Office. However, Davis, the county clerk, has not granted such authority.
The comments come on the day that the Rowan County Clerk’s office opened and began issuing licenses of dubious legality to same-sex couples.
Though they had been denied five times previously, James Yates and William Smith Jr. filed-into the media-packed courthouse to obtain the marriage license that had previously been denied to them by the principled bureaucrat who now resides in prison for her stance.
While many might view the granting of licenses to homosexual couples as a victory, one must consider the cost.
We now live in a country where the First Amendment protects the right of individuals to maintain their faith, but also in a country where that person can be thrown in jail if they exercise this faith.
Those who crusade to adulterate the definition of marriage often maintain that allowing same-sex marriage hurts nobody, but what kind of victory is this when those who marry do so only by forcing people to choose between violating their faith or being thrown in jail?
If homosexual unions truly “won,” it came at a steep cost to our republic.